Beach House Center for Recovery is one of the leading dual diagnosis treatment centers in Florida, offering comprehensive therapeutic interventions for a broad spectrum of mental health disorders. 

With a nationally recognized team of dedicated mental health clinicians, addiction specialists, and psychiatric providers, we are committed to helping every patient end the cycle of addiction. 

Substance use disorder and mental health conditions frequently overlap. Individuals with a mental illness and an alcohol or substance use disorder are said to have a dual diagnosis—an issue that complicates the recovery process. 

Mental health disorders and substance use disorders compound one another. Continued substance misuse worsens the symptoms associated with mental health disorders, causing further substance misuse.

This cyclical phenomenon accelerates the physical and emotional damage of addiction. 

Without targeted, comprehensive mental health care, the prospects for recovery aren’t promising. That’s why Beach House Center for Recovery provides evidence-based addiction treatment and individual, intensive psychiatric services with group therapies. 

Our team is committed to offering comprehensive, patient-focused, and personalized dual diagnosis treatment programs that address the underlying causes of self-medicating behaviors. We provide in-depth clinical expertise and effective therapeutic interventions that empower patients with the knowledge and support necessary to participate fully and effectively in all aspects of their recovery.

What Is Dual Diagnosis Treatment?

Dial-diagnosis treatment treats the diagnosed mental illness and substance misuse simultaneously. Effective dual diagnosis treatment strategies depend upon the nature of the co-occurring condition. 

The most common co-occurring mental health disorders include

Anxiety Disorders

Anxiety disorders involve excessive and persistent feelings of fear and worry that can significantly impact daily life, often leading to avoidance of certain situations or objects.

Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)

ADHD is a neurodevelopmental disorder characterized by difficulties sustaining attention, controlling impulses, and hyperactivity, often affecting children and adults.

Bipolar Disorder

Bipolar disorder is a common mood disorder marked by extreme shifts in mood and energy levels, ranging from episodes of elevated and manic behavior to periods of deep depression and hopelessness.

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

PTSD is a mental health condition that can develop after experiencing or witnessing a traumatic event, such as physical or sexual abuse, the death of a loved one, or time in active military. PTSD can lead to symptoms like flashbacks, nightmares, and heightened arousal.

Mood Disorders

Mood disorders encompass a range of conditions affecting a person’s emotional state, including depression, bipolar disorder, and related conditions that impact mood regulation.

Medications for mood disorders might be used to manage mental health conditions. When medication-assisted treatment is employed, inpatient residential treatment is the most effective option. To achieve sobriety, continuous support and medical supervision are essential.

Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD)

OCD is characterized by intrusive thoughts (obsessions) and repetitive behaviors or mental acts (compulsions) aimed at reducing anxiety but often causing distress and disruption in daily life.

How Can Substance Abuse Lead to Mental Illness?

Struggling with an unmanaged mental health condition can lead to self-medicating behaviors and substance misuse. However, some mental health disorders—notably depression and anxiety—can be drug or alcohol-induced. 

The causal relationship between substance use and mental illness cannot be definitively identified in most cases. However, people with substance use disorders are more likely to have an underlying mental health condition than the general population. People with mental health conditions are statistically more likely to struggle with addiction

Substance use disorders and mental health conditions can both be exacerbated by the following factors

  • Physiological Responses: Drug-induced psychosis is associated with certain mood-altering substances, including methamphetamine, cocaine, and alcohol. 
  • Hereditary Factors: Some people might be genetically predisposed to be at greater risk for depression and substance use disorder. 
  • External Factors: People who live in unsafe circumstances or struggle financially are likelier to engage in addictive behaviors. Substance misuse can result from trauma, fear, or anxiety.

Personalized Care at One of Florida’s Best Treatment Centers for Dual Diagnosis

Dual diagnosis treatment is integrated into every facet of our care.

At Beach House, our team of addiction specialists and psychiatric providers has in-depth experience in addressing a wide range of psychological disorders. 

Our individualized care approach at our dual diagnosis treatment center involves the following

  • A comprehensive physical and psychiatric evaluation
  • A customized treatment plan for each patient leveraging a wide range of evidence-based therapeutic interventions
  • Support from an experienced and supportive multidisciplinary team
  • An effective therapeutic alliance that empowers patients with the tools they need to participate fully in their treatment
  • Medication-assisted treatment (MAT), where appropriate
  • 7:1 client-therapist ratio, ensuring one-on-one engagement  
  • A modern, pristine campus-based facility surrounded by a nature preserve and only one mile from the coast
  • Sunrise meditations and a variety of amenities intended for comfort and holistic healing
  • Onsite 12-step recovery groups
  • 24/7 medical monitoring for medically vulnerable patients 

What Is Treated First: Addiction or Mental Health?

In dual diagnosis care, there isn’t a one-size-fits-all answer to what’s treated first.

Generally, treatment plans should be tailored to the person’s unique situation. In some cases, immediate attention might be given to the more severe or life-threatening condition.

However, in most instances, it’s essential to address both addiction and mental health issues simultaneously or in a closely coordinated manner. 

Addressing addiction and mental health issues concurrently is crucial because these conditions often interact and influence each other. Treating one without considering the other might lead to relapse or incomplete recovery. 

Integrated treatment aims to provide comprehensive care that considers how addiction and mental health symptoms impact one another and the individual’s overall well-being.

Ultimately, dual diagnosis care aims to provide holistic and individualized treatment that addresses addiction and mental health issues in a coordinated way, maximizing the chances of successful and lasting recovery.

Beach House: One of Florida's Leading Dual Diagnosis Treatment Centers

Beach House Center for Recovery offers unwavering support to patients struggling with addiction and co-occurring disorders. 

With evidence-based, revolutionary treatment programs, including

we can help you break free from your substance use disorder and manage co-occurring conditions effectively.

Please contact our helpful and compassionate admissions counselors today to learn more about dual diagnosis treatment at Beach House.