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Aspen Institute for Behavioral Assessment Introduces New Treatment Track for Teens With Co-Occurring Disorders

SYRACUSE, UT--(Marketwired - Sep 17, 2013) - The Aspen Institute for Behavioral Assessment, a licensed and accredited specialty psychiatric hospital for adolescents in Syracuse, Utah, has announced the opening of a new treatment track for teens with co-occurring disorders, the combination of a mental disorder with an alcohol or substance use disorder. Indicative of the need for this comprehensive treatment approach are multiple studies which show that more than 50% of young persons with a substance use disorder also have a diagnosable mental illness. Additionally the prevalence of co-occurring disorders within the juvenile justice system and among survivors of criminal victimization/trauma is noteworthy.

"We created this program in response to a clearly indicated need among adolescents to treat both mental health issues and substance use problems simultaneously and in complete collaboration," says Dr. David Hans, Executive Director of Aspen Institute. "Our integrated approach coordinates substance use and mental health interventions which focus on the whole person, utilizing motivational enhancement and skills-based programming."

The Aspen Institute's new co-occurring disorder track is a 3-8 week program that may include medical detoxification, psychiatric stabilization, comprehensive neuropsychological evaluation, and individual, group, and family therapy. In addition, the program provides recommendations for continuing care and is able to access partial insurance coverage for the majority of families.

"Substance abuse often starts in adolescents with the self-medicating of underlying mental health struggles," says Dr. Hans. "Providing treatment, assessment and education for both disorders simultaneously in a safe and secure environment can be significantly more efficacious than the more common parallel or sequential approaches to treatment."

The new co-occurring disorders track began on September 1, 2013.

About the Aspen Institute for Behavioral Assessment

The Aspen Institute for Behavioral Assessment is licensed as a specialty psychiatric hospital for adolescents from 13-17 years old. The average length of stay ranges from 30-45 days depending on the clinical need. The Institute's mission is to provide stabilization, diagnostic clarity, and the formulation of a longitudinal treatment plan for optimal treatment options. The diagnostic profile served at the Institute includes the full continuum of mental health disorders. The assessment is achieved via psychotherapy, neuropsychological testing, classroom assessments, therapeutic milieu, and psychiatric stabilization. The therapeutic assessment is a multi-disciplinary approach consisting of two hours of individual therapy, one hour of family therapy and five hours of group therapy weekly by fully licensed therapists. Weekly psychiatric sessions occur for medication management and full psychiatric evaluation. At the end of the assessment, each family receives a "roadmap" to guide them through the next stage of treatment and life.

The Aspen Institute for Behavioral Assessment is a program of CRC Health Group, the nation's largest and most comprehensive network of specialized behavioral health and addiction services. CRC offers the largest array of personalized treatment options, allowing individuals, families, and professionals to choose the most appropriate treatment setting for their behavioral, addiction, weight management and therapeutic education needs. CRC is committed to making its services widely and easily available, while maintaining a passion for delivering advanced treatment. Since 1995, CRC programs have helped individuals and families reclaim and enrich their lives.

Christine Simmons/ Shana Starr
LFPR (CRC Health Group)
949-502-6200 ext. 320 / 209 /

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