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Residential Treatment For Schizophrenia in California, near San Diego

Daily life with schizophrenia can be frightening. In many instances, patients come to believe that they are in some kind of danger or that certain people they know are plotting to harm them. Naturally, these misconceptions can lead to ranting and raving, antisocial behaviors and higher levels of negative stress.

When it's left untreated, the mental disorder schizophrenia can have tragic effects on a person's life. Problems with the physical makeup of the brain or with its balance of neurochemicals can lead to this disease. Its effects most often show up in people aged 16 to 30.

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Residential Treatment For Schizophrenia at Affinity Center, California

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When someone suffers a mental health concern like schizophrenia and substance use at the same time, it is called dual diagnosis. Recovery requires specialized care that addresses both problems and the many ways they interact.

Compassionate psychiatric care is essential for people who want to achieve substance-free wellness.

At Affinity Treatment Centers, we develop personalized treatment plans, including 24-hour care, for each of our residents.

Why Choose Us?

  • CARF accredited inpatient treatment center

  • Strong professional and experienced staff

  • Supportive living environment

  • 24 Hour Help

  • Individual, Group, and Family Therapy Options

Our treatment methods include:

  • Medication Management
    Many schizophrenia sufferers are on the wrong kind of medication or the wrong dose for them. Therapeutic effects can be dramatically improved through professional medication management.

  • Individual Psychotherapy
    A one-on-one care relationship is the best environment for many people to feel truly safe and supported when expressing their feelings. Our team members are experts who understand you.

  • Large and Small Group Sessions
    Group sessions introduce our residents to the caring and supportive community around them. We believe in customized, interesting, meaningful group sessions – not in exhausting all-day affairs.

  • Recreational and Art Therapy
    A creative environment can help those with schizophrenia express themselves better. Art therapy is an enjoyable way to “reconnect” and learn how to manage symptoms more effectively.

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Our psychiatrist. Dr. Signer

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How Does Substance Use Affect Schizophrenia?

Nicotine and alcohol are both commonly abused by people with schizophrenia and may interfere with mental functioning. The use of substances like marijuana can dramatically worsen some symptoms.

Schizophrenia sufferers are generally non-violent and are more likely to harm themselves than others. Substance use can make them more likely to engage in risky or self-destructive behaviors. Substances become more dangerous when used as a way to “self-medicate,” especially in San Diego

Schizophrenia Symptoms

Major symptoms of schizophrenia include:

  • Hallucinations: Perceiving things with any of the five senses that are not actually there;

  • Delusions: Strongly held false beliefs, for example that the sufferer is a historical figure;

  • Thought Disorders: Such as making up words or having difficulty organizing words;

  • Movement Disorders: This may manifest as repetitive movements or even catatonia.

People with schizophrenia can also suffer negative symptoms – where something is impaired or “missing.” Because of these symptoms, schizophrenia is often misunderstood as depression.

Negative symptoms include:

  • Flat Affect: Difficulty expressing emotion through facial expressions and the voice;

  • Low Mood: Reduced feelings of pleasure in life and difficulty “sticking to” tasks;

  • Other Dysfunctions: Problems planning and doing everyday tasks, like hygiene.

Before someone is diagnosed with schizophrenia, others may think they are “odd” or even lazy. The truth is, all the behaviors above are symptoms of a serious illness. Although schizophrenia cannot be cured, it can be treated effectively.