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Our Dual Diagnosis Treatment Centers California

Often, addiction and mental health disorders simultaneously occur. It can be difficult to discern which disorder preceded the other. The sufferer is often searching for relief from depression, trauma, bi-polar, anxiety, etc. They may turn to substances, but these only provide temporary relief and typically worsen the problem.

At our dual diagnosis treatment centers in Southern California, our interventions are designed to uncover the root causes of addiction. We strive to provide exceptional psychiatric care for those with co-occurring mental health diagnoses. People often turn to drugs and alcohol to cope with uncomfortable emotions. Relief from these feelings can be provided through psychiatric care.

Hotel California by the Sea’s dual diagnosis treatment in Orange County, begins with a psych evaluation with a board certified psychiatrist. Clinicians assess each patient for substance addiction and mental health issues. Throughout their entire stay a patient will be monitored closely and get a weekly routine of therapy and medication management. This results in a more accurate diagnosis to help create a targeted comprehensive treatment plan for each of our clients. 


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Dual diagnosis is characterized when an individual has one or more mental health issues according to the DSM-5. When
an addiction exists with another mental illness, they work as catalysts for each other’s destructive natures. This makes
addiction more difficult to treat and overcome.

We specialize in treating both disorders simultaneously. We believe holistic treatment is necessary in order to fully
recover from a substance use disorder.

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 problems and substance use disorders. Individuals suffering from unresolved mental health disorders may try to self medicate with drugs or alcohol. Alternatively, the misuse of drugs and alcohol can also contribute to the development of a mental health disorder. This is due to a substance’s ability to alter proper brain function and development. 

Symptoms of a Dual Diagnosis

Addictive substances along with a mental illness can alter and change brain cognition making someone act differently and out of character. People suffering from mental illnesses often turn to substances to “feel better.” Continued abuse leads to a higher tolerance and failure to function without it.

Common symptoms of co-occurring mental health disorders:

  • Social withdrawal and strained relationships with friends and family
  • Sudden changes in behavior
  • Extreme mood swings
  • 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 an obsessive-compulsive disorder
  • Difficulty participating or functioning in daily life activities 
  • Dramatic mood and energy changes 
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Our Dual Diagnosis Treatment Centers in Orange County Specialize in these Common Disorders

Our dual diagnosis treatment centers in California, have certified clinical psychiatrists who work with each patient to help identify any disorders. They will help each patient create a comprehensive mental health and addiction treatment plan to best suit their needs.

Borderline Personality Disorder

Borderline Personality Disorder is defined as a mental illness impacting a person’s ability to regulate and control their emotions. It often stems from a deep and intense fear of abandonment or perceived abandonment. 

Individuals with Borderline Personality Disorder also exhibit other symptoms of mental illness. These include substance abuse, self-harm, and intense mood swings. Damaging behaviors, chronic feelings of emptiness and sometimes eating disorders can also develop. 

Major Depressive Disorder

Major Depressive Disorder (depression or clinical depression) is a mood disorder that causes 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 (OCD) is defined by overwhelming thoughts and behaviors that need to be repeated over and over again. There are multiple forms of OCD. 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. Some common factors that can contribute to the development of OCD include; genetics, family history, childhood trauma, and various environmental factors. People suffering from OCD may turn to drugs or alcohol to escape some of their behaviors.

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, difficulty sleeping, difficulty in concentrating.

People with anxiety are twice as likely to have a substance use disorder. In an effort to cope with their moods and symptoms they turn to substances.

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

According to the NIH, PTSD is identified by specific symptoms. These include intrusive thoughts, flashbacks to a traumatic event, nightmares, sleep disturbances, startled responses, and changes in memory and concentration. Hypotheses suggest that trauma-induced stress changes the chemistry of the brain. This manifests itself in behavioral symptoms.

Experiencing the symptoms associated with PTSD can increase a person’s risk of using substances in an effort to self-medicate. This attempt to mute PTSD symptoms, can quickly turn into a substance use disorder. This addiction then works together with PTSD, creating bigger problems.

Eating Disorders

Eating disorders are serious conditions related to persistent physical and psychological eating behaviors that negatively impact health and mental well-being. Eating disorders come in different forms. Three of the most common forms include bulimia nervosa, anorexia nervosa, and binge-eating disorder.

Eating disorders and substance abuse have a natural relationship. Like other mental disorders, people with an eating disorder may turn to a substance for relief from symptoms. They may also seek substances that support their eating disorder such as meth, cocaine, or adderall which suppress hunger.

Bipolar Disorder

Bipolar disorder is a mental illness that causes extreme mood swings. Emotions range from the highs of mania to the lows of depression. Those who suffer from bipolar disorder experience various periods of intense emotional ups and downs called mood episodes.

Research suggests that from 30 percent to more than 50 percent of people with bipolar disorder (bipolar I or bipolar II) will develop a substance use disorder sometime during their lives. This is often an attempt to control their moods.

The correlation between Mental Health Disorders and 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. Mental health conditions include anxiety, depression, ADHD or personality disorders.

Substance addiction and co-occurring mental health conditions are best treated at professional behavioral health programs. The dual diagnosis treatment centers in California provide all the necessary resources and tools for clients to heal from their addiction. 

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

Treating the whole person on a physical and psychological level is crucial 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. Dual diagnosis treatment in Newport Beach is recommended for most of our clients. Specialized treatment will last 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 the dual diagnosis treatment centers in California, we offer a number of clinically proven cognitive therapies and medication treatments. The varying methods allow our experts to understand all aspects of a patient’s condition.

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)

One of the most commonly recommended types of therapy used to treat co-occurring disorders is cognitive behavioral therapy. CBT helps the patient focus on changing negative thoughts and behaviors related to their addiction. Therapy helps turn distressing emotions into positive affirming feelings. 

This type of therapy is often used to help patients learn effective coping techniques. Learned coping skills help patients manage 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. The type of treatment depends on the severity of the addiction and the 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. In group therapy, members develop trust and meaningful relationships with like-minded peers. These peers resonate with specific experiences and can 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 co-occurring disorders. Certified clinical psychiatrists at Hotel California by the Sea have experience in effective medication management. 

This allows patients at our dual diagnosis treatment centers in California the option to decide the best course of treatment for their needs. This may include a combination of various therapies and recommended medications.

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

Our dual diagnosis treatment in Newport Beach program involves meetings with one of our psychiatrists. Who performs a complete assessment of each patient’s overall health and well-being. This information will help identify mental health disorders to create the best possible addiction treatment program.

These treatments range from various individual and group therapies to medication treatments as needed. At our dual diagnosis treatment centers in California, patients will have routine follow ups with physicians. This allows for adjustments to the patient’s treatment plan when necessary.

Our dual diagnosis treatment in Orange County also offers individualized programs targeted for women, men, and young adults. We know each patient’s needs are unique. We cater to each client to get to the root cause of any addiction. A diagnosis and treatment plan should be personalized for the best possible outcome.  

Get Help at our Dual Diagnosis Treatment Centers in California

Having an addiction and mental health disorder can be overwhelming to process. The symptoms for both are often overlapping. It can be difficult to distinguish between the two without the help of medically trained professionals.

Within our dual diagnosis treatment in Newport Beach, each patient entering our program will be thoroughly screened and assessed. Hotel California by the Sea looks for signs of SUD and any mental health disorders that may be present. Call and reach out to the admissions team at our dual diagnosis treatment centers in California today. Learn how our inpatient residential treatment and outpatient rehab programs can help you achieve a fulfilling life in long-term recovery.

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