Mental Health and Substance Abuse Treatment

We treat adolescents ages 12-17 struggling with a mental health and/or alcohol/substance use disorder. In many cases, we treat adolescents with one or the other: a mental health disorder or an alcohol/substance use disorder. However, we’re also a dual diagnosis treatment center, which means our clinicians have the training, expertise, and experience required to treat and support adolescents with co-occurring disorders.

What are Co-Occurring Disorders?

When a person experiences addiction and a mental illness at the same time, clinicians use the term co-occurring disorders. It’s often difficult to determine which develops first – the mental health disorder or the alcohol/substance use disorder – but when they do happen simultaneously, addiction and mental illness can lead to patterns of emotion and behavior that exacerbate the negative symptoms and effects of both the addiction and the mental illness.

If you’re the parent of a teenager with a mental illness or a substance use disorder, it’s important to understand that stress, isolation, and boredom can affect both mental health disorders and substance use disorders. Teens with major depressive disorder and/or anxiety have an elevated risk of addiction or substance abuse, and vice versa. Teens with addiction or substance abuse issues are at elevated risk of developing a mental health disorder such as depression or anxiety.

That’s why finding a treatment center that can treat both at the same time is essential for the long-term health and wellness of your teenager and family.

Mental Health Disorders: What We Treat

These are the mental health issues we see most often in our adolescent clients:

For a full list of the mental health disorders our clinicians are trained to treat, please refer to the detailed list at the end of this page.

Substance Use Disorder: What We Treat

These are the substances of abuse, misuse, and disordered use we see most often in our adolescent clients:

  • Psychedelic drugs/Hallucinogens (LSD, DMT, Ecstasy/MDMA)
  • Amphetamines
  • Benzodiazepines
  • Cannabis
  • Alcohol

In addition to addressing the use or abuse of these substances, we support teens who engage in life-interrupting behaviors often related to addiction, but do not themselves meet the criteria for the diagnosis of a mental health or behavioral disorder.

For a full list of the substance use disorder diagnoses our clinicians are trained to treat, please refer to the detailed list at the end of this page.

Dual Diagnosis Treatment at Evolve

We’re experts in both adolescent addiction treatment and adolescent mental health treatment. That means that with regards to co-occurring disorders, we know what to look for, and when we identify a co-occurring disorder and arrive at a dual diagnosis, we know what to do: we create an individualized treatment plan that gives a teenager the greatest chance of long-term recovery.

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) confirms that when individuals receive integrated, dual-diagnosis care for their addiction and mental health disorder, they can recover from the addiction and learn the skills necessary to manage their mental health disorder.

What We Treat: A Comprehensive List

Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder

Depressive Disorders

  • Disruptive mood dysregulation disorder
  • Major depressive disorder, single and recurrent episodes
  • Persistent depressive disorder
  • Other depressive disorders

Anxiety Disorders

  • Panic disorder
  • Generalized anxiety disorder
  • Separation anxiety disorder
  • Social anxiety disorder (social phobia)
  • Agoraphobia
  • Other panic disorders

Personality Disorders

  • Borderline personality disorder or traits associated with borderline personality disorder
  • Histrionic personality traits
  • Narcissistic personality traits

Psychotic Disorders

  • Early or first-episode psychosis
  • Prodromal schizophrenia
  • Substance/medication-induced psychotic disorder
  • Psychotic disorder due to another medical condition

Obsessive-Compulsive and Related Disorders

  • Obsessive-compulsive disorder
  • Body dysmorphic disorder
  • Substance/medication-induced obsessive-compulsive and related disorder

Trauma- and Stressor-Related Disorders

  • Posttraumatic stress disorder
  • Acute stress disorder
  • Adjustment disorders

Gender Dysphoria

  • Gender dysphoria
  • Other specified gender dysphoria

Disruptive, Impulse-Control, and Conduct Disorders

  • Oppositional defiant disorder
  • Intermittent explosive disorder
  • Conduct disorder**

**We accept clients with conduct disorder on a case-by-case basis.

Substance-Related and Addictive Disorders

  • Substance-related disorders
  • Alcohol-related disorders
  • Cannabis-related disorders
  • Hallucinogen-related disorders
  • Inhalant-related disorders
  • Opioid-related disorders
  • Sedative-, hypnotic-, or anxiolytic-related disorders
  • Stimulant-related disorders
  • Tobacco-related disorders

Eating Disorders

We treat or manage adolescent clients with the following eating disorders on a case-by-case basis. However, we accept clients with these diagnoses only when they are not the primary diagnosis and do not cause medical instability.

  • Avoidant/restrictive food intake disorder
  • Anorexia nervosa
  • Bulimia nervosa
  • Binge-eating disorder

Autism Spectrum Disorder

We treat adolescents on the autism spectrum when they’re considered high-functioning and the presence of a mental health or substance use disorder indicates treatment at a level of care offered by Evolve.

Treatment and Support at Evolve

If your teen struggles with with any of the mental health disorders, alcohol/substance use disorders, or co-occurring addiction and mental health disorders mentioned above, you can start them on the path toward a life of their choosing with our team of expert clinicians.

Treatment works – and evidence shows that the sooner individuals in need of treatment receive that treatment, the sooner they can begin the journey toward health, balance, and wellbeing.