Psychiatric / Medical

Upon admission our patients will meet with our medical director who is Board Certified in psychiatry with an added qualification in addiction psychiatry. They will continue to meet with our medical director each week. Our board certified psychiatric and medical ANRP will meet with our patients for an initial History and Physical exam and will continue to meet with our patients to address any medical issues that may arise and to make referrals to medical specialists when needed.

Our medical director will render a “dual diagnosis” when the patient is both a drug or alcohol addict and also exhibits signs of an additional psychological disorder or psychiatric disease. When dual diagnosis is the medical finding, it is imperative that both the drug or alcohol addiction and the mental illness be treated concurrently at a rehabilitation clinic because this scenario can make relapse more prevalent. When the patient is considered harmful to themselves or others, immediate admission into a drug treatment facility is highly recommended.

These combined effects exacerbate symptoms and can make recovery difficult. However, our addiction treatment facility specializes in a dual therapeutic treatment with a time-tested approach for a safe and comfortable recovery. Treatment from medical professionals who specialize in drug addiction is crucial to attaining recovery and preventing relapse.


Sometimes, the symptoms of the drug and/or alcohol addiction may conceal the symptoms of a mental illness or vice versa. Typically, the addicted person with a dual diagnosis may display one or more of the following behaviors:

  • Difficulty with intimacy
  • Erratic mood swings
  • Inability to maintain employment or attend classes
  • Difficulty formulating and conveying thoughts
  • Become socially inept or solitary
  • Inability to manage finances or control spending
  • Violent tendencies or uncontrolled anger

A common mistake made by many dual diagnosis programs is dedicating too much energy towards one diagnosis while neglecting the other. At Next Chapter Treatment, our team will promptly commence therapeutic treatment of both the addiction and the mental illness after the diagnosis is rendered to ensure a successful recovery.

Patients who seek treatment for a dual diagnosis are taught to develop and follow a recovery plan for their mental illness that supports and complements the sober recovery plan for their addiction. It’s important to know that addicts with a dual diagnosis can realize recovery, and through treatment, will learn skills to cope with their addiction and receive therapy for their mental illness. Our rehabilitation center will provide a dual approach to help you utilize a larger support network and start living a sober, happy and fulfilling life.

Next Chapter treats patients from all over the United States and in our back yard of Delray, West Palm Beach and Boca Raton, FL.

My journey (and growth!) of these last several months has been tremendous, and I could not be more grateful to Next Chapter and all involved for your part in helping me to open my eyes and heart to a self-awareness I have not had in a very, very long time. I took your suggestions from our first initial conversations of getting back to 12 step meetings, counseling and my own inward continued journey. I express genuine, true heartfelt thanks for that
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