Dual Diagnosis Treatment Centers in California

When addiction and dual diagnosis disorders occur, it can be a frustrating struggle in a person’s life. Both of these illnesses put constant mental and physical strain on an individual until they decide to seek professional help at our dual diagnosis treatment centers in Southern California. Individuals tend to use drugs and alcohol as a form of coping and to cover up any deeper underlying issues they may have. A dual diagnosis is often characterized when an individual has one or more mental health issues according to the DSM-5. When two co-occurring mental health issues occur together, they work as catalysts for each other’s destructive natures. When an addiction exists with another mental illness, it can be more difficult to treat and overcome. 


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Co-occurring and Dual Diagnosis

At Hotel California by the Sea’s dual diagnosis treatment centers in California, our expert clinicians assess each patient for their substance addiction as well as any dual diagnosis mental health issues. Because of the damaging effects of a dual diagnosis, we specialize in treating both disorders simultaneously. Within our dual diagnosis treatment in Orange County, we use a collection of effective co-occurring disorders treatment methods to identify and treat our clients mental illnesses while also addressing their addictions. In order to fully recover from a substance use disorder, we believe in a holistic treatment where every aspect of the patient’s addiction is addressed. This results in a more accurate diagnosis to help create a targeted comprehensive treatment plan for each of our clients. 

What is a Dual Diagnosis and how do I know if I have a Co-occurring Disease?

An individual with a co-occurring disorder has a mental health illness in addition to a drug or alcohol abuse disorder. Also known as a dual diagnosis, these mental health issues are normally associated with those who suffer from substance use disorder. Though these conditions can occur together, they are not necessarily caused by one another.

There are many common risk factors that can contribute to the development of both mental health disorders and substance use disorders. For some people, mental health disorders can lead to drug and alcohol use as those individuals try to “self-medicate” in an attempt to try and feel better. And for others, the misuse of drugs and alcohol can contribute to the development of a mental health disorder because it can alter proper brain function and development.

Symptoms of a Dual Diagnosis

The signs and symptoms of a co-occurring disorder can vary depending on which mental illness is present and if there is more than one mental illness. Sudden changes in behavior and extreme mood changes are common signs of someone who may be suffering from a dual diagnosis. Addictive substances along with a mental illness can alter and change brain cognition making someone act differently and out of character.

This also leads to engaging in riskier behavior and acting out erratically and irrationally. People suffering from mental illnesses such as anxiety and depression often turn to substances to “feel better.” When these individuals find it difficult to cope and are unable to function without substances, they begin to use more and more leading to a high tolerance. Another major sign of comorbidity is withdrawal from friends, families and social activities they were once engaged in. 

Common symptoms of co-occurring mental health disorders:

  • Social withdrawal and strained relationships from friends and family
  • Lack of appetite and poor nutrition 
  • Lack of sleep, insomnia and lethargy 
  • Depression and anxiety 
  • Inability to concentrate
  • Experiencing delusions or hallucinations
  • The development of obsessive-compulsive disorder
  • Difficulty participating or functioning in daily life activities 
  • Dramatic mood and energy changes 
  • Excessive usage of drugs and alcohol as a coping mechanism for distressing feelings and behaviors 

What are common classifications of Co-occurring Mental Health Disorders at our Dual Diagnosis Treatment centers in Orange County?

Having a mental health illness on top of an addiction or substance use disorder can have compounding effects. In order to properly treat them, it has to be properly diagnosed. At the dual diagnosis treatment centers in California, our certified clinical psychiatrist along with a team of medical staff will work with each patient to help identify any and all disorders and create a comprehensive treatment plan to best suit their needs. Because mental health illness can often occur alongside SUD, some of the most common disorders include depression, anxiety, OCD and ADHD.    

Borderline Personality Disorder

Borderline Personality Disorder is defined as a mental illness impacting an individual’s ability to regulate and control their emotions often stemming from a deep and intense fear of abandonment or perceived abandonment. Individuals with Borderline Personality Disorder also exhibit other symptoms of mental illness such as substance abuse, self-harm, intense mood swings and irritability, self-destructive behaviors, chronic feelings of emptiness and sometimes eating disorders. Those with a family history of the illness have a much higher risk of developing the disorder as well as those who have experienced traumatic life experiences stemming from environmental, social and cultural factors. Borderline Personality Disorder is most often diagnosed in teens and young adults. 

