What Is Dual Diagnosis?

What Is Co-Occurring DisordersThe term dual diagnosis (also known as co-occurring disorders) refers to an individual with one or more substance use conditions as well as one or more mental health conditions. Over the years, research at dual diagnosis treatment centers have shown that substance abuse and mental health tend to go hand in hand.

An example of co-occurring disorders is an individual addicted to alcohol who also has depression, or an individual dependent on painkillers who also has Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. The two disorders become intertwined and reinforce each other, leading to a worsening of both disorders.
And in order to treat one, you also need to treat the other.

Dual Diagnosis Treatment Is Holistic Treatment

When engaging in co-occurring disorders treatment, it’s essential to realize that addiction and mental illness can form a self-perpetuating cycle. Drug use can lead to exacerbated co-occurring mental health disorders such as anxiety or depression, which can lead to using drugs or alcohol as a form a self-medication, and so on.

It is proven in recent studies that integrating treatment for both substance abuse and mental health while in a rehab program lowers the relapse rate and therefore is a more effective approach. In keeping with our holistic philosophy, the Ranch Creek dual diagnosis program treats the entire person, and not just the addiction or just the mental health issue.

Common mental health conditions include:

  • Bipolar disorder
  • Depression
  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
  • Attention Deficit Disorder
  • Schizophrenia
  • Borderline Personality Disorder
  • Anxiety Disorder

A Serene Setting For Dual Diagnosis Treatment

Nestled in the hills of Southern California, our luxury private drug and alcohol treatment program is fully staffed with both psychologists and counselors who have over 20 years’ experience and are able to diagnose and treat mental health disorders along with the substance abuse disorders.

Treatment for mental health disorders, and drug and alcohol rehab both, are no simple “check-ups.” Setting and environment play important roles in creating a situation conducive to the self-reflection and serenity which are required to most effectively engender sobriety and mental health.

Our Dual Diagnosis Treatment Program

Our program is well rounded with cognitive therapy classes, group education classes, daily individual sessions and psychiatric evaluations in addition to our holistic and experiential therapies. We’ve found that by combining traditional therapies such as listed above with holistic therapies such as garden therapy, equine-assisted therapy and yoga sessions allow our patients to get the best treatment programs possible.

Each of our clients receives a full assessment, participating with our experts to evaluate which activities and therapeutic methods will benefit them the most. Following that, each patient will receive a personalized treatment plan based on his or her unique desires and need. This individualized approach is one of the things that sets Ranch Creek apart and remains our calling card.

At Ranch Creek Recovery we offer top of the line care for our clients and are capable of treating most mental health conditions along with substance abuse.

For more information on dual diagnosis or drug and alcohol treatment, call our Admissions Specialists today for a confidential assessment.