Dual Diagnosis Outpatient Treatment in Los Angeles, CA
Clear’s Dual Diagnosis Outpatient Program provides comprehensive and individualized treatment for adults ages 18 and older who have addiction and mental health issues. Our dual diagnosis outpatient treatment in Los Angeles takes a holistic approach to treating individuals with co-occurring disorders by integrating chemical dependency and mental health education, evidence-based individual and group therapy, and experiential wellness groups.
After an initial assessment, our clients are warmly welcomed into our community for comprehensive services and interventions to alleviate symptoms and halt the progression of addiction and mental health disorders. We strongly believe that communal support and encouragement coupled with our wrap-around therapeutic services are vital for those in early recovery. In order to accept and overcome the negative impact addiction has had on their lives and the lives of family and friends, our therapeutic approach not only includes individual and group therapy but also psycho-education, case management, and life skills. This holistic approach promotes psychological, physical, emotional, and spiritual healing.
Clear’s dual-diagnosis outpatient treatment ranges from one to five days per week for a few hours per day. Our outpatient programs allow clients to receive the intensity of treatment required while allowing them to live at home and continue engaging in their personal lives.
Partial Hospitalization Program (PHP)
Partial hospitalization programs (PHP) at Clear offer structured dual diagnosis services to patients who are stepping down from a residential level of care. Clients attend 3-6 hours of clinical programming 5 days a week for two to four weeks. In PHP, clients participate in groups related to process and emotional regulation, coping skills, anxiety/depression management, and goal setting, as well as groups centered around substance abuse, relapse prevention, and codependency. A letter of medical necessity is provided to the client allowing them to take a medical leave of absence for the duration of their treatment at Clear.
Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP)
Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) level of care is three clinical hours of treatment, three days per week at our Los Angeles facility when clients participate in the same groups as PHP at a reduced capacity. Clients typically step down into this level of care after completing PHP and are placed in either our morning or afternoon track. Each client meets with their individual therapist and their individual case manager once per week.
Continued Care Group
Clients who successfully complete dual diagnosis outpatient treatment are welcome to participate in our free 12-week continued care group that gives them extended access to their assigned case manager via weekly check-in calls as well as a weekly one hour group session held in the evenings to accommodate busy schedules. Clients continue to be monitored via urinalysis to confirm that sobriety has been maintained for the duration of the program.
Upon completion of the aftercare program, clients are then placed in our Alumni track that meets twice per month.
Our support for our clients does not end on the day of their discharge. We stay strong in our commitment to supporting them in their aftercare once they graduate. We obtain a release from each willing client to be able to follow-up with them periodically after treatment to ensure they are still participating in their prescribed aftercare plan. We also welcome all program alumni to attend our complimentary weekly aftercare support groups in Los Angeles, CA. As mental health and addiction professionals, we know the importance of fellowship and community specifically to promote the reduction of isolating behaviors, which is a prominent problem for so many who struggle with substance abuse and mental health issues.
Life Skills Development
Each client will acquire healthy coping skills to confidently overcome life challenges and stressors. Some of the skills-based groups Clear offers in our dual diagnosis outpatient program include:
Stress management focuses on the psychological and physiological reactions to the demands of everyday life. Clients who struggle with mental health issues are often pushed beyond their ability to cope with daily stressors, often contributing to unhealthy choices in attempts to cope and tax their nervous systems, often exacerbating diagnostic symptoms. Giving clients stress management techniques promotes resilience and adaptability.
Coping skills groups draw from evidence-based therapeutic modalities (i.e. CBT, DBT) to assist individuals in building new, positive, and healthy ways to reduce emotional overwhelm, handle states of panic, and manage their moods. The more clients become able to use adaptive coping skills regularly, the more improved functioning is possible.
Building boundaries groups help clients gain insight and build self-awareness. Interpersonal relationships can be difficult to navigate and are often a great source of stress for individuals struggling with mental health. Assisting clients with psychoeducation about different types of healthy boundaries and why they are necessary promotes positive interpersonal dynamics which reduce feelings of loneliness and allows individuals to care for themselves psychologically.
Anger Management groups offer support, education and guidance to clients so they gain more insight into their thoughts, cognitive distortions, underlying assumptions, and core beliefs as they relate to their mental health and addiction. The ultimate goal is reframing their thoughts and behaviors to better cope with anger more effectively, strengthen relationships, and live healthier and more purposeful lives.
A dedicated case manager works with clients at our Redondo Beach facility to help them identify and unlearn unhealthy behaviors, develop life, vocational, and coping skills, facilitate communication and education to families and friends, and coordinate care. Family phone calls are conducted to give the client’s families updates on the client’s progress and advise them on how to hold their loved one in early recovery accountable for their actions once they return home. Filing for unemployment, building resumes, writing letters certifying medical need for a leave of absence and disability, setting up important appointments, referring families to al-anon and/or therapists, coordinating after care plans, connection to groups and community services, and maintaining a line of communication with probation officers, lawyers, and/or employers are some adjunct services that Clear case managers provide to all of our clients.
