At Alta Loma, we treat men of all ages with substance abuse disorders and co-occurring mental or psychiatric issues. Addiction affects individuals from all walks of life, but men with a psychiatric condition intertwined with substance use have distinctive needs and challenges when entering treatment. Transitional periods in early recovery after completing residential psychiatric and substance use treatment are especially difficult due to the levels of stress and uncertainty they can evoke.

Alta Loma acts as an effective alternative to more traditional extended care programs, providing men with a stable, structured environment and the support they need to improve their chances of success. Our experienced, licensed clinicians collaborate and work together for comprehensive treatment that addresses a wide scope of interrelated mental health and substance use disorders. Each resident receives coordinated care that ensures a coherent, consistent treatment plan to address both conditions 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. Addiction and psychiatric issues 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 making 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 by unique challenges in recovery and may have a more difficult time achieving sobriety in traditional programs that don’t address co-occurring disorders, such as:

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Schizoaffective disorder
  • PTSD
  • Bipolar disorder
  • Schizophrenia
  • Avoidant personality disorder

Research shows a high prevalence of co-occurring disorders in the United States, affecting nearly half of all residents 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 residents 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 a resident’s likelihood of success in treatment.

Comprehensive, Individualized Care

At Alta Loma, we bridge the gap between mental illness and substance abuse by treating the full scope of a dual diagnosis, ensuring residents progress and thrive in a recovery environment. We offer Integrated Mental Health and Substance Abuse Treatment to help those who have had limited success in traditional treatment settings by providing them with the comprehensive care they need to succeed. The residential treatment programs at Alta Loma are designed to address substance use and mental illness together, focusing on how they relate and interact. We help residents explore the roots of their addiction and how it is affected by mental health concerns. 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.

Each resident will be thoroughly assessed by a licensed mental health provider and addiction specialist to identify their primary mental health needs and how this relates to their substance use. We understand the importance of stabilizing mental health conditions so residents can focus on achieving sustainable, long-term recovery and actively work toward a life without drugs or alcohol. No path to sobriety is the same and 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.