Dual Diagnosis Treatment Curriculum

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We developed our dual diagnosis (co-occurring mental health disorders) curriculum for use at our facilities using research-based clinical practices in order to provide clients with effective addiction therapy developed in consideration of industry best practices. In order to create this effective, research-based curriculum, we collaborated with addiction industry consultants with 30+ years of experience.

Unique Features

Among dual diagnosis treatment centers, American Addiction Centers’ addiction recovery curriculum Embracing Change: Recovery for Life is a comprehensive, quality product and a top strength of our treatment facilities. Our dual diagnosis curriculum focuses on engaging our clients, from the content and imagery to the colors and interactive exercises. Presented as a series of workbooks that follow alongside the dual diagnosis treatment process, our curriculum was designed with interactive and informative lessons, that appeal to all learning styles.

Throughout treatment, clients participate in recovery-focused didactic and experiential groups and have time to complete their workbooks together or independently. For many clients their workbooks are tangible and powerful indicators of progress and inspiration. For the rest of their lives they can revisit these pages for further reflection and growth.

Dual Diagnosis Curriculum

Stages of Change
Primarily focuses on the research-based modality of Motivational Interviewing. Since the problem has been identified, this book delves deeper into tangible stages of change and goal setting.

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)

Centers on the relationships between thoughts, feelings, and behaviors and changing the way clients think so it is more conducive to long-term recovery. In addition to CBT, the modalities of Rational Emotive Behavioral Therapy (REBT) and Solution-Focused Therapy are emphasized via reflection exercises.

Coping with Addiction
Addresses the identification and practice of coping skills. In collaboration with the treatment team and treatment plan, clients learn to narrow down what works best for them and their recovery.

Living in Recovery
Focuses on life’s more difficult questions such as finding purpose in recovery. To achieve sustainable change clients learn to define who they are and want to become as well as long-term actions that will add new meaning to their lives.

What Are the Twelve Steps? Steppin’ a New Life
An over-arching workbook that serves as an introduction to the steps and overall spirit of the 12 steps. Additionally, clients are able to participate in various 12-step meetings, learn how to find sponsors and more.

Why is a 90-Day Program better than the typical 30-day program?

Curriculum FAQs

Why is the curriculum called Embracing Change: Recovery for Life?

Great question! A major component of our treatment philosophy derives from Motivational Interviewing (MI). The overall “spirit” of MI states that instead of “forcing” people to change, we should focus on building their intrinsic value of change and help them “nudge” towards new behaviors. Since experience and research demonstrates that change can be scary, we want to help people embrace it at a pace that is healthy for them. Furthermore, we want these pro-recovery changes to be sustainable and long-term, hence the subtitle.

How often are the workbooks updated?

At minimum, they are updated annually to remain current with research and best practices for dual diagnosis treatment centers.


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