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
Cognitive behavior therapy is a form of psychotherapy that helps patients understand the thoughts and feelings that influence behavior. CBT has been scientifically tested and proven to be an effective treatment modality for many disorders. This modality is focused on the present and is problem-solving oriented. We use CBT in dual diagnosis outpatient treatment as a way to assist our clients in learning applicable skills that they can benefit from for the rest of their lives. These skills include identifying misperceptions and distorted thinking, changing behavioral patterns, and modifying beliefs about themselves, others, and the world.
Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)
DBT is a cognitive-behavioral treatment initially developed to treat chronically suicidal individuals diagnosed with borderline personality disorder (BPD) and is recognized as the gold standard psychological treatment for this population. In addition, research has shown dialectical behavior therapy to be an effective model for treating a wide range of other disorders such as substance dependence, depression, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and eating disorders. DBT is actively woven into our curriculum to assist all clients in learning distress tolerance for difficult emotions more effectively.
Clients benefit significantly from a multidisciplinary team approach that includes psychiatry to cater adequately to medication management. The collaborative nature of our team allows our psychiatrists to benefit from the complementary skills of the therapists, case managers, and group facilitators who provide critical observational assessments and insight for each client so they can better formulate more effective treatment planning in regards to prescription medication. We are mindful to not disrupt the progression of ongoing treatment plans and our team will coordinate care with their current prescribing psychiatrist.
The goals of psychodynamic therapy are to promote self- awareness and to increase insight regarding how past experiences shape current beliefs and behaviors. Psychodynamic therapy focuses on the unconscious processes as they manifest in the client’s present behaviors. This form of therapy is also known as “insight-oriented” therapy. Psychodynamic therapy is based in a highly developed and multifaceted theory of human development and interaction. The approach for this form of therapy has evolved from psychoanalytical theory and has been applied to a wide range of disorders.
Sound Healing and Meditation
Sound Therapy, also known as Sound Healing, is a holistic treatment method that uses vibrations to encourage relaxation and restore health. Sound Healing works to synchronize our brainwaves with a stable frequency, leading to relaxed consciousness, a meditative state, or even sleep. This place of stillness encourages slowed breath, a greater state of awareness & released physical tension. In this state, the listener can tune into their “subtle body,” which harbors imbalances and traumas, bringing forth blockages and regions in the mind, body, and spirit that must be addressed for holistic healing.
Yoga helps to balance some parts of the brain and body that are impacted by drug abuse in a natural way. In addition to the physical aspects of yoga, there are also many emotional benefits as well. When practicing yoga, people are attuned to their bodies, learn to regulate their breathing, and to really listen to their bodies. This can create a self-awareness of how things may make a person feel a certain way in a nonjudgmental fashion. By focusing all energy inward, individuals can learn to take ownership for the way they feel and gain control over themselves and their subsequent actions. In doing so, they may also become more self-reliant and self-confident. By recognizing cravings when they occur and not attempting to avoid them or give in to them, for example, a person may be more able to cope with and manage these feelings if they are more physically aware of them when they occur. Yoga can also increase energy levels, encourage people to eat better, and improve quality of sleep that may be disrupted by drug withdrawal symptoms. When people feel better physically, they are more able to handle stress and anything that may come up during the day.
12 Step meetings
12 step groups explore each of the steps outlined in the book Alcoholics Anonymous in depth. In these sessions, clients share how they have applied these principles in their own recovery as a way for others to gain insight into their own experiences, and to build strength and hope for their own recovery. These steps are not only a way to overcome addiction, but also serve as a guide toward a new way of life
Codependency and how to break the cycle
Codependency is a behavioral condition that affects one’s ability to have healthy, mutually satisfying relationships free of insecurity, low self esteem, and guilt. Our groups provide codependent individuals with a safe space to express their emotions and helping clients identify codependent tendencies, understand the root cause of them, and develop self-compassion in order to break the cycle to heal and transform old patterns. These sessions also help clients develop positive relationships with themselves, family, and friends.
Relapse prevention groups help clients develop strategies to better manage high-risk situations that are likely to provoke a relapse. Our clinical staff support clients in anticipating these types of circumstances to minimize the risk of relapse.
Some individuals in our dual diagnosis outpatient treatment will have setbacks due to certain situations and circumstances in life, and it is not because of moral weakness, a lack of willpower or an unwillingness to stop, but rather an opportunity to re-evaluate and learn from the setback. Relapse is a common and upsetting part of treatment but it doesn’t mean that the recovery journey is over. We encourage those who relapse to come back in and jumpstart their treatment to get back on course to overcome this setback and achieve recovery again.
Psychoeducation on drugs and alcohol
These groups focus on how drugs and alcohol have ravaged an individual’s mind and body. Substance abuse impacts an individual’s psychological health by exacerbating co-occuring mental health issues as well as causing serious long term physical effects such as liver disease, dementia, heart and central nervous system damage, and hypertension. In better understanding these effects that drugs and alcohol have on their mental and physical health, clients can find the motivation to embark on their recovery journey and make the life changes needed to maintain sobriety.
At Clear Recovery, we assist clients to repair their pasts while setting the stage for a successful, future life in recovery. Clients will gain problem-solving and coping skills that promote healthy and long-lasting recovery and minimize the risk for relapse. We set clients up to be positive, productive members of society, to achieve healthy relationships with family and friends, and to live healthy fulfilling lives.
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