At Alta Loma, we treat men of all ages with mental health or psychiatric issues, and co-occurring substance use disorders. We know that mental illness affects individuals from all walks of life, but it isn’t a topic that is openly discussed due to fear, uncertainty and stigma. Our goal is to break the silence and provide high-quality care that meets the distinctive needs and challenges of men seeking treatment for mental and emotional turmoil, especially during the early and transitional periods of recovery.

Some of the common diagnoses that we treat include:

  • Bipolar disorder
  • Schizophrenia
  • Schizoaffective disorder
  • Anxiety disorders
  • Depression
  • PTSD
  • Avoidant personality disorder
  • Borderline personality disorder
  • Co-occurring substance use disorders

Alta Loma acts as an effective alternative to more traditional treatment programs, providing men with a stable, structured environment and the support they need to improve their chances of long-term success. Our experienced, licensed clinicians specialize in mood and thought disorders and collaborate to provide a coherent, consistent treatment plan throughout each stage of recovery. Each resident receives comprehensive care that addresses the whole person for a higher level of success both during and after recovery.

Dual Diagnosis Treatment

Mental health and substance abuse are closely linked, and a dual diagnosis is when someone experiences both simultaneously. Psychiatric conditions and addiction share many common risk factors and the presence of mental illness often indicates a higher risk of developing a substance use disorder, or vice versa.

Also referred to as co-occurring disorders, those with a mental illness may use drugs or alcohol in an effort to self-medicate and alleviate their symptoms. More often than not, illicit substances exacerbate mental health concerns such as anxiety and depression, leading to a negative cycle of worsening symptoms and increased substance use. Furthermore, long-term substance use can permanently alter your brain chemistry and make it difficult to feel happiness or pleasure, regulate your emotions, or think clearly without drugs or alcohol. As a result, men with a dual diagnosis are confronted with unique challenges in recovery and may have a more difficult time achieving sobriety in traditional programs that don’t address their mental health needs.

Research shows a high prevalence of co-occurring disorders in the United States, affecting nearly half of those seeking treatment for drug and alcohol addiction. Men are particularly affected, comprising the majority of individuals experiencing mental health and substance disorders at the same time. Unfortunately, more than 50 percent of individuals with a dual diagnosis don’t receive proper medical or psychiatric treatment. Neglecting to address co-occurring disorders is a roadblock to recovery that negatively impacts the likelihood of success in treatment.

Comprehensive, Individualized Care

At Alta Loma, we’re raising the bar in psychiatric treatment by addressing the full scope of our residents’ emotional and mental health needs at every stage of recovery. We offer Integrated Mental Health Treatment in a therapeutic environment to help those who have had limited success in a traditional treatment setting, providing them with the comprehensive care they need to succeed. Our primary treatment programs focus on addressing mental illness and the difficulties that come with it, including conflict, behavioral problems and substance abuse, emphasizing how they relate and interact. We help residents explore the roots of their mental health challenges and how it has affected their lives. Residents will learn how to identify and recognize harmful behaviors, develop appropriate life skills and coping strategies, and establish healthy habits that will prepare them for an independent life beyond recovery.

To better understand the men in our care, each resident will be thoroughly assessed by a licensed mental health provider to identify their primary mental health needs and any co-occurring disorders, including addiction. We understand the importance of stabilizing mental health conditions quickly so residents can focus on achieving sustainable, long-term recovery and actively work toward a life with balance, hope and healing. No path to recovery is the same, so our staff is committed to providing consistent, customized care that addresses the unique needs and experiences of each resident.

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Healing on Your Terms

You understand your needs best. If you have found yourself at a crossroads in your treatment and feel like your program options don’t fully understand you or aspects of your recovery, it’s time to contact the specialists at Alta Loma. We will help you craft the ideal care plan and secure the support you need, quickly, to avoid unnecessary problems. At Alta Loma, that’s our mission — to provide each individual with optimum care for the wellbeing they deserve.