Dual Diagnosis Treatment in San Diego

As Medline Plus notes, dual diagnosis is a term used to denote that an individual has both a mental health disorder and substance use disorder (SUD). Mental health disorders and SUD often co-occur with each other and can worsen each other’s symptoms. The challenges of a dual diagnosis can impede your daily functioning and productivity at work or school and strain your relationships. Therefore, seeking support with dual diagnosis treatment can give you the tools you need to build a healthier you in long-term recovery.

At Sober Life, we know how overwhelming it can be to reach out for support, especially when you lead a busy life. Your responsibilities and obligations to work, school, and/or your family can make you feel like there is little time to meet your own needs. While the world keeps spinning even when you need a break, your well-being is also important to your long-term health and fulfillment. Thus, we are committed to providing flexible and personalized dual diagnosis treatment that meets you where you are on your journey to recovery.

Addressing Challenges With Dual Diagnosis

Having a dual diagnosis is not a result of a deficiency in you or caused directly by your behavior. Although SUD and mental health disorders often occur together, they do not have a cause-and-effect relationship. There are a variety of factors that can contribute to dual diagnosis:

  • Genetics
  • Chronic stress
  • Trauma
  • Self-medicating to temporarily relieve mental health symptoms
  • Certain mental health conditions can impact brain structure and function, which increases the risk of substance use
  • Chronic substance use can cause changes to the brain that increase the risk of developing a mental health disorder

Moreover, since dual diagnosis can come in a variety of combinations, specific challenges can be difficult to pin down. However, some common challenges that can happen with dual diagnosis include:

  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Strained relationships
  • Withdrawal from family and friends
  • Increased participation in risky behaviors
  • Disruptive changes in mood
  • Increased distress
  • Difficulty functioning at work and or school

Thus, the challenges of unaddressed dual diagnosis can create a self-destructive cycle of distress and substance misuse. While the challenges of co-occurring disorders can feel overwhelming, long-term recovery is possible. Seeking dual diagnosis treatment can give you access to whole-person care that considers your specific needs for recovery.

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Finding Dual Diagnosis Treatment at Sober Life

Dual diagnosis treatment should not have the parts over the whole mentality. Many traditional support services focus on substance use or mental health disorders. The one or the other approach to care leaves a huge portion of people with co-occurring disorders to trudge through the process of ineffective treatment plans. At Sober Life, we believe in taking a holistic approach to dual diagnosis treatment that prioritizes treating both or more conditions simultaneously.

Through holistic care, we can address your specific needs and experiences with SUD and co-occurring mental health disorders. We believe dual diagnosis treatment should provide guidance and support for every area of your life to support your long-term healing. Therefore, engaging in dual diagnosis treatment that focuses on healing the whole person in mind, body, and spirit can give you the tools to live your best life. Moreover, as a Joint Commission-accredited rehab and mental health services center, we are committed to providing flexible and comprehensive evidence-based care for your long-term well-being.

Discovering Your Path to Healing

At Sober Life, we believe recovery is for everyone because healing is not a one-size-fits-all process. Even when life is busy, you deserve access to recovery support that gives you the space to achieve your goals and lead a fulfilling life. With a flexible and personalized dual diagnosis treatment plan, you can discover the path to recovery that fits your life and goals. Through our addiction and mental health recovery approaches, you can engage in resiliency-focused care that fosters adaptive skills to help you lead a healthy and independent life.

Mental Health Recovery Approach

Challenges with mental health disorders and/or SUD often go unaddressed due to stigma. A lack of awareness and access to information increases stigma through myths and misconceptions about the who, what, and why of SUD and mental health. However, as the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) notes, approximately 9.2 million people in the United States alone have a co-occurring disorder. Therefore, with our HealthyU program, Sober Life offers comprehensive treatment plans with a variety of therapeutic modalities and levels of care for your specific needs:

  • Intensive outpatient program (IOP)
  • Hybrid IOP
    • Virtual group IOP
  • Partial hospitalization program (PHP)
  • Veteran IOP
  • Holistic activities
    • Yoga
  • Aftercare programs
    • Alumni

A dual diagnosis should not bar you from finding and receiving support for your long-term well-being. With a holistic approach to dual diagnosis treatment, you can work in partnership with our masters-level mental health clinicians to build the right treatment plan for you.

Addiction Recovery Approach

We offer flexible, individualized outpatient dual diagnosis treatment so you can maintain your independence while you recover. If you need a little support as you build your independent life in recovery, there is a path for you. Or if you need more intensive support to get your footing, there is a path to healing for you. Through a comprehensive and holistic approach to care, you can find a path to recovery that fits your specific needs.

Some of our holistic and low-structure dual diagnosis treatment services include:

  • Outpatient detoxification program
  • PHP
  • IOP
  • Virtual IOP (VIOP)
  • Veteran IOP
  • Holistic activities
  • Aftercare program

Our commitment to services-oriented dual diagnosis treatment is designed to support your independence and ability to thrive in the real world.

Benefits of Dual Diagnosis Treatment in a Healing Setting

Forging mutually supportive relationships can be a source of comfort and guidance in every part of your life. Your well-being is tied to the health of the close relationships you share as you find community and belonging in the successes and challenges of life. Moreover, your environment can also play a role in providing a space where you feel comfortable and safe to dig into the roots of your distress. Therefore, the relationships you build and the space in which you address challenges are integral to healing.

Here in Downtown San Diego, we have built a recovery space where compassion, independence, and community are at the core of our work and lived experiences. We have fostered a casual vibe here surrounded by the vibrant and creative Little Italy community because flexible and affordable recovery treatment should be accessible in our community. Moreover, as one of the oldest continuous neighborhoods in Downtown San Diego, we are proud to be a part of and contribute to the commitment to connection and community here in Little Italy.

Addressing the Importance of Dual Diagnosis Treatment

The challenges of a dual diagnosis can make it difficult to imagine that recovery is a possibility. You may have heard stories about chronic relapse, unpredictable and dangerous behavior, or even that co-occurring disorders do not exist. Many of the negative stories you may have heard about addiction and/or mental health disorders are often entangled with myths and misconceptions. There is a deep-seated set of stigmatized beliefs about SUD and mental health that are starting to be dismantled.

While it can be difficult to break away from beliefs based on myths, recognizing that a dual diagnosis does not make you evil, weak, or less than others is the first step in finding healing. Without dual diagnosis treatment, you increase your risk for further impairment and rob yourself of a fulfilling life. Some of the ways unaddressed dual diagnosis can impede your well-being include:

  • Cycle of self-medicating
  • Chronic distress
  • Impede employment and academic goals
  • Difficulty maintaining relationships
  • Loss of supportive connections
  • Higher mortality
  • Suicidal ideation
  • Loss of freedom
    • Incarceration

Reaching out for support with dual diagnosis treatment can give you the support you deserve to build a healthier you. The thought of seeking support and going through the process of treatment can be daunting. However, a holistic approach to long-term recovery is about more than sobriety. A sober life with holistic care is about understanding the roots of your challenges so you can lead a productive and meaningful life.

To take your first step toward long-term healing with dual diagnosis treatment, visit our Get Help page today.

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