Deaconess Riley

Psychiatric & Addictions Outpatient Treatment

The Adolescent Dual Diagnosis Clinic offers both integrated psychiatric and addictions outpatient treatment for adolescents and young adults.

Services Offered:

Diagnostic Evaluation to determine the extent of the substance use disorder and whether another psychiatric illness co-exists.

Individual Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for adolescent substances use and co-occurring psychiatric disorders.

Medication Management by psychiatrists with experience in treating adolescents with substance use disorders and other psychiatric illnesses.

Family Therapy and Groups to help families learn skills to support their adolescent's progress.

Motivational Enhancement prize program to encourage participation, sobriety, and reintegration into a drug and alcohol free life.

Informational Materials provided about substance use disorders, other psychiatric illnesses, and available treatments and therapies.

Common Questions:

What is a substance use disorder?
Substance use disorders include drug and alcohol abuse dependence. Substance use disorders impair social, academic, and family life.

Who is the treatment for?
This treatment is for 10-18 year olds suffering from substance abuse and any other behavioral, attentional, and/or emotional difficulty. Adolescents who struggle with anxiety, mood, adjustment, ADHD, defiance, anger, psychosis, etc. are likely to benefit from treatment.

Which treatments are used during therapy?
Empirically tested ideas, interventions, and manualized cognitive behavioral therapies are used. Marlatt and Gordon's model for relapse prevention is also incorporated into the therapy. Diagnostic and family focused therapeutic options are offered as part of the academically oriented clinic.

Should the entire family be involved?
Family involvement is strongly encouraged to enhance the real-world opportunities to practice skills and to build a stronger support network. The therapist will meet with the family or significant other to educate them on substance use and co-existing disorders, explain CBT for substance use, and review the teen's progress in treatment.

Will information given in therapy be shared with anyone?
The information the patient provides during therapy will not be shared with anyone unless the patient chooses to share the information or there is a risk of harm to self or others.  

Is there homework involved?
At-home practice exercises will be assigned to reinforce learning new behaviors and skills. These assignments involve practicing what the patient has focused on during the session in a real life situation.

How are new skills learned?
Behavior rehearsal role play is important for learning new skills. Role playing can be awkward at first, but with practice it becomes much more comfortable.

What phases are involved in therapy?
In Phase 1, the patient's motivation for change will be determined through motivational interviewing. In Phase 2, skill building, the therapist and patient select and complete skills modules based on the specific needs and treatment goals established in Phase 1.

How long does therapy last?
Therapy lasts for 16 weeks with one session per week.

For an appointment:
Call 812-858-3136 to speak to Lynn Bell, LCSW and Jodie Kissel, LCSW

Our Providers

Leslie Hulvershorn, MD