At Alta Loma, we recognize the important role that a structured environment can have for individuals recovering from mental illness or addiction. When someone is struggling with their mental or emotional health, they often try to cope with unhealthy habits or behaviors that are rooted deeply in the brain, changing the way they think and feel. As a result, many people with mental health or substance use disorders get trapped in unstable, chaotic environments. The very act of removing oneself from these kinds of situations is a big step toward healing, but ongoing structure and stability are necessary to begin the hard work of real recovery.
This is especially true with dual diagnosis residents. Mental health concerns can cause turmoil in the mind, and substance use further complicates the situation. For many residents, this means it’s more difficult to get help for either disorder, especially at treatment centers that only address either mental health or addiction.
The structure in our continuum of care is deliberate, aimed at helping residents with both psychiatric and substance use disorders get back on track and replace their old, harmful habits with healthier ones. A change in scenery can have a significant impact on someone’s thoughts, feelings and overall mindset, and we strive to be the peace and serenity our residents need to start making meaningful progress toward mental wellness.