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Dual Diagnosis Treatment Programs in Orange County

On their own, substance abuse and alcohol addiction can feel overwhelming for any individual. But, combined with a mental health disorder? Recovery can feel that much harder and less attainable. Fortunately, at Cornerstone, our team of medical and mental health professionals are here to ensure the complete recovery, safety, and confidence of our patients, delivering compassionate, evidence-based dual diagnosis treatment centers for individuals struggling with a dual diagnosis of drug and alcohol addiction with mental health illness.

With the right help, individuals can overcome the intertwined challenges of addiction and mental health disorders. Cornerstone of Southern California has long recognized the significance of treating these conditions simultaneously and has, therefore, pioneered a holistic approach that caters to the unique needs of each individual. We work directly with each of our patients, creating a treatment plan that is tailored to support a life-long recovery journey.

Understanding Dual Diagnosis

Learn more about Dual Diagnosis and the treatment available at Cornerstone of Southern California.

What is Dual Diagnosis?

Dual diagnosis is the occurance of both alcohol abuse or drug addiction and a mental health disorder. Unfortunately, dual diagnosis is not uncommon and often occur simultaneously – especially for those who were diagnosed with a mental health disorder first.

According to the National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH), 45% of people in the United States alone deal with dual diagnosis, severely impacting nearly 17 million adults.

Because each patient is different, with different symptoms, disorders, and triggers, each dual diagnosis case will need to be handled with expert care that focuses on both substance abuse treatment and mental health support. Addiction can exacerbate symptoms of mental illnesses, and vice versa, making a coordinated treatment approach vital.

Advantages of Dual Diagnosis Addicton Treatment

Cornerstone of Southern California believes in treating the individual as a whole. By addressing both the addiction and the underlying mental health disorder, we significantly reduce the risk of relapse. Our patients not only learn coping skills tailored for their dual diagnosis, but also find solace in a supportive community that understands the nature of their recovery journey.

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Common Co-Occurring Mental Disorders with Addiction

In order to prevent dual diagnosis from occurring or to get the proper care and support needed to address dual diagnosis, it’s important first to recognize the mental health disorders that are often co-occur with addiction, leading to dual diagnosis.  

While any mental health disorder can co-exist with addiction, the most common include:

  • Anxiety Disorders
  • Depression
  • Bipolar Disorder
  • Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
  • Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
  • Schizophrenia
  • Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD)

Signs of Mental Health Illness

There is not a one-size-fits-all approach to dual diagnosis treatment because many combinations of dual diagnosis can occur simultaneously. Upon noticing that you or a loved one is struggling with any of these symptoms, it’s important to seek professional help from a credible dual diagnosis treatment center right away in order to establish a care plan and begin a recovery process.

Recognizing mental health symptoms can be crucial. Signs include:

  • Withdrawal
  • Extreme mood changes
  • Taking part in risky behaviors
  • Requiring a substance to function day-to-day
  • Developing a high-tolerance for a substance
  • Thoughts of suicide

While many people develop a substance abuse or addiction after a mental health disorder diagnosis, the reverse has just as many negative effects to physical, mental, and social health, ultimately requiring both a mental health and inpatient detox treatment plan.

The time to seek help for dual diagnosis recovery is immediately. Dual diagnosis neglect can lead to the development of more intense coping mechanisms and dependency issues, as often times, the initial self-medication techniques used start to lose their affect.

Therapy & Support for Dual Diagnosis Patients

Effective therapy and robust support are foundational for dual diagnosis patients on their journey to recovery.

Integrated Therapies for Both Addiction & Mental Health Issues

At Cornerstone, we offer a variety of integrated and evidence-based substance abuse treatment plans that help identify the root cause of each client’s addiction and mental health disorder, allowing the development a full dual diagnosis treatment plan that caters to their individual needs. We offer a variety of treatment plans, including therapeutic modalities services such as Cognitive Behaviors Therapy, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), and more. With 24-hour expert support, we’re able to provide focused and private treatment options that ensure the physical and mental safety of our clients.

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) equips patients with skills to identify and change negative thought and behavior patterns, helping them manage triggers and employ effective coping strategies.

Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)

Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) emphasizes mindfulness, emotional regulation, distress tolerance, and improving interpersonal relationships. It provides tools for managing emotions and enhancing relationship dynamics. By fostering these skills, patients can manage intense emotions, enhance their relationships, and navigate life’s most difficult challenges more easily.

One-to-One Mental Heath Counseling for Dual Diagnosis

At Cornerstone, our mission is to create a comfortable, supportive space for individuals suffering from dual diagnosis to process, heal, and thrive. Our one-to-one mental health therapy sessions delve deep into personal challenges, offering tailored guidance to overcome the challenges of mental health disorders. Each session is tailored to the individual, meaning you’ll receive mental health therapy treatment specific to your needs and diagnosis.

Family and Couple Mental Health Therapy

Addiction and mental health disorders have a ripple effect on relationships, family, and friends. Through specialized therapy, families and couples can rebuild trust, set healthy boundaries, and reforge stronger connections.

Group Mental Health Therapy

Patients share experiences and strategies in a nurturing community environment, fostering mutual support for dual diagnosis treatments. Oftentimes other members of the group therapy session have shared experiences and can relate to and understand what you are going through with your recovery from both mental health disorder and drug and alcohol addiction. This is another method of reinforcing the support you have for your recovery journey.

Recovery Support Groups

Led by individuals, peers, and staff who continue to walk the path of recovery, peer support groups provide invaluable insight into the possibility and reality of your recovery journey. The shared experiences in these sessions foster a community of understanding and encouragement.

