Is Dual Diagnosis Addiction Treatment Better in California?

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Published in Addiction Treatment

If you struggle with addiction, you might have noticed that you suffer from additional mental health issues, as well. Maybe you suffer from depression, anxiety, or even post-traumatic stress disorder. Experiencing addiction and a mental health condition (co-occurring disorders) at the same time is extremely common.

According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration, “approximately 9.2 million adults in the United States have a co-occurring disorder.”[1]

When you are dealing with co-occurring disorders, the best way to recover is to attend a dual diagnosis treatment center. These programs help you recover from all of your conditions simultaneously, preventing you from experiencing a relapse later on.

Choosing the right dual diagnosis rehab for you can be difficult, especially because there are various options, but the high-quality treatment provided by California dual diagnosis rehab centers makes your choice that much easier.

What is Dual Diagnosis Treatment?

When you are diagnosed with both a substance use disorder and a mental health condition, you are considered to have co-occurring disorders. Dual diagnosis treatment is a type of integrated mental health and substance abuse treatment that works to provide you with care for both or all of your conditions simultaneously. In fact, several studies have found that to effectively recover from co-occurring disorders you must receive dual diagnosis treatment.[2]

Dual diagnosis treatment centers in California typically offer the following services:

  • Medical detox to address substance dependency
  • Addiction recovery counseling
  • Diagnosis and treatment planning for mental health conditions
  • Individual therapy
  • Group counseling
  • 12-step facilitation therapy
  • Evidence-based behavioral therapies
  • Relapse prevention planning for both/all conditions

Comorbidity is another word used to describe a dual diagnosis. Comorbid conditions are disorders that occur simultaneously, often exacerbating the symptoms of one another. You are at a higher risk of experiencing comorbid mental health conditions if you struggle with a substance use disorder.

According to the National Institute on Drugs, “of the 20.3 million adults with substance use disorders, 37.9% also had mental illnesses.”[3]

Why is Dual Diagnosis Rehab so Important for Co-Occurring Disorders?

Oftentimes, when you struggle with co-occurring disorders the mental health condition is an underlying issue that has never been addressed. You could also have a chemical imbalance in your brain which triggers symptoms of mental illness. Over time, this mental illness begins to take hold, making it difficult for you to function without proper coping mechanisms. This can either lead to self-medication, and ultimately addiction, or it can exacerbate your symptoms of a substance use disorder.

If you were to attend treatment solely for addiction, your mental health condition and chemical imbalances would still be complicating your ability to manage your life. Despite recovering from addiction, the untreated mental illness would eventually lead to a drug or alcohol relapse. This is how the cycle of addiction begins to compound.

However, a dual diagnosis rehab program can provide you with the treatment you need to successfully recover from both your addiction and your psychiatric condition. As a result, you would be armed with the tools, support, and healthy coping mechanisms you need to maintain long-term sobriety and recover from your psychiatric disorder.

Is Dual Diagnosis Addiction Treatment Better in California?

While dual diagnosis treatment is always the best option for the treatment of co-occurring disorders, not every program is made equally. In California, we put an emphasis on the importance of individualized dual diagnosis care.

Rather than using a one-size-fits-all approach, dual diagnosis treatment centers in California focus on highly individualized care with a small patient-to-staff ratio to ensure you are provided with every advantage possible.

The 6-Patient Model

Rather than having you attend groups with 50 other patients, at Sheer Recovery, we use a 6-patient model in our dual diagnosis treatment programs. Having large therapy groups prevents many patients from being able to join in on the conversations. Instead of blending in with the crowd or simply going through the motions of rehabilitation, the 6-person residential model encourages active and engaging participation in therapy.

Fixing Chemical Imbalances

There are many risk factors for a dual diagnosis, including family history, adverse childhood experiences, and social and environmental factors. However, another significant connection researchers have found is chemical imbalances. For example, people who suffer from depression or bipolar disorder are likely to have a serotonin imbalance. Although it is not proven that chemical imbalances directly cause mental health conditions, these imbalances are closely tied with mental illnesses like depression and anxiety.

Chemical imbalances develop slowly over time, so it can be difficult to determine whether or not you are experiencing an imbalance, yourself. That’s why our medical staff will evaluate your symptoms to diagnose and treat any chemical imbalances you may have. Correcting these imbalances will help improve your symptoms and overall quality of life.

After correcting any chemical imbalances, we facilitate evidence-based therapies such as CBT, DBT, and EMDR to help you manage your mental health and treat the root cause of your addiction.

Individually Tailored Care

As soon as you set foot in a dual diagnosis rehab in California, you will undergo a comprehensive psychiatric evaluation. This allows us to provide you with completely individualized care that is tailored to each and every one of your recovery needs.

Everyone is different, meaning your treatment plan may look vastly distinctive from your peers. These psychiatric evaluations allow us to match you with a therapist and a case manager specializing in the areas you need assistance.

Full Continuum of Care

At Sheer Recovery, you will get to experience a full continuum of care. While other treatment centers will ask you to attend a detox program before enrolling in their residential rehab, we have everything you need right here.

Our program works in three phases:

  1. Detox and residential stabilization
  2. Partial Hospitalization (PHP) and Intensive Outpatient (IOP) care
  3. Outpatient programming (OP)

The entire process could range anywhere from 1 to 3 months or longer depending on your individualized treatment plan. In other words, you can receive every form of treatment you may need within one facility.

Get Connected With the Best Dual Diagnosis Treatment Centers in California

“At Sheer Recovery, we offer you a dual recovery program that will be a key point in your journey towards sobriety. We have an inpatient dual diagnosis treatment center that is a safe and supportive environment where you can feel comfortable working through the issues surrounding mental health disorders and substance addiction. Our highly trained and very knowledgeable staff members are ready to assist and guide you through this process and prepare you for the outpatient stage of your treatment plan.”

If you or a loved one suffer from a mental health condition and a substance use disorder, contact us today. As one of the best dual diagnosis treatment centers in California, we can provide you with the tools you need to maintain lifelong sobriety and happiness. Call now to get started.



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