About Dual Diagnosis Treatment

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Co-occurring disorders, also known as dual diagnosis, occur when a person is struggling with two or more disorders simultaneously, such as depression and alcoholism. People with co-occurring disorders can have multiple mental illnesses, multiple substance addictions or both mental illness and substance addiction.

Clinicians often find it more difficult than usual to treat individuals with co-occurring conditions for multiple reasons.

First, co-occurring disorders often work additively. In other words, one disorder may make the other disorder(s) worse and vice versa. If clinicians simply treat one disorder while ignoring the other(s), the treatment is more likely to fail. As an example, a teenage boy with both alcoholism and depression who receives only treatment for his alcoholism may find himself relapsing whenever his depressive symptoms worsen.

Second, many people don’t recognize that they have co-occurring disorders. This is because the symptoms of one disorder may mask another. For example, an adolescent girl may attribute her racing thoughts to her anxiety, when in reality she has undiagnosed bipolar disorder in addition to anxiety.

For these reasons, patients who are struggling with mental health or substance abuse issues should receive a thorough physical and mental examination prior to receiving treatment.

Sovereign clinicians understand the importance of diagnosing and treating co-occurring conditions. Our patients receive world-class treatment in our dual diagnosis program, increasing the likelihood of a full recovery.

Dual Diagnosis at Sovereign Health of Rancho San Deigo

At Sovereign Health of Rancho San Diego, our clinicians treat all co-occurring conditions so that our adolescent patients make a full, lasting recovery.

We conduct a full medical, psychosocial and psychiatric assessment so that each treatment regimen will best suit the needs of every patient. Treatment modalities in our dual diagnosis program include:

  • Individual therapy
  • Family therapy
  • Process group therapy
  • Art therapy/music therapy
  • Equine therapy
  • Anger management
  • Stress management
  • Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT)
  • Dialectical behavior therapy (DBT)
  • Sobriety groups
  • Substance abuse educational groups
  • Trauma-informed care
  • Neurofeedback

All treatment modalities are evidence-based, which means that they have been backed up by extensive science. Our expert clinicians use a combination of these methods to make sure each patient receives the highest quality of treatment possible to address his or her addiction and/or mental health issues.

What Can I Expect From Sovereign Health of Rancho San Deigo?

During the admissions process, our clinicians provide each patient with a thorough evaluation designed to diagnosis any co-occurring conditions. Our residential accommodations feature modern, comfortable furnishings as well as a swimming pool, baseball field, basketball and volleyball courts, greenbelt for walking and nearby canyons for hiking. Television access is limited, and weekly outings are a regular occurrence.

Each of our residential facilities is designed to be a peaceful “home away from home,” where adolescents can focus on one thing: getting healthy.

Adolescents who choose to stay at Sovereign Health of Rancho San Diego can expect their treatment to last anywhere from 30 to 90 days. Supervision and crisis intervention are available 24/7.

For more information about dual diagnosis and adolescent treatment at Sovereign Health of Rancho San Diego, please call our 24/7 helpline.

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