Chemical Dependency, Substance Abuse & Dual Diagnosis (Co-Occurring Disorders)

Sometimes addiction to alcohol or drugs is accompanied by a secondary, but significant, condition that may affect the positive outcome of treatment for alcohol and/or drug abuse.

Some of the conditions that lead to a dual diagnosis (co-occuring disorders) include:

  • Anxiety disorders
  • Panic disorders
  • Depression
  • Childhood sexual or other abuse
  • Post-traumatic stress
  • Other emotional and behavioral problems

At Lakeside, we know that chemical dependency is not a character deficiency or moral weakness. It is progressive, potentially fatal disease that has long-term emotional and physical impact on the individual and the whole family. When it is accompanied by other mental health problems, it is important to treat both. At least 30% of the people who recognize their alcohol and/or drug abuse also have emotional disorders. Addictive behaviors are more likely to continue unless these disorders are recognized and treated.

Lakeside has decades of experience dealing with psychiatric illness and substance addictions. Our objective is to return an individual to his or her daily routine as soon as possible.


  • 12-Step Sponsorship
  • Addiction Education Group
  • Aftercare Groups
  • Assertiveness Training
  • Big Book Studies
  • Cognitive Skills Groups
  • Communication Skills
  • Daily Meditation
  • Family Education
  • Illness Education
  • Medication Management
  • Multi-Family Therapy
  • Problem Solving
  • Processing Groups
  • Recovery Community Development
  • Relapse Prevention
  • Spirituality Groups
  • Step Studies
  • Stress Management
  • Suicide Intervention*
  • Support Groups
  • Trauma Resolution*

*as determined by attending physician


Treatment at Lakeside May Involve These Four Phases:

  • Evaluation and Assessment: Treatment begins with a comprehensive evaluation that becomes the foundation for an individual’s personal treatment plan. Intervention counseling for the patient and family to enable them to get the maximum benefit from the program. After an assessment a decision will be made about what type of treatment is most appropriate: inpatient, partial hospitalization or intensive outpatient. The therapist helps identify specific goals and interventions needed to address a patient’s specific needs.
  • Detoxification: The effective and safe management of withdrawal from alcohol anddrugs in an inpatient setting. It is not necessary in all cases, but when it is it must occur before treatment can continue.
  • Rehabilitation: The main phase of treatment. It involves completion of the assessment and implementation of a Treatment Plan which generally includes group therapy, individual therapy, family therapy, and activity therapy. A daily schedule includes focused goal-setting, group therapy and educational groups in which individuals address the issues that have disrupted their lives. A patient may be assigned to a special program to deal with trauma resolution or even suicide intervention.
  • Continuing Care: Provides a comprehensive and continuing system of support after discharge from inpatient, partial treatment, or intensive outpatient. It involves ongoing access to the hospital staff, continuing individual and group therapy sessions, and family support as well as referral to and monitoring or AA/NA program participation after discharge.