According to the Alcohol, Drug Abuse, and Mental Health Administration (ADAMHA) at least 50 percent of the 2.5 to 3 million Americans with severe mental illness abuse illicit drugs or alcohol, compared to 15 percent of the general population. This finding is consistent with earlier epidemiological studies reporting that 25 to 50 percent of newly admitted psychiatric patients have concomitant drug and/or alcohol abuse problems. Untreated substance abuse problems can derail primary treatment of psychiatric illness and lead to decompensation and/or hospitalization. Specialized psychotherapy groups and individual counseling are provided that help clients stop harmful abuse of illicit drugs and alcohol.
The MICA treatment process begins by engaging the client to relate to the area of substance abuse, using interventions that precede traditional substance abuse treatment readiness. Interventions include a nonconfrontational approach to denial that assists clients through the process of attaining traditional readiness by emphasizing engagement through education rather than confrontation and consequences.