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Dual Diagnosis Treatment in Los Angeles CA
Dual Diagnosis Treatment

Expert Dual Diagnosis Addiction Treatment Los Angeles CA

Did you know that a mental health disorder plays a role in nearly half of all drug and alcohol addiction cases? This is why it’s not only helpful when addiction treatment centers are equipped to address mental disorders; it’s a must.

Treating mental health and addiction issues together is known as integrated, or dual diagnosis, treatment. At Harmony Place, whether you’ve already been diagnosed with mental disorder or you suspect you may have one as you enter treatment, we’ll have you covered with a robust, individualized recovery plan.

Understanding Addiction

What Are Co-occurring Disorders?

Another term you’ll hear often when discussing mental health and addiction is co-occurring disorders. When someone is admitted into addiction treatment and also struggles with a mental health condition, that condition is known as the co-occurring disorder. For example, someone who struggles with alcohol abuse as well as depression may have the co-occurring disorders of alcohol use and major depression.

According to the American Psychiatric Association, there are more than 200 individual mental health disorders, many of which commonly play a role in drug and alcohol addictions. The World Health Organization estimates that 450 million individuals across the globe currently struggle with mental illness. Anxiety and depression are the two most common groups of mental disorders that co-occur with substance abuse, but that’s just the beginning of the list.

Mental Health Disorders that Commonly Co-Occur with Addiction

Based on our studies and our own experiences with clients undergoing addiction treatment, here are the most common co-occurring mental disorders that we’re aware of:

  • Mood Disorders – major depressive disorder, bipolar disorder, seasonal affective disorder, etc.
  • Anxiety Disorders – social anxiety, PTSD, OCD, panic disorder, phobias, etc.
  • Eating Disorder – binge eating, primarily
  • Personality Disorders – borderline, narcissistic, antisocial, etc.
  • Impulse Control Disorders – ADHD, compulsive sexual behavior
  • Psychotic Disorders – schizophrenia, dissociative disorders (DID, depersonalization)
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Treating Dual Diagnosis

Therapies that Help with Co-occurring Disorders

At Harmony Place in Los Angeles County, since we have such a versatile staff and offer such a wide range of clinical and holistic modalities, we’ve got a little something for everyone when it comes to treating co-occurring disorders. Our goal with dual diagnosis clients is to help put their addiction in remission, so to speak, and to give them strategies for managing the symptoms of their mental health condition in rehab and well beyond.

After patients undergo a thorough evaluation upon admission to Harmony Place, we build out a customized treatment plan according to their goals, preferences, patient history and current symptoms. The recovery plan will call for a number of treatment methods and activities that help with any mental disorders present.

The treatment techniques we offer that tend to help with mental health disorders include, but are not limited to:

  • Psychoeducational Groups
  • Relapse Prevention Education and Practice
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
  • Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR)
  • Psychodrama Psychotherapy
  • Nutrition Counseling
  • Fitness Training
  • Experiential Therapy – beach walks, expressive art therapy, sober outings and equine-assisted therapy

 
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Frequently Asked Questions

Dual Diagnosis Addiction Treatment Los Angeles FAQs

Dual diagnosis may seem like an intimidating, complex concept, but the more you read up on it, the clearer it becomes. Read through these frequently asked questions to learn more about dual diagnosis addiction treatment in Angeles CA:

Can a mental disorder lead to other types of addiction?

Addiction can manifest itself in other ways besides drug or alcohol abuse. During treatment, absent the primary substance of abuse, it is not unusual for other addictive behaviors to surface. At Harmony Place, we work with clients to identify such behaviors. We endeavor to guide our clients toward recovery from all addictive behaviors.

“Process addictions” are repetitive behaviors sometimes referred to as behavior addictions” In the short term, some behaviors provide a “reward”, and survival is dependent upon certain rewards. For example, eating and sex are biological processes that are pleasurable, so the reward is the impetus for reproduction and survival of the species.

