Mental health diagnoses are on the rise. As more people are opening up about these issues in public, some of the stigmas that surround the topic seem to be lifting. Somehow, access to care hasn’t caught up. A recent NYU study found that services for many people suffering from mental health disorders are dwindling, making it difficult to receive professional help. Despite strong demand and growing awareness about the importance of mental health, the decline in treatment options is felt across the country. For those with more than one diagnosis, receiving proper care may be even more difficult.

Alta Loma in Georgetown, Texas, is a transformational services center that seeks to give men suffering from mental health disorders and addiction a place where they can find stability and begin to heal. We provide mental health and substance abuse treatment for two or more interwoven conditions to help men who may not have been successful in more traditional extended-care facilities. Our goal is to offer the kind of comprehensive care that our residents need to achieve psychological stability and elicit hope for a positive change.

Understanding Mental Health Disorders

Mental health concerns and psychiatric disorders are chronic, long-term conditions that affect numerous aspects of an individual’s life, including thoughts, feelings, moods, behavioral patterns and relationships with others. Many people with mental illness find it difficult to cope with the responsibilities, demands and stresses of daily life. This is especially true if mental health issues are left untreated.

Unfortunately, this is all too common. Despite their prevalence, mental health disorders are frequently misdiagnosed or not properly addressed. According to the National Alliance on Mental Health, one in every five adults (46 million) in the U.S. experiences mental illness, but only 41 percent receives treatment. Of these individuals, about 10 million have a co-occurring substance use disorder as well. Known as a dual diagnosis, less than 50 percent of those with substance use and mental health disorders receive treatment for either. Although we understand psychiatric issues more than ever due to advances in psychology, medicine and technology, there are still barriers that prevent many from receiving the treatment they need. Social stigmas, lack of access to care, inadequate insurance coverage and misinformation can make it difficult for many to seek help.

Alta Loma in Georgetown, Texas, is dedicated to changing that. As a transformational services facility, our mission is to help men struggling with addiction and co-occurring mental health disorders find the life-changing help they need. We provide men with a dual diagnosis an environment in which they can heal mentally, physically and emotionally so they can take steps towards long-term sobriety and independent living. We treat a variety of co-occurring mental health disorders, including:

  • Depression
  • Bipolar disorder (1 and 2)
  • Anxiety
  • Avoidant personality disorder
  • Schizophrenia
  • Schizoaffective disorder

At Alta Loma, we understand that mental illness is a serious, chronic condition that negatively affects all aspects of an individual’s life when ignored or not appropriately treated. Throughout a resident’s stay at Alta Loma, they will have their psychiatric needs regularly assessed by licensed mental health providers in addition to meeting with clinicians who specialize in addiction medicine. A long-term treatment plan addresses these needs and integrates both mental health and substance use modalities to help residents recognize how their disorders relate and learn better ways to manage their symptoms as well as the stresses of everyday life.

Coordinated Treatment for Co-Occurring Disorders

Mental health and substance use disorders are closely linked. 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 concerns aren’t always addressed. This significantly lowers their chances of success. Without proper treatment, depression, anxiety and other psychiatric issues 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 health concerns, 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.

At Alta Loma, we recognize that to give our residents a better outcome, mental health and substance use 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 health care 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:

  • Initial stabilization coordination
  • Residential care
  • Extended care
  • Sober living

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 a balanced, healthy life free of substance use.

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Healing on Your Terms

Alta Loma provides numerous tools and techniques for helping men from all walks of life take back control of their lives. Treatment plans are highly individualized and residents are supported throughout the entire process. If you or someone you care about hasn’t been successful at other treatment centers that failed to address your need for mental health, Alta Loma could mean the difference between relapsing and long-term recovery. Contact or call our friendly representatives today at 866.457.3843 to find out what Alta Loma can do for you.