Major Depressive Disorder

Major Depressive Disorder (depression or clinical depression) is a mood disorder that causes long-term persistent feelings of sadness, hopelessness and loneliness. There are also many different forms of depression that can develop under unique circumstances. These forms include persistent depressive disorder, postpartum depression, psychotic depression and seasonal depression. Depression can develop at any age depending on personal and family history of depression as well as trauma and stress. Many people who suffer from depression self-medicate by using drugs and alcohol leading to substance use disorder and addiction. 

Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD)

Obsessive Compulsive Disorder or OCD, is a mental health disorder defined by uncontrollable thoughts and behaviors that an individual feels need to be repeated over and over again. There are multiple forms of OCD, but in general, its symptoms can include obsession with germs or cleanliness, superstitious behavior, intrusive thoughts, social isolation and many more. OCD can affect people of all ages with the causes still unknown. However, some of the most common risk factors that can contribute to the development of this mental illness include genetics, family history and various environmental factors such as childhood trauma and social relationships. 

Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD)

Anxiety is defined as excessive, uncontrolled and ongoing worry or fear. Many people experience occasional anxiety and it is a normal emotion. But when it begins to affect one’s daily life and daily functions, it is categorized as a generalized anxiety disorder. Some of the symptoms of anxiety include feelings of restlessness, irritability, fatigue and having difficulty sleeping, difficulty in concentrating and experiencing unexplained bodily pains. Generalized anxiety disorder is often associated with other mental illnesses such as panic disorder, social anxiety disorder and various phobia disorders. There are many ways to treat anxiety including comprehensive psychotherapies such as CBT as well as medication treatments. 

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

Post Traumatic Stress Disorder is a mental disorder that can develop when someone has experienced a very distressing event in his or her life. PTSD causes actual lasting chemical changes in the brain such as memory changes and lessened ability to focus. War, crime, mass shootings, sexual abuse or assault, an abusive relationship, death of a loved one are all events that can profoundly affect the stability of an individual’s mind.

Everyone experiences trauma and are normally able to recover from its symptoms naturally. However, those who continue to feel those symptoms even when they are no longer in danger or in a dangerous situation may develop PTSD. PTSD can actually put more people at risk for substance use disorders and addiction. 

Eating Disorders

Eating disorders are defined as serious conditions related to persistent physical and psychological eating behaviors that negatively impact one’s health and mental well-being. Eating disorders come in many different forms, three of the most common include: bulimia nervosa, anorexia nervosa, and binge-eating disorder. Bulimia occurs when a person engages in episodes of binge eating followed by purging due to guilt and feelings of the lack of control over eating habits.

With anorexia, individuals exert extreme control over their caloric food intake due to distorted images of their body shape. Binge eating disorder is the most common eating disorder and is characterized by regularly overeating even when you are uncomfortably full. 

Bipolar Disorder

Bipolar disorder is a mental illness that causes extreme mood swings ranging from the highs of mania and the lows of depression. Those who suffer from bipolar disorder experience various periods of intense emotional ups and downs called mood episodes. There are three types of bipolar disorder. Bipolar I Disorder is when a person experiences a manic episode lasting at least seven days followed by a major depressive episode.

Bipolar II Disorder is when a person experiences manic episodes without the depressive episode. Cyclothymic Disorder is defined as a person experiencing periods of manic episodes followed by periods of depressive episodes for at least two years. Those who suffer from bipolar disorder often attempt to control their moods and emotions with substances leading to substance use disorder and addiction. 

Is there a correlation between Dual Diagnosis Disorders and Substance Addiction?

Mental health illnesses are a common occurrence in those who suffer from substance use disorders and addiction. They are not direct causes of each other but they do often exist simultaneously. Research has found that almost half of individuals suffering from SUD also experience a co-occurring disorder that can include anxiety, depression, ADHD or personality disorders. The best treatment for both a drug or alcohol addiction and co-occurring mental health conditions is at professional behavioral health programs such as our dual diagnosis treatment centers in California. 

Hotel California by the Sea’s specialized program for Dual Diagnosis Treatment in Orange County

Treating the whole person on a physical and psychological level is never more crucial than in the case of someone with a dual diagnosis. If one disorder is not adequately addressed in treatment, it can potentially lead to a relapse in the other in the future. Dual diagnosis treatment in Newport Beach is recommended for most of our clients throughout the duration of their rehab with us through aftercare planning.

