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Addiction Treatment for Co-Occurring Disorders in Bellevue, Washington 


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7.7 million adults in the United States have co-occurring substance use disorders (SUDs) and mental health conditions, according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse. Ignoring one condition while addressing the other simply isn’t efficient. That’s why HCBTS approaches treatment in a comprehensive manner. We view clients through a diverse, inclusive, and disciplined lens. Through a whole-person approach, we ensure that our clients experience the ultimate efficacy available through substance abuse treatment and overcome their co-existing mental health conditions simultaneously.

At Hotel California by the Sea in Bellevue, Washington, our priority is thoroughness. We are a drug and alcohol rehab facility with a revolutionary approach to addiction. At HCBTS, Bellevue, we realize that drug or alcohol addiction is not an isolated affliction for many people. In fact, many of those suffering from addiction also have various underlying mental health conditions that contribute to the development of an addiction, and ultimately the success of their recovery efforts.

The term “co-occurring disorder” refers to someone who has other underlying mental health issues that exist alongside their substance use disorder (SUD). Other interchangeable terms for a co-occurring mental condition include dual diagnosis and comorbidity.

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At HCBTS, Bellevue, we find that our clients often wonder what may have caused the presence of their substance use disorder and co-existing mental health condition. It’s possible that someone’s addiction may have been a product of an underlying mental health issue that existed before they developed a substance use disorder. On the other hand, the SUD could also have caused their co-occurring mental health issue (and its physical, emotional, and mental effects).

No matter the cause, Hotel California by the Sea recognizes the need to treat everything that could possibly contribute to a person’s future relapse and not just their fixation on drugs or alcohol.  We stand ready to aid you in discovering the strategies you will need to fight this dual-diagnosis battle.  We have many courses of co-occurring disorder treatment designed to help our clients work on both diagnoses simultaneously. 

“Dual diagnoses are common disorders, yet continually prove very difficult to treat. Addiction of all types – to nicotine, alcohol and drugs – is often found in people with a wide variety of mental illnesses, including anxiety disorders, unipolar and bipolar depression, schizophrenia, and borderline and other personality disorders.” – The American Psychological Association.

Common Co-Occurring Disorders

Researchers state that half of those who have experienced a mental illness during their lives will “also experience a substance use disorder – and vice versa.” This fact is duly recognized at Hotel California by the Sea.

The list of possible conditions that may coexist alongside addiction is fairly extensive.  Some of the more common disorders that often present with drug or alcohol addictions are:

  • Anxiety disorders.
  • Mood disorders.
  • Schizophrenia.
  • Eating disorders.
  • Personality disorders.
  • Conduct disorders.
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
  • Depression.
  • Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).

Trying to find out whether an addiction was caused by another mental health disorder can be difficult.  It may be hard for an addict to remember which emerged first.  The answer to this question is often evasive and may not be unearthed quickly.  However, as someone gains control over their life again by choosing abstinence, they will discover how to manage each of their mental health conditions at once with the help of HCBTS. Whatever the cause, each client at Hotel California by the Sea is treated as unique and individual. 

Discovering the presence of an underlying mental issue, as well as admitting to having a substance abuse issue, is daunting for anyone. Overcoming both obstacles may seem insurmountable, but Hotel California by the Sea specializes in the treatment of dual diagnoses and will help you overcome your multiple illnesses.

People suffering from comorbidity will find refuge and understanding at Hotel California by the Sea, along with the support and tools they’ll need to adhere to their treatment plan and achieve their recovery goals.

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Importance of Treating Co-Occurring Disorders in Rehab

Substance abuse issues can be overwhelming, and having an additional co-existing mental health issue on top of addiction can prove extremely difficult to treat.  Certain studies show that patients with co-occurring disorders “demonstrate poorer treatment adherence and higher rates of treatment drop-out than those without mental illness, which negatively affects outcomes.

On the other hand, research also proves that the longer a person stays in treatment for their addiction, the higher their likelihood of remaining clean and reducing the emergence of psychiatric symptoms. This is where Hotel California by the Sea in Bellevue, Washington, can step in.

