Mental Health & Dual Diagnosis Treatment

Research shows that roughly 60% of people with addictive disorders also have a mental health disorder.  An undiagnosed mental health disorder can be debilitating in every aspect of one’s life.  A comprehensive evaluation and work up for mental health, relational, and addictive disorder symptoms is a key component in choosing the most effective treatment strategy. Often times patients suffer from a dual diagnosis, suffering from a co-occurring substance abuse and mental health problem. We have experts in mood disorders, anxiety disorders, trauma, disordered eating, OCD, and ADHD as well as a combination of psychiatric, psychological, therapeutic, group, and holistic treatment strategies all of which have proven to be incredibly effective in alleviating an individual’s overall symptoms. An example of the most common mental health disorders we treat include:    



-PTSD & Trauma Disorders

-Anxiety Disorders

-Mood Disorders (Depression, Bipolar Disorder)



With new research and technical advances, we continually look for ways to improve our ability to heal.  Injecting medical care, neuroscience and evidence based medicine into mental health and addiction treatment is a powerful and necessary component of good care. Cutting edge psychopharmacology, comprehensive diagnostic assessments, neuropsychological testing and neuro-imaging are just a few of the tools we use to beter diagnose and treat our clients. Examples of Innovative Medicine Include: 1) Neuroimaging 2) Comprehensive Diagnostic Assessment 3) Biofeedback 4) Neurofeedback 5) Trans-Cranial Magnetic Stimulation 6) Neuropsychological Testing 7) Cutting Edge Psychiatric Medicine



The use of alternative methods of healing in mental health and addiction treatment has been found to be quite effective. We may utilize holistic medicine in conjunction with traditional therapy, group, and medication management in place of traditional treatment methods.


For example, a client with ADHD and stimulant abuse (Adderall, for example) may come in and initially require a substitutive non-addictive medication but with regular treatment including meditation, spiritual psychotherapy, and acupuncture, they may require less medication or no medication to alleviate their overall symptoms. Eastern methods of healing, in particular, have been found to be effective in managing impulses, decreasing anxiety, and stabilizing mood.


Examples of Alternative & Holistic Treatments:


    1) Chinese Medicine

    2) Yoga

    3) Meditation

    4) Spiritual Psychotherapy

    5) Healing States

    6) Creative Visualization

    7) Trauma Work: Somatic Experiencing, EMDR

    8) Art Therapy

    9) Executive/Lifestyle Coaching

    10) Diaphragmatic Breathing

    11) Nutritional & Holistic Nutrition Support

    12) Acupuncture


When we get stressed out or feel overwhelmed, it’s really important to have an outlet – a way to chill out. Although some people work out, play sports or talk to their friends, more and more people are popping pills to feel better and it’s getting out of control. The use of spiritual practice (trained breathing, meditation, yoga) can be a very effective lifetime substitute for popping pills.


The Control Center recognizes the importance of spiritual work in the treatment of self control and addiction.


The growing trend of scientific research clearly shows the integration of mind-body medicine to be a key component in decreasing anxiety and rage symptoms as well as maintaining sobriety and preventing relapse. As such, we have developed a spiritual program that will be used in conjunction with medical, nutritional and therapy based treatment models to form a fully integrated care system.


Research in the field of spirituality and addiction shows many positive effects including:


Meditation: The use of meditation improves both structural and functional brain changes. Researchers found that even for beginners, meditation enhances one’s ability to focus attention and alters resting brain patterns. Neuro-imaging reveals that meditation can increase cortical thickness.


Yoga For Healing, Yoga and Breathing techniques: The use of Yoga and breathing techniques, such as pranayama, can stabilize the central nervous system assisting in addiction recovery and improved impulse control. Studies on Yoga reveal increased GABA levels in the brain with associated improvement in anxiety, depression and addictions. Yoga and breathing techniques help in the reduction of stress, tension and cortisol (a stress hormone) and can improve sleep, reduce pain, and increase serotonin (5-HT) which can improve memory, appetite and overall mood.


Creative Visualization: The use of creative visualization can be instrumental in helping an individual to focus and be more attentive to their relationships, work and overall environment. The practice is also used with professional athletes. Creative visualization refers to the practice of seeking to affect the outer world by changing thought patterns. In using an individual’s imagination to visualize specific behaviors or events occurring in one’s life while fully utilizing the senses, this spiritual exercise can help re-program negative thought patterns to positive ones.