Those suffering from a mental health illness may need specialized dual diagnosis treatments to help aid in their recovery. At Hotel California by the Sea’s dual diagnosis treatment centers in California, we offer a number of clinically proven cognitive therapies and medication treatments to understand all aspects of a patient’s condition.

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)

One of the most commonly recommended types of psychotherapy used to treat co-occurring disorders is cognitive behavioral therapy. CBT helps the patient focus on re-evaluating their negative thoughts and emotions related to their addiction and reprocessing them into positive affirming feelings. This type of therapy is often used to help patients learn effective coping techniques when dealing with daily life situations after substance abuse and addiction. 

Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT)

Dialectical behavioral therapy helps patients learn problem-solving and acceptance techniques in relation to their addiction. In DBT patients develop their skills in emotional regulation, mindfulness, interpersonal effectiveness and distress tolerance. Patients then take these learned skills and apply them to everyday aspects of life that may be triggering their addiction. DBT can be conducted as an individual treatment therapy or even in a group setting, depending on the severity of the addiction and needs of the patient. 

Integrative Group Therapy

Group therapy can be especially helpful in treating co-occurring disorders because it helps patients feel like they are not alone. Groups of patients with similar disorders and experiences come together to share, listen and support each other in recovery. This form of healing may be greatly beneficial for some who feel very alone and isolated in their addiction recovery. With group therapy, they can develop trust and meaningful relationships with like-minded peers who resonate with their experiences and can in turn, motivate each other through lasting recovery. 

Psychotropic Medication

Psychotropic medications are medications typically used to treat mental health illnesses. They fall into five main categories of medications:

  • Antipsychotics – these are usually prescribed to help patients with psychotic disorders such as schizophrenia.
  • Antidepressants – these are usually prescribed to help patients dealing with any form of depression.
  • Antianxiety – these medications are usually given to patients dealing with chronic or acute anxiety.
  • Stimulants – these medications are recommended to patients dealing with ADHD to help them regulate disorganized thought processes in the brain.
  • Mood stabilizers – these are usually prescribed to help treat patients suffering from disorders such as bipolar disorder or borderline personality disorder.

Medication isn’t right for everyone, nor is it a mandatory treatment method. It can be extremely helpful for people suffering from addiction and co-occurring disorders. With the help of our certified clinical psychiatrists, patients at our dual diagnosis treatment centers in California can decide the best course of treatment for their needs which may include various therapies and recommended medications. 


What are the benefits of Dual Diagnosis Treatment in Orange County?

Treatment of substance abuse alongside mental health disorders are more beneficial to the individual suffering. Because some of the symptoms of both can be overlapping, clinical rehab professionals will be able to accurately diagnose each disorder and utilize the best targeted treatment methods.

Unfortunately, the effects of using drugs and alcohol can mimic many of the mental illness symptoms usually associated with co-occurring disorders and make it difficult to properly diagnose. At Hotel California by the Sea’s dual diagnosis treatment in Newport Beach, our programs involve meeting one-on-one with certified rehab psychiatric physicians for a complete assessment of each patient. This information will help identify any co-occurring disorders and create the best possible treatment plan based on their needs. These treatments range from various individual and group therapies to medication treatments as needed. Throughout the duration of their stay in the dual diagnosis treatment centers in California, patients will have routine follow ups with physicians to make any adjustments to their treatment plan as necessary.

Our dual diagnosis treatment in Orange County also offers individualized programs targeted for women, men, and young adults. Each patient’s needs are unique. Each patient has a combination of specific symptoms, disorders and diagnosis that should be personalized to create the best possible treatment plan.  

Get Help at our Dual Diagnosis Treatment centers in California

Having a co-occurring disorder alongside a substance use disorder can be overwhelming to process. Because the symptoms for both often overlap each other, it can be difficult to distinguish between the two without the help of medically trained professionals. Within our dual diagnosis treatment in Newport Beach at Hotel California by the Sea, each patient entering into our program will be screened not only for their substance and alcohol use disorder, but for any co-occurring mental health disorders that may be present. Call and reach out to the admissions team at our dual diagnosis treatment centers in California today to learn more about how our inpatient and outpatient rehab programs can help you achieve a fulfilling life in recovery. 

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