Let the experts help. The idea of treating addiction and comorbidity is not a new phenomenon to us. Our clients have access to a plethora of treatments designed to help treat addiction and mental health disorders at their disposal.   

Co-Occurring Disorder Treatment

The importance of treating both a drug or alcohol dependency, along with another mental health diagnosis is evident. If both conditions are not treated together, the integrity of their recovery may become compromised.

Our clients may choose from various therapies and specialized treatments to help overcome their addiction and co-occurring mental health condition. We offer cognitive behavioral therapy, dialectical behavioral therapy, eye movement desensitization and reprocessing treatment, medical treatment, individual and group therapy settings, twelve-step self-help groups, co-occurring disorder treatment and more.

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

With cognitive behavioral therapy, or CBT, individuals suffering from addiction along with another mental health issue can work on causes. Perhaps one of the most well-known forms of therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy allows a person to zero-in on and accept the present problems they are experiencing with alcohol and drug use, as well as learn how to overcome maladaptation’s in their thought processes. CBT helps clients recognize their triggers and the destructive thought patterns that could lead them to relapse.  This form of psychotherapy also equips addicts with tangible tools to combat cravings and withdrawal symptoms.  In addition, people in recovery who are using CBT can learn how to recognize and steer clear of high-risk situations.

Dialectical Behavioral Therapy

Another related psychotherapy called dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT) promotes abstaining from substance abuse while also reducing the occurrence of relapses.  Using dialectical abstinence, “clear mind,” and attachment strategies, DBT allows a client to deal with the often confusing dualities of abstinence and acceptance. 

In other words, recovering addicts with a dual diagnosis will learn how to deal with the idea that they must change by not giving in to their substance abuse, while also accepting the fact that they are an addict.  The physical and emotional attachments of an unhealthy addiction, coupled with a mental health issue, make it a difficult multi-faceted problem to tackle.  Using the strategies of DBT can help promote a much more successful recovery for addiction with comorbidities.

Eye Movement Desensitization And Reprocessing

Eye movement desensitization and reprocessing, also known as EMDR, is another form of treatment recovery that aids our clients in working on addiction, as well as a dual diagnosis.  HCBTS, Bellevue’s clinical therapists work with their clients to create sessions that will allow them to process the emotional and mental impact of negative events created by mental health disorders such as anxiety, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, mood disorders, or post-traumatic stress disorder.

As part of a recovery program, HCBTS, Bellevue clients may also receive other specialty treatments, such as medical therapy.  Managing the effects of depression, bipolar disorder, anxiety, schizophrenia, and other mental disorders frequently requires medicine that is prescribed by a doctor or psychiatrist.  Also called pharmacotherapy, medical therapy may often go hand-in-hand with other addiction recovery treatments, and HCBTS, Bellevue collaborates with medical professionals to supply clients with the necessary medical therapy they may need.

Talking and listening are also relevant forms of treatment in the case of dual diagnoses.  Our clients often choose individual or group therapy to aid in working through recovery.  Participation in a twelve-step program is also encouraged at Hotel California by the Sea, and has been found to be a true lifeline for many who are in recovery.

How Can HCBTS, Bellevue Help?

Hotel California by the Sea, Bellevue is an addiction treatment facility that helps people who are struggling with addiction. We offer co-occurring disorder treatment and therapy programs to people suffering from abuse of alcohol or drugs.  In our tranquil, state-of-the-art facility, clients experience a high level of care.  From withdrawal management to individualized programs of treatment, as well as continued recovery after leaving our treatment center, HCBTS, Bellevue is with you every step of the way.

Hotel California by the Sea, Bellevue can assist clients with their long term success for addiction recovery.  Through our evidence-based co-occurring disorder treatment programs, our inpatient and outpatient participants work with their clinical therapist to break the cycle of alcohol or chemical dependency, as well as get to the root of other accompanying mental health disorders.

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