When addiction and mental illnesses meet, it’s important to give each one equal attention during treatment. Many people with mental health issues turn to drugs and alcohol to cope. This can lead to addiction, which further aggravates symptoms of mental illness.
It’s difficult to know when mental illness and addiction overlap. However, the clinical team at Clear Recovery Center understand the risks and signs. The goal is to treat a co-occurring disorders often referred to as “dual diagnosis.”
Are you or a loved one struggling with addiction and an underlying mental health issues such as anxiety or depression? If so, contact Clear Recovery Center. We work with clients across the South Bay and Los Angeles. Working along our teen and adult clients and their families, we develop a treatment experience that tackles the root of addiction and mental health issues. Let us show you that recovery is possible and sustainable.
What Is a Dual Diagnosis?
A dual diagnosis is also called a co-occurring disorder. It refers to when a mental illness and a substance use disorder coincide. In these instances, mental illness can exacerbate addiction and vice versa.
Co-occurring disorders are incredibly common. However, they are hard to accurately identify. Symptoms can overlap, which makes a distinct diagnosis difficult. The entire dual diagnosis field is complex. Mental health professionals often debate and study the relationship between addiction and mental illness. Their aim is to understand how these illnesses affect one another.
There’s no easy answer for how to treat co-occurring disorders. However, it’s important to identify them accurately. The best treatment protocol is a personalized one. It should be designed around an individual client’s situation.
For anyone dealing with a dual diagnosis, get in touch with Clear Recovery Center. Our trained and experienced staff can help shed some light on the matter.
How We Treat Co-Occurring Mental Health & Addiction Issues
Clear Recovery Center provides an individualized approach to dual diagnoses. Careful planning is lead by an experienced mental health professional who listens to and seeks to understand each client’s situation. In initial consultations, the aim is to understand the symptoms and causes of distress. Therapists, case managers, and mental health staff work with clients to address underlying issues at play.
Mental health issues and substance use disorders can happen for any number of reasons. The causes can be environmental, like stress or trauma. They can also be genetic, like a family history of illness.
Clear Recovery Center works to fully understand each client. This involves looking at their history, present situation, and any compounding factors. From there, our staff works with clients to develop a comprehensive plan for long-lasting recovery. The center has several programs and therapies to assist clients on their recovery journey.
Programs at Clear Recovery Center vary according to their intensity and frequency.
The partial hospitalization program is the most involved. Clients meeting at one of our South Bay locations for 5 hours a day, 5 days a week, usually for 2 to 8 weeks. This program helps clients get back on their feet. Clients develop key coping skills to build upon in the future.
The intensive outpatient program is of medium intensity. It meets 4 hours a day, 3 days a week, typically for 12 weeks. It’s useful for clients to start reintegrating with work, school, family, and their community. While doing so, they retain a structured supportive environment during the week.
Our outpatient program is for individuals who are ready to reintegrate back into life, still with support for their new community and clinical team. Outpatient programming is tailored to the individual, typically attending treatment 1-2 times per week. This program works well for clients who have the skills to thrive mostly on their own. However, these clients still may desire regular professional help.
In each program, clients can attend different therapies. They can follow a plan that they develop alongside Clear Recovery Center staff. These recovery services aim to treat the minds, bodies, and spirits of each client. Therapies include:
- Group therapy
- Individual therapy
- Family therapy
- Yoga & meditation
- Community engagement opportunities
- Nutrition & exercise classes
- And much more!
No two people will have the same symptoms and struggles. This is true even if they share the same addiction and mental illnesses. That means there’s no one treatment program that works for everyone. For more information on personalized treatment, get in touch with Clear Recovery Center today.
Dual Diagnosis Addiction & Disorders We Treat
Substance use disorders can coincide with mental health or even multiple issues at once. That includes mood, developmental, eating, and behavioral disorders. Clear Recovery Center is equipped to handle a wide variety of co-occurring disorders.
Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is a developmental disorder. It’s most prominently characterized by a severe difficulty paying attention. This can have huge impacts on everyday life. Most people assume ADHD is something only young children deal with. However, many adults struggle with it, too.
