Co-Occurring Substance Abuse (Dual Diagnosis) Treatment near San Diego

It is not uncommon for a patient to suffer from both mental health disorders and addiction issues simultaneously. According to recent studies, substance abuse has been a problem at some point in the past for 64% of patients currently undergoing psychiatric treatment, and as many as 90% of those suffering from schizophrenia. The structured living environment at Affinity provides an effective and welcoming place for treating individuals who suffer from both addiction issues and thought or mood disorders.

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What is a Dual Diagnosis?

When mental disorders and substance abuse occur simultaneously it is called a dual diagnosis. The effects can be especially disheartening and obstruct the patient’s progress, even when under the care of a physician.


The most common symptoms include:

  • Alienation from family and friends

  • Lack of cooperation with doctors and nurses

  • Frequent and excessive outbursts of emotion

For friends and loved ones, as well as for the affected individual, this often leads to confusion. Is the substance abuse causing the symptoms of mental illness? Is a known history of mental disorder manifesting as uncontrolled additions?

When a patient suffers from both mental illness and substance abuse, we can never turn a blind eye to one issue while attempting to treat the other.


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People with certain mental health conditions may experience a few minutes of relief through abuse of some substances, but the situation soon changes for the worst. Using medications or alcohol in unhealthy ways leads to a spiral of self-destructive behaviors.

Ultimately, adding substances to any mental health condition will cause it to worsen.

By the time this is understood, however, chemical dependency may have set in. In these painful situations, patients require help on two levels: Separation from the substance combined with therapy and other treatments that will give them new coping mechanisms.

Ultimately, anyone undergoing treatment in a dual diagnosis situation must build more emotional resiliency. This is the key to ensuring that when future problems arise they will not feel drawn towards familiar destructive patterns.

A dual treatment center is the ideal environment for this multi-dimensional treatment.

Residential treatment is particularly effective in these cases because it provides a safe place to recover. With physical and emotional distance from negative habits, each patient has a brand new opportunity to develop fresh ways of looking at life.

Dual Diagnosis Treatment At Affinity Treatment Centers

While it is not always possible to determine whether mental illness or substance abuse is having a greater impact on the patient, it is beneficial to focus primarily on the thought or mood disorder involved—at least initially. There are several reasons for this.

First, only after the patient has stabilized on the proper medication and dosage does he or she have the presence of mind necessary to confront the substance abuse problem effectively. Once the patient better understands his or her role in stopping the cycle, progress tends to come faster and the patient is less prone to relapse. This is not to say that substance abuse is any less important than mental illness, but rather that we see the best overall results when confronting the two issues in this sequence.

Treatment for Dual Diagnosis at Affinity Centers

Affinity Treatment Centers provides dual diagnoses treatment options tailored to individual needs. As one of the top residential dual diagnosis treatment centers inCalifornia, we offer short-term residential treatment programs from dual diagnosis San Diego experts.

We work with clients from the Los Angeles and San Diego areas, including Vista and Bonsall. Each of our residents receives a personalized treatment plan including one-on-one and group support throughout the healing experience.

 A full range of different options allows us to provide a restorative experience for the whole person – mental, emotional and physical.

For those taking medication, medication management is a key part of our approach – ensuring the right therapeutic dose for optimal results.

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Getting Help for Dual Diagnosis Patients

If you think you know someone who is exhibiting symptoms of dual diagnosis, get them the help they need. We work individually with each patient to create a personalized experience that leads to an exceptionally high rate of success.

Contact us immediately if you would like to speak to someone about the dual diagnosis program services offered at Affinity. We will be happy to assist you make an informed choice for the benefit of your loved one.