Clients who enter Victory Bay may have varying behavioral, emotional, and mental health issues which co-occur with their substance use disorders. To address these issues, our clinical team is well versed and experienced in treating the whole person, helping to address and heal the underlying causes of addiction. Based on client requests or clinical recommendations, comprehensive psychiatric assessments by an ASAM Certified Psychiatrist are offered as part of the program at our dual diagnosis treatment center in NJ. Some of the most common co-occurring disorders are:


Depression is a common but serious mood disorder afflicts many people at various points in their lives. It causes severe symptoms that affect how you feel, think, and handle daily activities, such as sleeping, eating, or engaging in relationships.

It is important to be able to distinguish between the two main types of depression: situational and clinical:

  1. Situational depression occurs after a specific event or a series of events in a person’s life. It can usually be pinpointed to an approximate time-period. It is often accompanied by feelings of grief, sadness, hopelessness and helplessness. With therapeutic interventions, situational depression can be treated.
  2. Clinical depression is that type of depression caused by a chemical imbalance within the brain and usually has a genetic component as it can be passed down from generation to generation. Unlike situational depression, there may be no specific event or events that cause the depression and can come on suddenly and without explanation. The most effective way for clinical depression to be treated is through a combination of therapeutic interventions and psychotropic medications, such as antidepressants, to help correct chemical imbalances. The staff at our dual diagnosis treatment center in NJ will be able to help clients identify the particular type of depression they have and the most effective way to treat it.


Most people experience some type of anxiety in their everyday lives. Like stress, the right amount can be a motivator. However, when anxiety becomes so excessive to the point where it is debilitating, therapeutic interventions become necessary. It is imperative for each individual to be able to identify the triggers that cause their anxiety. With the help of the expertly trained clinicians at Victory Bay, clients will be able to identify these triggers and then coping skills for dealing with anxiety can be developed. After all, we cannot eliminate anxiety, but we can learn how to manage it.

Bipolar Disorder

Bipolar Disorder is a mental health condition with alternating periods of depression and dangerously elevated moods. Like Clinical Depression, it has a genetic component which can be passed on from generation to generation. Once this condition has been diagnosed, it is imperative that the individual combine therapeutic interventions along with any prescribed psychotropic medications. The clinical staff at Victory Bay recognize that it is important to explore and process how drugs and alcohol may exacerbate and intensify the symptoms of bi polar disorder with those clients.

Psychiatric Services

With mental health issues such as clinical depression and bipolar disorder being very prevalent with drug and alcohol addiction, it is important to have access to psychiatric services. A psychiatrist can prescribe psychotropic medications while monitoring an individual’s progress in treatment. Our dual diagnosis treatment center in NJ will provide the services of a consulting psychiatrist to meet with clients with such mental health issues, prescribe medications if necessary, and help clients process any side effects or changes that may be a result of the medications.

Medication Management Services

Medication Management Services are directly related to our psychiatric services. Since Victory Bay utilizes the expertise of a consulting psychiatrist, those who are prescribed psychotropic medications will be closely monitored. In addition, each individual who is taking medications will be educated as to what they are taking, what the purpose of the medication is, and what the possible side effects are.

Psychological Services

With drug and alcohol addiction, there is not only a physical dependency, but a psychological dependency as well. After months and years of the same behaviors, patterns have developed which can be difficult to break. At Victory Bay, we use many types of evidence-based psychological techniques so that clients can identify, understand, and begin to change the negative thoughts and faulty thinking patterns that were developed during the course of their addiction. Once these thoughts and cognitions begin to change, real progress can be made as behaviors change. With the help of the clinical expertise at our dual diagnosis treatment center in NJ, triggers can be identified, coping skills can be developed, and relapse prevention and wellness planning are then put into place.