Dually diagnosed clients are those that are living with co-occurring addiction and a mental health disorder. More often than not, people struggling with an addiction have some type of co-occurring mental health diagnosis. Not only does Apex Recovery San Diego’s addiction treatment team specialize in all aspects of drug and alcohol dependency and rehab programs, but we also treat co-occurring disorders.
What is Dual Diagnosis Treatment?
Apex Recovery feels that thorough assessment and treatment of co-occurring disorders is a critical piece in maximizing the chance of success in treatment. Dual diagnosis is a relatively new approach that developed in the 21st century. Before this landmark, dually diagnosed patients were treated separately for their addiction and mental health problems. As a result, they rarely got what they truly needed.
Dual diagnosis treatment is a type of therapy that addresses both mental health and addiction issues. It utilizes evidence-based approaches to provide clients with insight, coping skills, and stress management tools. Apex Recovery San Diego’s dual diagnosis program begins with an assessment and evaluation. During this process, our therapists assess the client’s current level of functioning, medical history, and psychological and social history.
After the assessment, our team will work with the individual to develop a customized treatment plan that meets their needs and goals. The dual diagnosis treatment can include one-on-one therapy sessions, group therapy, medication management, as well as educational classes. Our goal is to provide our clients with the necessary tools they need to reach long-term recovery.
What Therapies Are Used in Dual Diagnosis Treatment?
Our team is dedicated to helping each client reach their unique goals and overcome any obstacles that stand in the way of recovery. At Apex Recovery San Diego, our dual diagnosis treatment program uses a number of therapies to address underlying mental health issues.
We utilize cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT). This therapy is based on the concept that thoughts, feelings, and behaviors are all connected and can influence one another. Dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) combines CBT with mindfulness practices. This provides clients with the skills they need to cope with their thoughts and emotions.
We also use motivational interviewing (MI), which is designed to help clients identify and resolve ambivalence toward change. Other therapies we offer include psychodynamic therapy, eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR), and art or music therapy.
All of these therapies are designed to:
- Provide clients with the insight and skills they need to overcome addiction
- Manage their mental health symptoms
- Help them live a life of long-term recovery
Apex Recovery San Diego’s goal is to create an individualized dual diagnosis treatment plan that will help the client reach their unique goals of sobriety and mental wellness.
Getting the Best of Both Worlds
Fortunately, dual diagnosis therapy now brings these patients the best of both worlds—treatment for their mental disorders and substance abuse. Both of these are seen as part of a continuum, rather than as two strictly different problems.
There are so many types of mental health disorders. Remember that the relationship between addiction and the disorder is a multifaceted and complex one. What further complicates the matter is that individuals with a dual diagnosis are known to be in denial. This is because their mental condition is under the impact of a distorted perception. The symptoms of their disorder may be uncomfortable and overwhelming. When that happen, alcohol and substances may seem like the only way to manage them.
Get the Help You Need Today From Apex Recovery San Diego
At Apex Recovery San Diego, we understand how difficult it is to break the cycle of addiction and mental health issues. That’s why our dual diagnosis program is designed to provide evidence-based treatment that focuses on helping clients reach their goals of sustained recovery. If you or someone you love is struggling with a dual diagnosis, talk to us. We are here to help you on your journey to recovery.
There is no single formula for treating dual diagnosis. The broad range of therapies available at Apex Recovery San Diego and the diversity of highly-qualified professionals make us able to provide highly flexible and personalized treatments to our dually diagnosed patients. Call us today at 619.458.3435 or use our online form to learn more about co-occurring disorders treatment and get started on your recovery.