Orange County Dual Diagnosis Support
The National Survey on Drug Use and Health shows that over 40.3 million Americans are addicted to drugs and alcohol. Of those, some 17 million have a co-occurring mental health disorder.
While those disorders range from PTSD to anxiety and from depression to bipolar disorder, it does mean that individuals with a mental health disorder are significantly more likely to have a co-occurring substance use disorder. Most importantly, those co-occurring disorders conflict with each other and a mental health disorder may interfere with standard addiction treatment.
Sober Solutions is a Southern California dual diagnosis treatment center. Our staff of licensed therapists and counselors offer therapy and treatment for dual diagnosis from our Orange County rehab center. Most importantly, our approach means that we tackle your problems in an order that makes sense, as they interfere with your health and your treatment.
When you set join us at our Orange County rehab facility, we help you with a custom program built around your specific mental health needs, your addiction, and map a path for you to recover – while managing your mental health symptoms.
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What is Dual Diagnosis Support
Dual diagnosis refers to anyone who has been diagnosed with a secondary disorder on top of their first.
In this case, Sober Solutions treats individuals with a comorbid mental health disorder and a substance use disorder.
That’s important, because having a mental health disorder greatly increases your risk of substance use disorder. Yet, a mental health disorder can prevent you from benefiting from a traditional addiction treatment plan. That’s because behavioral disorders are treated by trying to change behavioral patterns and thought patterns, but a mental health disorder may prevent you from reaching the motivation or de-stressing enough to follow through. You have to work to mitigate mental health disorder symptoms in order to succeed at rehab.
At Sober Solutions, we have experience helping individuals with mental health disorders to bridge those gaps so they can succeed in rehab therapy.
Our Orange County Dual Diagnosis Support Program
Sober Solutions offers an inpatient dual diagnosis support program, in tandem with our traditional drug addiction treatment. Our approach is designed to tackle every aspect of your substance use disorder with a layer on top to mitigate mental health symptoms and help you to achieve balance first.
Symptoms are treated in an order that makes sense. We may use motivational therapy, work to reduce anxiety, or prescribe medication to help you stay calm to benefit from therapy.
Behavioral therapy for dual diagnosis approaches including CBT help you to recognize and accept how behaviors and patterns impact your mental health and drug usage, and help you to build solutions to both.
Psychological support ensures you have help with anxiety, mood swings, and other symptoms like mania.
Medical support including the option for prescription medication to help manage the symptoms of mental health disorders or substance use disorders
Therapists and counselors trained in offering dual diagnosis support. That means full support for medication you might need, experience with mental health problems, and an approach designed to help you alleviate symptoms and improve quality of life, rather than “just” quitting drugs and alcohol.
In most cases, that treatment is broken down into stages including detox, treatment, and aftercare.
If you or your loved one are still using, chances are that you will need medical support to withdraw. That’s especially important if you’re using alcohol or benzodiazepines, which can be extremely dangerous to withdraw from. Here, you’ll stay at our Orange County detox center, will receive a health assessment, 24/7 medical monitoring, and ongoing support as you move through detox. In some cases, we may recommend using a medication assisted treatment program to speed up detox, reduce cravings, and ensure you have ongoing medical support. That may be a tapering schedule for medication, emergency assistance in case of complications, etc., but whatever it is, we ensure that help is there for you.
Sober Solutions offers dual diagnosis treatment as part of our residential program, where you have full-time access to doctors, nurses, and mental health staff. Here, treatment uses a triage approach of treating the most pressing issues first. For example, when patients come in with suicidal ideation, we may treat that first, followed by working on self-esteem, after which we’ll begin treatment for addiction. If your mental health symptoms get in the way of treatment, we will always treat those symptoms first and try to mitigate them before moving forward.
Here, Sober Solutions uses evidence-based treatment including cognitive behavioral therapy, eye movement desensitization and reprocessing therapy (EMDR), and counseling to help our patients. Behavioral therapy allows us to help you get in touch with behavior, underlying problems behind substance abuse, and the behaviors that exacerbate mental health problems, so we can work on building alternatives.
As you move through treatment, we’ll continue to adjust and update your treatment schedule and program, personalizing it to your needs,
to how you respond to treatment, and to new problems that occur along the way. Every person in our care is different, so it’s important that you have access to care built around those needs.
When we’re not asking you to take part in direct treatment for mental health or substance use disorders, we’ll likely ask you to engage with complementary therapy. Here, you’ll learn complementary skills that aid your recovery, like emotional regulation, stress management, nutrition, and self-care. That may involve sports, building good exercise habits with hikes and walks in our beautiful Southern California locale, or learning how to manage and prepare healthy meals. The idea is that you be able to leave our care and continue caring for yourself.
Long-term care is important as part of any drug addiction treatment program, but especially so for individuals with a dual diagnosis. Here, it’s crucial that you have access to long-term counseling, the option to get support as you move back into your everyday life, and ongoing visits with your therapist. We can help, even if you’re visiting Southern California from out of state.
Eventually, our goal is to provide you with a comprehensive framework of treatment and support to improve your long-term outcome. That means building a stable and healthy coping mechanism, improving behaviors, and learning skills and behaviors that improve your day-to-day life.
Why Does Dual Diagnosis Occur So Much?
If you or a loved one is struggling with a substance use disorder and a mental health disorder it can be incredibly painful.
It may seem as though mental health problems make addiction worse and vice versa, and that’s actually the case. Mental health disorders greatly increase the risk of substance use disorders. But, the risks for substance use disorders overlap with the risks for mental health disorders.
In addition, persons with a dual diagnosis may have an addiction because of self-medication, where they use a substance to manage symptoms, but eventually become addicted. In other cases, long-term or prolonged use of a substance can exacerbate light mental health symptoms, making a disorder that was previously manageable unmanageable. Therefore, there are no simple reasons why so many people with mental health disorders have a substance use disorder or vice versa. It could be any or even all of the listed reasons overlapping with each other.
Getting help for a co-occurring mental health disorder and substance use disorder may be complicated. Often, you’ll need a program like ours that offers custom support for both disorders. That’s especially true if you have a diagnosis requiring medication, even temporarily, because some treatment facilities have a no drugs tolerance policy.
Sober Solutions offers a dual diagnosis support track, enabling you to get mental health support, medication, and therapy and treatment for the mental health disorder alongside drug addiction treatment or alcohol abuse treatment. If you’re ready to get help, reach out and we can help you choose a program, pick solutions, and get started.