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Essential Behavioral Health Services in Duluth, MN

Essential Behavioral Health Services in Duluth, MN provides comprehensive mental health and dual-diagnosis services with a variety of individualized treatment methods, including CBT, DBT, trauma therapy, and accepts private health insurance.

Essential Behavioral Health Services Overview

Essential Behavioral Health Services is a Duluth, MN-based mental health and dual-diagnosis clinic that specializes in providing comprehensive and integrated care for individuals who suffer from complex mental health challenges. Through their dedicated team of highly-skilled and experienced psychologists, psychiatrists, and treatment counselors, Essential Behavioral Health Services provides innovative, evidence-based treatments that incorporate cognitive-behavioral, family, and trauma therapies.

At Essential Behavioral Health Services, their goal is to serve the whole person and to create individualized treatment plans that meet each client’s unique needs. In addition to an expansive range of mental health services, they accept private health insurance to help ensure their clients have access to the best care possible. These services also include psychological evaluations, medication management, tele-mental health visits, and extended access through a variety of on-site services. Essential Behavioral Health Services operates on the core principles of respect, compassion, client-centered care, and utmost confidentiality. With their knowledgeable and experienced team of professionals, Essential Behavioral Health Services is committed to providing outstanding quality of care.

  • 2 Conditions Treated
  • Insurance Accepted
  • 3 Levels of Care
  • 8 Therapies & Programs

Conditions and Issues Treated

Dual-Diagnosis Treatment at Essential Behavioral Health Services

Dual Diagnosis is a specific relationship between two or more disorders that have the same symptoms and can sometimes be treated together. This is used in the treatment planning process when dealing with drug addicts. Dual diagnosis can be viewed as a chronic medical condition that has comorbid psychiatric disorders.

Although addiction and a mental illness may have separate symptoms that are not easy to detect, they often go hand in hand. Many times, drug abuse is a direct result of the mental illness. In other words, treating the addiction will not resolve all of your issues. Unless you also treat the underlying mental illness, you will not be successful in achieving sobriety.

Levels of Care

This center offers a variety of custom treatment tailored to individual recovery. Currently available are Dual-Diagnosis, Inpatient, Outpatient, with additional therapies available as listed below.

Inpatient treatment is an intensive program that takes place when a patient checks into a rehabilitation facility. The treatment includes detoxification and counseling sessions, which are round the clock. Outpatient treatments are also available, but inpatient care is advised as the first step of rehabilitation.

Intensive rehab ensures the patient stays in a substance-free atmosphere, improving treatment success rates. The patient participates in group therapy for motivation from other patients who have overcome addiction. Family members are also involved in providing emotional support throughout the program.

An outpatient treatment program is set up to help with alcohol or drug addiction, or a co-occurring disorder. The patient must attend the Minnesota facility for their therapy and other programs but are able to return home each night. The frequency of mandatory attendance decreases after much of Essential Behavioral Health Services‘s program is complete.

Therapies & Programs

Individual Therapy is a critical component of addiction recovery. Therapists work with patients to identify the root of their addiction and figure out how to better handle the issues that led to them using drugs. Individual Therapy is the one-on-one session where people meet with their therapist. Individual therapy provides a safe space for people to open up and discuss personal and sensitive topics which they may not feel comfortable discussing in a group setting.

Couples therapy at Essential Behavioral Health Services focuses on addiction treatment for the addict and their spouse. The addict’s family, not just the addict, can benefit from this form of therapy. Couples therapy addresses communication problems, trust issues, lack of intimacy, and abuse in intimate relationships. Couples therapy can help rebuild trust between partners, which increases the chances for successful treatment and sustained recovery.

Intimate relationships can be damaged during addiction, and professional help may be necessary to rebuild the often destroyed trust and love. Couples therapy at Essential Behavioral Health Services helps couples improve communication and rebuild trust. Either or both partners will be helped by this treatment administered by professionals. This treatment can also help one or both partners if addiction is the problem.

Family therapy will also help families realize that the addiction is not their fault. For many years, people blamed themselves for an addict’s behavior and felt that they had done something wrong. This is not the case. Addiction is a disease, and it can strike anyone, even if their life seems fine from the outside. It can bring a lot of shame to a family when they have an addict in their midst, but if everyone is open and honest with each other, then they can help everyone stay in recovery.

Group Therapy is utilized by drug treatment centers like Essential Behavioral Health Services to provide the recovering drug addict with a platform to talk about their feelings and experiences. It also provides for an opportunity to learn from other addicts who have successfully overcome their addiction.

Group Therapy is employed in lectures, seminars, or discussion groups (the latter two are typically conducted as “therapy groups”). It is recommended that all group members be recovering addicts for this type of therapy to work (though it does not exclude others with lived experience).

Trauma therapy is a clinical process that helps individuals deal with mental stress often caused by traumatic events. It is generally done for children, teenage victims of sexual assault, and war veterans. The therapist helps the person identify, understand and work through the problem. This is done with the help of talking about it in group or one-on-one counseling sessions. Therapists use relaxation, role-playing, art, and music to help the person open up about what is bothering them.

Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) is used by drug treatment centers across the United States to help drug addicts become sober. DBT combines traditional behavioral treatments with elements from DBT, including dialectics, distress tolerance, and interlocking issues. It is commonly used to treat Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) along with substance abuse disorders. The four DBT modules are mindfulness, interpersonal effectiveness, emotion regulation, and distress tolerance.

Cognitive behavioral therapy is also a popular service for individuals living with addiction. This type of supportive treatment uses both one-on-one counseling and group sessions to teach addicts how to identify thoughts, behaviors and emotions that might increase their risk of relapse.

These professionals can help addicts develop coping skills for managing stress, improving self-esteem and overcoming triggers. They might also use behavioral therapy to help addicts learn how to avoid cravings and warning signs that could lead them back into addiction.

Therapy can be used as a step-down from inpatient treatment or as the primary method of overcoming an addiction. No matter which option is best for the addict, they will teach important emotional coping techniques, which can make it easier for addicts to get through the tough days.

Payment Options

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    Location & Contact

    Essential Behavioral Health Services Location and Directions
    502 East 2Nd Street
    Duluth, MN 55805

    Phone Number
    (218) 786-1186

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    Essential Behavioral Health Services Location and Directions

    502 East 2Nd Street
    Duluth, MN 55805
    (218) 786-1186


    Age Adults (20+), Children (0-12), Seniors (65+), Teenagers

    Modality Couples, Family, Group, Individuals

    Listed December 11, 2022

    Updated June 24, 2024

    Duluth, Minnesota Addiction and Treatment

    Minnesota is fighting an opioid epidemic that is leaving hundreds of its residents dead each year. Both prescription opioids and illicit opioids are widely abused in the Land of 10,000 Lakes. Heroin continues to be one of the most commonly abused drugs in the state, if not the most common illicit drug. Over 10% of all treatment admissions in Minnesota list heroin as their drug of choice.

    Duluth, a port city in northeastern Minnesota, offers a variety of outdoor activities like hiking, skiing, and boating due to its scenic location on Lake Superior. The city also boasts a vibrant arts and entertainment scene with attractions such as the Aerial Lift Bridge, Lincoln Park Craft District, and Spirit Mountain. From 2000 to 2015, there were 83 opioid deaths in St. Louis County, with 77 occurring since 2011. Additionally, the lung, bronchus, and trachea cancer death rate in St. Louis County increased from 5.5 per 10,000 in 2013 to 7.2 in 2015.

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