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Dual Diagnosis Help has an incredibly quick and painless process that requires a minimum amount of paper work so that we don’t delay your journey another moment.

Solving Life's Puzzles

Every person has a unique story which is why our dedicated staff teaches each patient a set of uniquely tailored life skills to solve life’s puzzles and turn problems into victories.

Counseling and Coffee

Our approach to counseling is to give our patients a calm comfortable atmosphere to talk to our Life Coaching  Addiction counselors over a nice fresh cup of coffee.

Dual Diagnosis Treatment

If you are suffering from mental illness with complications brought about through alcohol or drug abuse, “Dual Diagnosis” is a term that might accurately describe your condition. Dual Diagnosis (also called “co-occurring disorders, COD ”) can be challenging to distinguish and diagnose because the use of drugs will often carry psychiatric symptoms that make it hard to distinguish from a pre-existing mental disorder. Since this condition requires attention for substance abuse or dependency as well as mental illness, a dual diagnosis scenario most often is more complicated than these conditions independent of one another. Recent studies suggest that people diagnosed with mental illness are at a higher risk for substance dependency (marijuana, opiates, cocaine and other stimulants and alcohol) and people who are alcohol dependent or substance abusers might be self-medicating for mental illness (including bipolar disorder and schizophrenia).

 

Other theories that consider the relationship

between mental illness and substance abuse include:

Casualty

Which suggests that over a period of time drug abuse can lead to mental illness.

Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder

Those with ADHD are more likely to try drugs or alcohol at a younger age than their peers and more likely to experience a negative response from those encounters.

Autism Spectrum Disorder

Points to certain types of substance abuse (especially alcohol abuse)  exaggerate symptoms common to the condition of autism (impaired social skills, impaired perception of facial emotions, theory of mind deficits and the ability to understand humor).

Past Exposure to Psychiatric Medications

Explores the possibility that past exposure to psychiatric medication alters neural synapses which might create a new imbalance in the absence of the medication; symptom(s) might appear that can only be treated by the re-introduction of the medication.

Alleviation of Dysphoria

In which people with acute mental illness are perceived to have a negative self-image (anxiety, depression, boredom, and loneliness), leading to a higher prosperity to use psychoactive substances as an escape or relief from these negative feelings.

Multiple Risk Factor

Postulates that shared risk factors contribute heavily to both substance abuse and mental illness, including but not limited to; social isolation, poverty, lack of structured daily activity, lack of authority role models, environmental ease to access of drugs, association with and influence of peer groups involved with drug use and traumatic life events such as sexual abuse. These can all be contributing factors to the evolution of mental illness and substance abuse.

Super-sensitivity

Theories that persons with severe mental illness also have biological and psychological vulnerabilities caused by genetic and early environmental life events. When exaggeration of pre-existing conditions occur due to life stress, this might trigger a relapse to an existing illness. Anti-psychotic medication can be applied to alleviate this condition but even low doses of substance abuse can increase it.   The psychiatric medication might heighten sensitivity to the effects of drugs and alcohol, creating a negative outcome for the patient.

Dual Diagnosis Help
A Fresh Approach to Recovery
At Dual Diagnosis Help we recognize that treating substance abuse is complex and offers no easy answers. For most people who seek treatment, there are one or more mental health issues at the heart of their addiction. Often, diseases like alcoholism, can be linked with depression and anxiety disorders that may cause or exacerbate their condition. If untreated, recovery can be delayed and the probability of relapse significantly increases. This is why any long-term, effective chemical dependency treatment program must simultaneously address an individual’s underlying mental health disorder(s).
Staggering Statistics
The official stats on drug and alcohol abuse within the United States are astonishing. Everyday, millions of Americans must live with the many pitfalls associated with substance abuse, including the more than 7 million children who have parents with alcoholism. The disease of addiction is often correlated with incidences of violence, destruction of property, suicide, job loss, and more. Unless properly treated, addiction will only continue to wreak havoc on the lives of everyone involved. The need for comprehensive and effective treatment options for individuals suffering from the addiction is clear. Today, dual diagnosis treatment centers, which deal with both the physical and mental disorders connected with addiction, offer the cutting-edge solutions in the battle against dependency. According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), approximately 6.8 million Americans had both a substance abuse disorder and a co-occurring mental illness. Diseases of addiction, like alcoholism, are more likely to occur among people with mental disorders than people with no mental health troubles at all.

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Percentage of domestic abuse assailants reported use of alcohol on the day of the assault

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Average of fatal crashes in the U.S. related to Alcohol

Happy clients is what we’re about

I am currently in my 50th day of a life changing experience here at Dual Diagnosis Help, Malibu. The amazing people that have touched my life are now part of the fabric of my recovery. Recovery permeates the beautiful surroundings and emanates from the sober staff. The outside AA meetings offer real world experience that I can carry with me when I leave. But it is the life-long sober friendships that I really treasure. My therapist is in recovery and offers a unique perspective to my recovery issues. I came here hoping and I leave here with hope. Bob Chewowski


I have been very impressed with the care that I have received at Dual Diagnosis Help. The facilities, staff, and food are wonderful. I encourage anyone interested in treatment to explore Dual Diagnosis Help as an option.

Tina Gaurner


My experience of Dual Diagnosis Help has been great. The staff is very receptive to people’s needs and the groups offer great insight into the issues surrounding addiction and subsequent sobriety. Dual Diagnosis Help does a great job at emphasizing the importance of a mind and body connection by taking us to the gym five days a week and combining that with groups which teach healthy coping mechanisms for areas ranging from anxiety and depression to anger management and relapse prevention.

Dave Triston

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