Dual diagnosis treatment is another critical component of effective addiction recovery, one that the Beach House rehab center provides as part of a full continuum of care geared to meet clients’ individualized treatment needs.
A great proportion of clients seeking freedom from addiction suffer from a co-occurring disorder — namely, a diagnosable mental illness like anxiety, depression, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), personality disorder or an eating disorder such as anorexia or bulimia. Addiction thus often develops as an effort to self-medicate another already-existing mental illness. Ideally, then, recovery should also include the co-occurring disorder(s) that contributed to substance abuse.
In this context, finding lasting freedom from addiction requires treating the whole person and the full spectrum of their medical needs, not just the substance use disorder itself. At Beach House, we focus on treating the addiction and the co-occurring disorder together, as part of a battery of outcome-oriented, therapeutic interventions offered to clients at our drug and alcohol residential treatment center. This integrated treatment approach is linked to more successful recovery outcomes, according to leading addiction experts.
Medication Assistance for Dual Diagnoses
For many clients with dual diagnoses — those who suffer from co-occurring mental illnesses like anxiety, major depression or bipolar disorder, among others — medication assistance offers a much stronger chance at lasting freedom from addiction. So go the latest pronouncements by leading authorities on addiction like the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) and others. Research shows that medication assistance is paramount in recovery, they say.
Following a comprehensive assessment and careful diagnosis from our on-site, addictions-certified psychiatrist, clients with co-occurring disorders may be prescribed one or more medications to treat an underlying mental disorder that’s exacerbating their addiction to drugs or alcohol.
Depending on the diagnosis, some clients may receive short-term, temporary medication assistance. Others may be advised to stay on one or more medications for the long haul. Whatever the course and nature of their medication-assisted treatment, Beach House clients are assured careful oversight by only the most experienced and licensed of medical professionals throughout the detox and inpatient treatment process.
Evidence-Based Therapies for Dual Diagnoses
Medication is only one prong of a holistic, individualized treatment plan for clients with dual diagnoses. At Beach House, clients receive only those therapies that have been vetted and proven effective in years of scientific research about addiction treatment that works. Learn more about Alcohol Inpatient Rehab and Drug Inpatient Rehab.
These include but are not limited to:
- Trauma-Informed Therapy, including Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) skills, helps clients heal from the experiences of trauma and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) that are often at the root of substance abuse. Our therapists teach clients DBT skills involving how to manage the painful emotions associated with a post-traumatic stress response, so that clients can successfully overcome this very common relapse trigger. In addition to these DBT skills, clients learn how to develop the following cognitive-behavioral tools through trauma-informed therapy: grounding skills, resource building, safe place work, and resiliency skills.
- Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is another form of psychotherapy that, based on ongoing research into its comparative effectiveness next to other interventions, qualifies as a “best practice” in treating dual diagnoses. Our CBT-certified therapists work with clients to change the particular cognitive and behavioral patterns that feed their drug abuse — and to replace them with healthier coping skills, in the way of alternative forms of thinking, relating and acting.
- Peer Support and Life Skills Groups offer clients with dual diagnoses daily access to a caring, intimate community that will support them in learning new coping skills that promote self-care, a healthy lifestyle and resilience to the dual diagnosis-related triggers of an addiction.
- Mindfulness Meditation and Yoga practices encourage relaxation, foster deeper spirituality and strengthen both self-connection (an awareness of one’s own body, mind and spirit) and connection with others. For clients with dual diagnoses seeking freedom from addiction, these practices can be especially helpful.
- Family Therapy with our family therapy experts helps both clients and their families better understand a dual diagnosis, develop better communication skills, establish healthy boundaries and connect with a wider network of mental health resources. Learn more about our Family Program.