Alta Loma is an extended care recovery center that specializes in treating a full scope of mental health and substance use disorders in men of all ages. Nearly half of all residents seeking treatment for addiction also have co-occurring psychiatric concerns that too often aren’t properly addressed. If they end up at a recovery center that doesn’t address their mental health, their chances of success are dramatically lower. If residents with a dual diagnosis enter recovery for substance use that doesn’t treat their mental health, they will find it difficult to sustain sobriety as their psychiatric symptoms persist. Treating just one disorder will not improve the other. In fact, untreated mental illness often correlates with substance use, while substance use may increase symptoms or trigger new ones.
We recognize that each resident has different mental health and addiction experiences that have affected them in unique ways. Just as no two people respond to drugs or alcohol in the same way, mental health concerns also affect each of us differently. Some residents may have a chronic, untreated mental health disorder that prompted them to experiment with drugs or alcohol to relieve their symptoms. Others may be trying to block out severe trauma or use drugs to get through one more day. At Alta Loma, residents learn about the role that mental health has in their substance use so they can better understand how to react to future symptoms. By managing both conditions simultaneously, our clinicians provide comprehensive care that treats psychiatric symptoms without drugs or alcohol so residents can learn about the role that mental health has in their substance use and move forward to focus on achieving sustainable, long-term sobriety.