For individuals with mental health and substance use disorders, residential treatment has proven one of the most effective approaches for restoring the structure and stability needed to pursue long-term recovery. Constant access to medical professionals, addiction specialists and a supportive community can go a long way in rebuilding your confidence and establishing healthy habits. There are countless recovery programs out there, but to truly achieve long-term sobriety, it’s essential to find a facility that resonates with you. At Alta Loma, we specifically focus on men with co-occurring disorders who may not have been successful in a traditional treatment setting. Our goal is to guide dual diagnosis patients through the recovery process and help them transition back into independent living. Our facility in Georgetown, Texas, is just the place to help men with mental health and substance disorders find the stability they need to discover a life without drugs or alcohol.

Care that Encompasses the Whole Condition

A study by the National Institute on Drug Abuse found that more than half of those seeking treatment for drug or alcohol use also have a diagnosable co-occurring mental health disorder. Experts now know that substance use and mental health are closely related. They share many common risk factors and as a result, those that are prone to psychiatric disorders are also more likely to be affected by substance use. An individual with depression, for example, may use drugs or alcohol to ease their symptoms and feel better. This usually makes things worse as over time, the underlying mental health disorder goes untreated and chemical dependency may develop. An individual that self-medicates in this way often exacerbates their psychiatric disorder and becomes reliant on harmful coping methods. Conversely, someone struggling with methamphetamine use may develop depression or anxiety as a direct result of the drug’s effect on their brain chemistry, behavior and lifestyle.

Despite the prevalence of co-occurring disorders, the majority of treatment facilities only concentrate on either mental health or substance use. At Alta Loma, we understand that neglecting to treat psychiatric concerns in dual diagnosis patients is a significant barrier to sustainable, long-term recovery. Mental health and substance use are not only intertwined, but they tend to influence and interact with one another. If a dual diagnosis patient enters treatment at a facility that focuses solely on their substance use, their odds of relapsing and falling back into old patterns is greatly increased once discharged. They might feel supported and cared for while in recovery, but once they transition back to independent living the symptoms of their untreated mental health disorder will resurface. Because their psychiatric concerns were not addressed in treatment, they are likely to resume self-medicating and relying on unhealthy coping methods.

The cornerstone of the treatment offered at Alta Loma rests on the belief that every resident deserves comprehensive care dedicated to the goal of long-term recovery. You deserve a program that not only addresses your substance use but will also peel back the layers and treat any underlying mental health concerns as well. To truly recover, we understand that it’s essential to treat each individual as a whole, rather than a collection of symptoms.

Structure and Stability at Alta Loma

Residential treatment programs are one of the most widely used formats in addiction recovery due to their effectiveness and highly focused care. These recovery environments provide dual diagnosis patients with much-needed structure and stability to help them concentrate on healing with the guidance and support they need to be successful. Living in a treatment facility with medical care available for consult helps to remove many of the roadblocks and distractions that can interfere with the recovery process. At Alta Loma, we ensure that patients have the time they need to form new relationships, develop healthy habits and prepare for their transition back to independent living.

When a patient becomes a part of the Alta Loma community, they will begin their transformative journey in our residential care program. Our intimate, 6-bed residential treatment facility is staffed with a medical team available around the clock to ensure that each resident receives the attention they deserve. Early in treatment an assessment is made by a licensed psychiatrist to better understand a patient’s mental health needs and determine an appropriate level of care. Residents will also meet with a licensed clinician to address their psychiatric related issues. These professionals collaborate to develop a customized, long-term treatment plan and introduce strategies for healthy living. To ensure that a wide scope of patients with various psychiatric and mental health concerns receive the care they need, we employ a variety of methods within a flexible, individualized recovery program.

  • Residency up to 24 months
  • Full psychiatric assessments
  • Individual therapy and counseling
  • Life and coping skills education
  • Establish healthy habits
  • Medication management
  • 12-step program
  • Art therapy
  • Structure and stability
  • Employment and volunteer opportunities
  • Family treatment
  • Long-term continuum of care

Complete recovery for dual diagnosis patients takes time, effort and commitment, but it is possible. At Alta Loma, we understand the unique challenges in treating dual diagnosis patients and provide coordinated, comprehensive and integrated to treat all aspects of an individual’s condition.

A Day in the Life of an Alta Loma Resident

At Alta Loma, we recognize that everyone has a different story and their own unique strengths and weaknesses. Our mission is to provide men from all walks of life with a place where they can heal mentally and emotionally. To help our residents take steps toward independent living, we offer a continuum of care designed to ensure cohesiveness and stability throughout the recovery process. Our programs are structured without being rigid and utilize a phase system that allows patients to recover at their own pace. The daily experiences of each individual will vary depending on which phase of the program they are in.

  • Each day begins with residents waking up at 8 a.m. on weekdays and 8:30 a.m. on weekends. Throughout the day, there will be various chores that need to be completed and residents are responsible for keeping the house tidy.
  • Our residential treatment program has scheduled meetings, activities and outings that each patient participates in while actively working on their own individual recovery plans. There will be assignments from therapists and residents are expected to acknowledge input from staff and peers.
  • Two groups are offered each day, one focusing on the 12-steps and the other on life skills. Additional outside meetings are scheduled four times a week in the evenings.
  • On Tuesday, we organize dinner and a movie and residents decide on an outing for Thursday afternoons. Residents will have a lot of free time to relax, socialize and participate in work or volunteer opportunities but will be expected to maintain consistent self-initiative in managing personal responsibilities.
  • Weekly visitations are on Sundays and depending on which phase a resident is in, they may have the ability to go offsite with visitors using passes.

As a patient completes the action items of each phase and demonstrates a commitment to recovery, they will be allowed more freedom within the program. Our ultimate goal is to prepare individuals for transitioning into less restrictive levels of care and eventually sustainable, independent living.

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Healing on Your Terms

Mental illness and substance use disorders are stigmatized despite their prevalence. This can make it difficult for some to admit they need help and seek appropriate treatment. At Alta Loma, we acknowledge the strength required to take those first steps towards recovery. We know that you are more than your disorder and work to give you the tools you need to begin healing. Our facility provides residents with a comfortable, structured environment where they can find the stability and balance they need to be successful. If you or someone you care about is struggling with substance abuse and mental health disorders, contact or call Alta Loma Transformational Services in Georgetown, Texas, at 866.457.3843 today to find out how our comprehensive programs can help.