The dual diagnosis treatment teams at our Sovereign Health of Fort Myers and Sovereign Health of Pompano Beach facilities are multidisciplinary groups of medical and nonmedical professionals. Their expertise lies in managing treatment for dual diagnosis, mental health issues, substance abuse, trauma, pain management, eating disorders, and cognitive deficits.
The dual diagnosis treatment teams vary slightly according to individual patient needs, level of care and facility, but our expert teams typically include many or all of the following:
Dual Diagnosis treatment team
- Medical doctors: Our board-certified physicians complete a thorough history, physical examination and any tests necessary to determine a patient’s physical condition. Appropriate medications and monitoring directions are prescribed in collaboration with our psychiatrists.
- Psychiatrists: Our psychiatrists specialize in mental health disorders and evaluate our patients from a psychiatric perspective. They are also available for crisis intervention when necessary. Medications to ease anxiety and stabilize mood may be prescribed in collaboration with our medical doctors.
- Licensed nurses: For those going through our medically supervised detox program at Sovereign Health at Fort Myers, our licensed nurses monitor our patients’ vital signs and withdrawal symptoms throughout the process. They also obtain laboratory samples, insert intravenous catheters and infusions, administer prescribed medications, and communicate directly with our physicians.
- Psychologists: Psychologists work one-on-one with patients to ensure accurate diagnosis of all conditions, including underlying and co-occurring disorders. Our psychologists play a therapeutic role with our patients and help guide our treatment team in meeting each individual patient’s goals and needs.
- Psychotherapists: Therapists facilitate talk therapy with patients, groups and families. Many have specialty areas of expertise. Patients are matched up with therapists who can best address their specific condition and circumstances.
- Counselors: Our licensed mental health counselors assist patients in understanding the nature of mental health illness and how to live with these conditions successfully.
- Case managers: Case managers facilitate communication between team members and our patients, and ensure the quality and continuity of care in our treatment programs.
- Patient advocates: Patient advocates function as a liaison between patients and their families as well as members of the treatment team. Our patient advocates also help communicate patients’ wishes and needs and handles their critical issues so that they can focus on getting well.
- Registered dieticians: Each dietician assesses our patients’ histories, current conditions, medications, food preferences, lifestyle habits and other factors to assist them with food choices that will improve their nutritional status, health, wellbeing and quality of life. Our dieticians also consult with our personal chef in the Fort Myers facility to ensure that each patient has meals that meet his or her dietary requirements and preferences.
- House managers: House managers provide supervision to patients while they are in residential housing. They coordinate transportation, individual treatments schedules, meals, and communicate directly with treatment team members.
- Ancillary staff: Our ancillary staff provides many different types of supportive services to our patients and their families. We have equine therapists, art and music therapists, physical therapists, acupuncturists, neurofeedback specialists, and many other important members of our treatment teams.
Sovereign Health of Florida provides treatment and services for dual diagnosis in our safe, supervised residential facilities. Our philosophy, known as the Sovereign Way, is to provide individualized, clinically driven and evidence-based treatments for all our patients. We use cutting-edge technology and high-quality treatment methods to provide each of our patients with the tools they need to learn how to live with a mental health disorder and regain control of their health and lives.
Our facilities are designed to make our patients as comfortable as possible and provide relaxing environments that help promote relaxation so patients can focus on recovery. We offer a wide range of activities, from beach outings to visiting local art galleries, as well as family group outings. We also offer a number of educational accommodations, such as parenting classes, GED classes and job training.
If you or a loved one is struggling with a dual diagnosis, help is available.
For more information about our dual diagnosis treatment program or any of our specialized programs, please call our 24/7 helpline.