Talbott Recovery’s Dual Addiction Program for Adults provides a combination of education, individual therapy and group therapy for those struggling with dual addiction — both substance disorders and addictive sexual behavior. Recent research reveals that as many as 50% and higher of certain populations struggling with alcohol and/or drug addiction are also engaging in compulsive sexual activity which causes equal damage to health, self-esteem and relationships. As such, we have developed a highly specialized dual addiction recovery program to simultaneously address both problems. The Dual Addiction Program is gender-specific, including GLBTQ groups, based on the 12-Step treatment model, and involves addiction education, psychosexual education and spiritual exploration and development.
Dual Addiction Treatment Process
Each patient’s situation is assessed to develop an optimal dual addiction treatment plan addressing each aspect of the addictive disease—alcohol and/or drugs and sexual activity and/or relationships and GLBTQ relationships. Each patient’s treatment team consists of an Attending Physician, Case Manager/Primary Therapist, Family Counselor and Continuing Care Coordinator who specialize in treating substance addiction and sexual compulsivity and/or preoccupation.
Treatment Phases for Dual Addiction
Phase I – Campus treatment for eight weeks with individualized day and evening therapy for dual addictions, including 12-Step meeting attendance, dual addiction education and relapse prevention training. Patients will work on sobriety both from substances and undesired behaviors while they learn to restore their dignity and to eliminate shame
Phase II – Mirror Image Therapy (a Talbott Recovery innovation) for four-and-a-half weeks includes working with other patients to reflect their own recovery progress and to strengthen their sense of dignity and self-esteem through service to others
Dual Addiction Family Program
Family therapy is an integral part of treatment as addiction impacts the entire family. Family therapy sessions throughout dual addiction treatment and a 3-day Family Workshop combine to provide families with information on the nature of addiction and its treatment, as well as, the many forms in which addiction manifests itself, including sexual and romantic preoccupations and behaviors. Family members will engage in supportive and therapeutic counseling sessions to begin rebuilding trust and intimacy in relationships.
Our goal for our patients is long-term sobriety and well-being via self-sustaining recovery. Each patient’s treatment team and Continuing Care Coordinator work together throughout the dual addiction treatment program to identify needed resources for the patient to maintain solid recovery after treatment. Every effort is made to connect patients with those resources prior to their discharge from Talbott Recovery. We also provide six 2-day Alumni Return Visit workshops per year for patients to refresh their knowledge and commitment to recovery; meet with their treatment team to assess progress; identify areas for improvement; and to building lasting relationships with fellow alumni.