Mental health and substance use disorders are closely linked. According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), it is prevalent for individuals in treatment to experience a co-occurring disorder, which refers to the simultaneous presence of a mental illness and a substance use disorder. Research shows that almost half of all residents seeking treatment for substance use also have a diagnosable co-occurring psychiatric disorder.
When these residents enter treatment for addiction, however, their mental health problems aren’t always addressed. This significantly lowers their chances of success. Without proper treatment, bipolar disorder, depression and other psychiatric concerns can spiral and lead to situations that may be life-threatening. This is especially true in the case of dual-diagnosis residents, who often use drugs or alcohol as a form of self-medication.
When individuals use illicit substances to ease the distress caused by mental disorders, it creates a dangerous cycle that leads to increased drug or alcohol use and worsening symptoms. If dual-diagnosis residents begin recovery at a facility that ignores mental health, sobriety is difficult to sustain because psychiatric symptoms will still persist once discharged.
How Alta Loma is Different…
At Alta Loma, we recognize that to give our residents a better outcome, substance use and mental health disorders must be treated concurrently. Only 18 percent of treatment programs for addiction are equipped to handle mental illness, and even fewer psychiatric facilities treat addiction. Our goal is to change this and bridge the gap that has formed between mental health and substance abuse treatment.
We offer integrative treatment from a collaborative group of healthcare providers that addresses two or more interwoven, connected disorders in a structured environment to help our residents discover a sense of balance and cohesiveness. Our continuum of care supports and guides residents as they move toward stability and integrate back into society. The levels of care we offer include:
At Alta Loma, we help residents dig deep into their mental health and substance use disorders and develop coping techniques for symptoms and triggers. Residents also learn life skills, medication management and healthy habits to prepare for continued success after treatment. Our goal is to help our residents manage their mental health and empower them to achieve the balanced, healthy life they deserve.