Trauma Informed Care

Acknowledging the deep-rooted impact of trauma, our therapists integrate trauma-sensitive methods into treatment. This ensures a holistic healing process that considers past traumas and their lingering effects.

Mindfulness and Meditation

Mindfulness and meditation practices are essential tools in the recovery toolkit. They offer techniques to remain present, manage anxiety, and cultivate a heightened sense of self-awareness.

Holistic Therapies: Art, Music, and Movement

Beyond traditional therapy, Cornerstone integrates creative modalities like art, music, and movement. These therapeutic outlets provide diverse ways for patients to express, heal, and grow. These holistic therapies help us reforce connections with ourselves and others, allowing for enjoyment and celebratation of mental health and addiction recovery through the expression of creativity, emotion, humanity, love, and triumph.

Educational Workshops

Knowledge empowers recovery. By educating patients about the intricacies of addiction and mental health, Cornerstone of Southern California ensures they are equipped with the tools and understanding needed for a sustained and informed recovery journey.

Dual Diagnosis Treatment Process

The Dual Diagnosis Treatment Process at Cornerstone offers a comprehensive approach to simultaneously address both addiction and underlying mental health disorders, ensuring holistic healing and sustainable recovery. Since 1984, the professionals at Cornerstone have been delivering personalized, tailored alcohol and drug treatment plans for individuals in the Southern California area

To start your dual diagnosis treatment, please get in touch with us today and we’ll find a solution that’s right for you.

Addiction and Mental Health Assessment

Our comprehensive addiction and mental health assessments form the foundation of our customized treatment plans and is a key part of the intake of new dual diagnosis patients at our dual diagnosis treatment center in Orange County, California.

Drug & Alcohol Detoxification

Managing the initial stages of recovery, our detoxification services ensure a safe and medically supervised process, focusing intensively on those grappling with the complexities of a dual diagnosis, ensuring both mental and addiction symptoms are addressed.

Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT)

Cornerstone employs medically assisted treatment (MAT) as a key component of dual diagnosis treatment. It plays a significant role in easing the symptoms of addiction and associated mental health disorders, paving the way for a more effective recovery journey.

Mental Health Therapy and Support

At Cornerstone of Southern California, we believe in a holistic approach. Through a blend of proven therapies, including CBT, individual counseling, and group sessions, we address the intertwined challenges of addiction and mental health, ensuring a comprehensive support system for our patients.

Inpatient Dual Diagnosis Treatment

Our inpatient addiction treatment programs for dual diagnosis patients are designed to provide an all-encompassing therapeutic environment. Especially curated for those with a dual diagnosis, patients benefit from structured therapeutic activities that delve deep into both addiction and mental health challenges.

12-Step Program for Dual Diagnosis

Recognizing the intricacies of dual diagnosis, we’ve modified the traditional 12-step model to serve this unique demographic. This adaptation ensures that patients are equipped to handle triggers and challenges specific to co-existing mental health disorders and addiction.

Post-Treatment Care

Cornerstone emphasizes the importance of sustained care post-treatment. With tailored resources and support mechanisms, we aim to minimize the risk of relapse, ensuring that dual diagnosis patients continue on their recovery journey with confidence and support.

Outpatient Dual Diagnosis Treatment

Understanding the need for flexibility, Cornerstone’s outpatient programs are designed to maintain rigorous treatment standards. This ensures that patients receive unwavering support, all while accommodating their daily life routines as they transition from intensive care to an outpatient recovery program.

Beginning Your Dual Diagnosis Recovery Program

The path to holistic healing and recovery is within reach at Cornerstone of Southern California. Whether you’re seeking immediate support, a consultation, or simply wish to understand more about our dual diagnosis program, we’re here to guide and support your journey every step of the way.

Dual Diagnosis FAQs

Navigating the complexities of dual diagnosis can be challenging; here are some frequently asked questions to provide clarity on the topic.

What is Dual Diagnosis?

A dual diagnosis, also known as a co-occurring disorder, refers to a situation where an individual simultaneously experiences a mental health disorder and a substance use disorder. This is common, but is a complex condition that requires specialized treatment as both disorders can exacerbate the symptoms of the other.

What is the Best Treatment for Dual Diagnosis?

The best treatment for dual diagnosis is an integrated approach that addresses both the substance use disorder and the mental health disorder concurrently. This typically includes a combination of evidence-based therapies such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), medication management, individual and group counseling, and other supportive therapies. Each individual’s treatment plan should be personalized based on their unique needs.

What is a Dual Diagnosis Treatment Center?

A dual diagnosis treatment center is a specialized facility equipped to treat individuals who have both a substance use disorder and a mental health disorder. These centers have trained professionals who understand the complexities of co-occurring disorders and offer therapies that target both conditions simultaneously.

What is a Dual Diagnosis Treatment Program?

A dual diagnosis treatment program is a structured approach designed to address the unique challenges faced by individuals with both mental health and substance use disorders. It combines detoxification (if necessary), psychiatric care, counseling, medication-assisted treatment, group therapies, and other modalities to ensure holistic recovery.

What is the Difference Between Dual Diagnosis vs Co-Occurring Disorders?

The terms “dual diagnosis” and “co-occurring disorders” are often used interchangeably. Both refer to the presence of a mental health disorder and a substance use disorder in an individual at the same time. However, in broader contexts, “co-occurring disorders” can also imply the simultaneous presence of any two disorders or conditions, not strictly limited to substance use and mental health issues.

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Call us and speak to one of our caring addiction counselors.
Call Today (714) 547-5375


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If you or someone you care about is suffering from the painful grip of addiction to alcohol or drugs, we can help.
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