Current evidence reveals that behavior addictions possess features that resemble those of substance addictions. These behavior addictions serve to provide the same type of immediate gratification that is derived from substance use. They both provide rewards that will incentivize individuals to repeat the behavior or activity despite any negative consequences that follow or that interfere with day-to-day living.

Behavior addictions may initiate with feelings of tension or excitement before performing the behavior, and a feeling of pleasure or relief when the behavior is completed. Over time, the behavior addiction, like drug or alcohol dependence, becomes more compulsive and less pleasurable.

Afterward, individuals typically experience guilt or regret for their actions. At this point, the behavior is acted out to avoid any negative effects (such as reduce anxiety or quiet obsessions).

Common process addictions include:

  • Eating Disorders
  • Gambling Addiction
  • Sex Addiction
  • Shopping Addiction

How many of those with a mental disorder also struggle with addiction?

Out of all of the Americans who battle diagnosable mental disorders, about 30 percent also struggle with co-occurring drug or alcohol addiction. Being that only about 10 percent of the people who suffer from addiction ever receive treatment, there’s a lot of people out there carrying on with untreated mental health and substance abuse struggles.

What are common signs of a mental disorder?

There are so many psychiatric disorders out there that there’s no universal way to identify them all, but if we had to boil it down to a manageable list, here are some common signs to look for in somebody who might be struggling with mental illness:

  • Distinct, visceral mood swings
  • Frequent expressions of anger and frustration
  • Social isolation
  • Struggling to keep up with daily tasks
  • Suicidal mentions or ideations
  • Changes in sleeping and eating habits
  • Heavy substance use
  • Paranoia, excessive anxiety
  • Unexplained cuts, injuries and ailments

How do I stop enabling someone with a dual diagnosis?

Many people who are addicts with a secondary disorder (aka co-occurring disorder) recognize that they can’t stop using, gambling, having sex, binging, shopping, drinking, etc. on their own.

Likewise, a large number of these same people literally wouldn’t be able to continue to indulge in this behavior if they weren’t being helped by an enabler. An enabler, aka a codependent, is someone who commonly rescues anyone who is caught up in any of the compulsive or addictive, self-destructive behaviors we mentioned above.

Here are 10 of the best tips to stop enabling the person with co-occurring disorders in your life:

  1. Stop providing money that allows the addict to gamble, purchase drugs or alcohol, or participate in any other addictive pastimes.
  2. Do not pay bills, fines, rent or food expenses. This helps them find their own way through the debt and damages they’ve incurred.
  3. Avoid repaying loans the addict has accrued or providing money to pay back friends from whom they have borrowed money.
  4. Don’t lie to cover up or trivialize the facts about the addict’s actions or behavior.
  5. Stop making excuses for the addict or helping them by calling in sick or apologizing for them not attending events or appointments.
  6. Do not do anything for the addict that they should be able to do for themselves when sober or clean.
  7. Avoid joining an addict in their activities; this includes buying lottery tickets if you have a partner who gambles or buying alcohol and drinking around an alcoholic.
  8. Do not lend, gift or give an addict items they can sell or pawn for money. Any item with even nominal value is easy cash for an addict.
  9. Set your boundaries and stick to them. Do not make threats, and do not back down on your consequences.
  10. Be aware of codependent tendencies that cause you to want to rescue or save your addict. You may need to go to your own counseling to identify these behaviors in yourself.

How does Harmony Place diagnose mental health disorders?

Even if a new client hasn’t been diagnosed with a mental health disorder, our team can evaluate the client and make a professional diagnosis, if needed. We do this through an extensive assessment and evaluation process upon admission.

The steps we take during the evaluation process include:

  • Pre-Admission Assessments – reviewed and approved by licensed health care practitioner
  • Nursing Assessments – completed by licensed LVNs and RNs
  • Psychosocial Assessment
  • Patient History and Physical Assessment
  • Psychiatric Evaluation
  • Psychological Tests
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