Treating Dual Diagnosis: Managing Addiction and Mental Health Issues Simultaneously

Treating Dual Diagnosis: Managing Addiction and Mental Health Issues Simultaneously

By Jennifer McDougall

Dual diagnosis—the coexistence of a substance use disorder and a mental health disorder—presents unique challenges. At Passages Malibu, we understand that effective treatment requires addressing both issues simultaneously. Our holistic, non-12-step approach provides comprehensive care tailored to each individual’s needs, ensuring a path to lasting recovery.

Understanding Dual Diagnosis

Dual diagnosis is more common than many realize. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), about half of those who experience a mental illness will also experience a substance use disorder, and vice versa. The interplay between addiction and mental health can create a vicious cycle where each condition exacerbates the other.

The Challenges of Dual Diagnosis

Treating dual diagnosis is complex because it involves addressing two intertwined issues. Traditional rehab programs often fall short as they typically focus solely on addiction, neglecting the underlying mental health disorders. This oversight can lead to relapse and a sense of hopelessness among individuals seeking help.

Our Holistic Approach

At Passages Malibu, we take a holistic approach to dual-diagnosis treatment. This means we look at the whole person, not just their addiction or mental health condition. Our personalized treatment plans are designed to address recovery’s physical, emotional, and spiritual aspects.

Comprehensive Assessment

The journey to recovery at Passages Malibu begins with a comprehensive assessment. Our team of experts conducts in-depth evaluations to identify the specific mental health disorders and substance use issues affecting each client. This thorough understanding allows us to create a customized treatment plan that targets the root causes of both conditions.

Integrated Therapy

Our integrated therapy approach combines evidence-based treatments for both addiction and mental health disorders. This includes cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT), dialectical behavior therapy (DBT), and other therapeutic modalities. By addressing both issues concurrently, we help clients break the cycle of addiction and mental health struggles.

Holistic Therapies

In addition to traditional therapies, we offer a range of holistic therapies that promote overall well-being. These include:

  • Yoga and Meditation: These practices help clients develop mindfulness and reduce stress, aiding in mental health recovery.
  • Gourmet Meals: Our team of gourmet chefs prepares three healthy meals daily, ensuring that clients receive nutritious, balanced diets to support their overall well-being.
  • Fitness Programs: Physical activity boosts mood and overall health, crucial to recovery.
  • Art and Music Therapy: Creative expression can be therapeutic, helping clients process emotions and experiences.

Supportive Environment

Recovery is a journey best undertaken in a supportive and nurturing environment. At Passages Malibu, we provide a serene and luxurious setting where clients can focus on healing. Our staff is dedicated to offering compassionate care, ensuring everyone feels valued and understood.

Success Stories

Nothing speaks to the efficacy of our dual diagnosis treatment better than our clients’ success stories. Many have come to Passages Malibu feeling defeated and left with renewed hope and purpose.

Here are a few testimonials:

  • John’s Story: “I struggled with depression and alcohol addiction for years. Passages Malibu’s holistic approach helped me understand the connection between my mental health and addiction. The personalized care I received changed my life.”
  • Sarah’s Journey: “I was diagnosed with anxiety and a prescription drug addiction. The team at Passages Malibu provided the support and treatment I needed to address both issues. I’m now living a sober and fulfilling life.”

Take the First Step Today

If you or a loved one is struggling with a dual diagnosis, know that help is available. At Passages Malibu, we are committed to providing the highest quality care, ensuring a comprehensive and effective treatment experience. Our 12-step approach empowers individuals to reclaim their lives and achieve lasting recovery.

Contact Us

Take the first step towards a healthier, happier life. Contact Passages Malibu today to learn more about our dual diagnosis treatment program. Our team is here to support you every step of the way. Call (888) 397-0112 now.

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