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Counseling and CoffeeOur 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:
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.
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.
Percentage of domestic abuse assailants reported use of alcohol on the day of the assault
Average of fatal crashes in the U.S. related to Alcohol
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.
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.