Trauma-Informed Dual-Diagnosis Approach

On the climb to adulthood, some young men stumble onto the wrong path. Substance abuse and the behavioral changes that accompany it are terrifying and disturbing for family members and peers to witness. Yet, it’s all just the external expression of deeper issues far beneath the surface. Comprehensive dual-diagnosis addiction treatment at Red Oak Recovery® helps young men heal from the inside out and for the long run.

Our young men’s addiction treatment is structured around instilling six core values in our clients:







when is addiction treatment necessary?

Whether you are struggling with addiction yourself or watching a loved one misuse substances, it can be hard to know when it’s time for treatment. Sometimes, the legal system, school board, or employer may make the decision for you. No matter where you are in your journey, know this: You don’t have to wait until you hit rock bottom to get help. If you believe that your life or your loved one’s life could be easier and better without drugs or alcohol, that’s a start. Reach out and we can continue the conversation.

what is dual-diagnosis addiction treatment?

Substance use disorder and other mental health disorders are closely linked. For example, studies show that more than one third of adults with substance use disorder also suffer from a mental illness. For many, drugs and alcohol are a desperate attempt at self-medicating issues like PTSD, depression, and anxiety. Addiction is often the tragic end result.

However, despite the prevalence of dual diagnoses (also known as comorbidities) many treatment options still focus on one primary concern. In fact, a Pew Research Center study found that only 1 in 10 adults seeking treatment for substance use disorder or a mental health disorder received treatment for their comorbidities. Sadly, solving one half of the problem is not solving the problem at all. Relapse and recurring treatment instances are fueled by this insufficient treatment. 

At Red Oak Recovery®, we believe that peak recovery comes from deep, holistic healing. That’s why all of our clinicians are dually licensed for mental health and substance use disorder, and we approach all treatment plans with an awareness of and concern for comorbid conditions. Learn more about our mental health treatment for young men at the link.

what about trauma?

Today, we know that substance use disorder is often tied to underlying emotional trauma. According to one federal study, nearly half of the American adults in substance use disorder treatment reported experiencing trauma in their past. More than two thirds of children surveyed in another federal study reported experiencing a traumatic incident prior to the age of 16.

Trauma may not be what you expect. Experiences like war, abuse, and assault certainly qualify, but trauma is really defined as any experience that overwhelms an individual’s ability to cope. Many young men aren’t even aware of the trauma that fuels their emotions and actions. 

At Red Oak, our entire community is trauma-informed and built to accommodate the delicate self-exploration and deep work that is trauma healing. Therapists are trained in modalities such as EMDR (eye movement desensitization and reprocessing), which has been shown to have above a 90% success rate in treating PTSD.

addiction treatment modalities

Every individual treatment plan is custom-built to address the needs of each young man. Our expert team utilizes a variety of innovative and evidence-based modalities, including:





Animal Assisted








Dialectical Behavior












Life Skills










REBT (Rational Emotive

Behavior Therapy)



Relapse Prevention






And More

Our Therapeutic Outcomes Study shows the effects of this deep work. Read the Outcomes Study at the link.

theraputic processes

Addiction treatment therapies are supported by wider therapeutic processes that allow each client to understand their unique role in their lives and our community. Our entire campus environment serves as a therapeutic environment, while structured sessions throughout the program facilitate deeper work. Therapeutic groups may include:

educational groups & workshops

While all aspects of our program are deeply educational, formal programming offers helpful instruction on topics vital to living successfully in recovery. Topics in our educational groups and workshops may include:

holistic addiction treatment

Addiction is a disease of the body, mind, and spirit, and recovering from it requires a multifaceted approach. For that reason we offer comprehensive holistic treatments as part of each individual’s plan, including:

family therapy

Addiction is a family disease, and successful addiction treatment requires family therapy. Red Oak Recovery® is proud to have developed a renowned family program that is deeply integrated into each client’s work. Learn more about our Family Program at the link.

peak experience, peak recovery

Nestled in the heart of the Blue Ridge Mountains, our campus offers infinite opportunities for awe-inspiring interactions with the natural world. Our structured programming includes adventure therapy and outings meant to introduce community members to the joy of life in recovery. Staff members are certified adventure life coaches, certified in first aid, adventure first responders, and certified canoe instructors, ensuring the utmost level of safety at all times. With our Recovery Guides by their side, clients can experience true transformation.

the therapeutic journey to recovery

Overall, each of these modalities, experiences, and opportunities are molded into a therapeutic curriculum shaped around four distinct “journeys” that each client will conquer, including:

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Start your journey today.

what about the 12 steps?

Red Oak Recovery® is centered on a robust treatment program of clinical work, supplemented by transformative experiences. While not a 12 Step program, we do integrate the 12 Steps into client treatment as appropriate — both to introduce clients to a vital recovery tool and to meet each client where they are in the process of recovery.

We realize that in order for recovery to be a life-long commitment to mindful living, the approach must be fluid, open, and totally non-judgmental. Accordingly, our clients are invited to take those aspects of 12 Step recovery that resonate with them, and leave the rest. We create an environment where personal boundaries are not infringed upon and where genuine trust can be built so that the process of recovery and transformation is rooted in each individual’s personal path.

We do hold 12 Step meetings within our own space to familiarize our clients with the teachings of the 12 Steps and the structure of typical meetings. Clients may also travel in small groups to off-campus meetings during their stay. Our leadership team, clinical technicians, therapists, and team members strive to uphold and reinforce 12 step principles in their day-to-day actions and interactions with others, modeling for our clients the essence of an authentic life in recovery.

addictions we treat

The expert clinical team at Red Oak Recovery® has decades of experience treating substance use disorder involving all drugs and alcohol. We regularly treat clients who abuse or are addicted to:

If you have questions about your substance use or that of a loved one, reach out to our team. They’ll listen to your story and provide any guidance needed in order to move forward.

mental health treatment

Our dual-diagnosis approach means that our clinicians are well equipped to treat co-occurring mental health disorders, such as:



Bipolar Disorder


Disordered Eating

Mood Disorders


Panic Disorder


Social Anxiety Disorder


And More


the difference

Red Oak Recovery® is the only addiction treatment program of its kind. To learn more about how we can help you or a loved one experience peak recovery, contact our caring admissions team via chat or the link below.