In co-occurring disorders, some may use drugs or alcohol to improve their focus or cope with stress. Clear Recovery Center staff can help clients identify when ADHD symptoms appear. Clients practice techniques to improve attention. During the process, they work to eliminate the need for drugs and alcohol to cope.
Trauma & Abuse
Trauma and abuse can have long-lasting implications for a person’s mental wellbeing. Survivors often turn to alcohol or drugs to deal with the aftereffects of trauma and abuse. These effects range from lingering feelings of helplessness to fear, anxiety, and shame.
Clear Recovery Center focuses on building a safe, supportive environment for survivors. Mental health professionals explore clients’ reactions to stressors. They work through why clients turn to drugs or alcohol. They help clients to develop healthier ways of dealing with stress.
Those with bipolar disorder fluctuate between states of high-energy mania and deep depression. Clients with bipolar disorder develop substance use disorders to self-medicate. However, addiction can often make bipolar symptoms worse.
At Clear Recovery Center, staff works with clients to develop ways of better controlling highs and lows. This can involve both community engagement and self-care therapies. Clients can also work on rebuilding relationships. They learn to manage symptoms to lead more fulfilling lives.
Depression is one of the most common mental health issues in the world. It is also the most misunderstood. Loved ones often don’t understand or don’t believe that depression is a serious health issue. This only exacerbates the client’s profound sadness and loss of energy. Some turn to alcohol or drugs to cope with the feelings of sadness. They do so to self-medicate or to endure being disbelieved by loved ones.
The staff at Clear Recovery Center listen to struggling clients. Depression often impacts all aspects of life. Through one-on-one therapy, staff will help clients understand the root of their depression. Then they work to create treatment plans. The mind and body recovery services aim to improve all areas of clients’ wellbeing.
Grief is very complex. It manifests differently in each client. It often co-occurs with depression or PTSD. Grieving clients may develop substance use disorders to dull the pain of grief.
At Clear Recovery Center, clients are encouraged to face their grief in a safe environment. Staff address the root of grief and addictions. Clients talk through and process their feelings. Clients can also discover new outlets for their grief, such as art therapy or group counseling.
Generalized anxiety disorder is more than just feeling nervous or stressed. Those with an anxiety disorder describe having an overwhelming, irrational sense of anxiety. It is a disorder that impedes everyday life. It commonly manifests physically: symptoms include nausea, sweating, headaches, etc.
Anxiety and addiction often exist side-by-side. Alcohol and drugs can make anxiety symptoms worse. Clear Recovery Center mental health staff help clients with anxiety recognize triggers and cope with stress.
Clients with obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) often think about certain things repeatedly. They might also perform certain rituals so often that these rituals tend to interfere with daily life. When drugs or alcohol enter the fray, this gets worse. Clients may attempt to quell compulsions and obsessions with substances. Or, they might make substance use part of the ritual itself.
Clear Recovery Center takes a multi-step approach to treating OCD and addiction. It involves stress management and behavior modification. They help clients find new ways to manage symptoms. Working with the center staff, clients can return to normal life. They will move forward with new and productive ways to handle their OCD.
Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) develops after experiencing trauma. Many know it as “shell shock”. Some consider it to be a war veteran’s disease. However, anyone can develop PTSD after a traumatic event. Those with PTSD often also struggle with addiction, as well as anxiety and depression.
Treatment for PTSD at Clear Recovery Center is very personalized. Different clients manifest different symptoms. Therefore, each client will have different needs. The ultimate goal is to help those with PTSD return to daily life equipped with the right tools and resources.
Contact Us Today
The client journey with Clear Recovery Center begins with a complete diagnosis of co-occurring disorders. From there, it continues with thorough treatment and aftercare. Many people with dual diagnoses feel lost or helpless. But know that there is hope. It is possible to treat addiction and mental illness concurrently. With this, clients have a better chance of recovering and regaining their lives.
If you suspect you or a loved one is struggling with a co-occurring disorder, contact us today. The team here at Clear Recovery Center is here to help. Call 1-877-799-1985 or visit us at our treatment facility in Los Angeles, California.