Addiction is rarely the only issue facing our clients and is often just a symptom related to underlying mental conditions such as depression and/or bipolar disorder. A person with co-occurring disorders has two separate illnesses, and each illness needs its own individualized treatment plan.We treat both the addictive disorder and underlying mental health disorder to guide the client fully through the recovery process.
Substance abuse (drug and/or alcohol dependence) and a mental disturbance such as (depression, anxiety disorder, etc.) qualifies the person as a dual diagnosis client. Dual diagnosis is not rare, in fact it is common for an individual to struggle with both addiction and a mental illness. Dual diagnosis treatment is a specialized option not all facilities offer.
A proven therapy technique we use for dual diagnosis is Cognitive Behavior Therapy, or CBT. Our compassionate, highly trained staff also provides psychiatric evaluation, group and individual therapy,and confidence-boosting social activities, providing healing and renewal. This integrated approach leads to successful long-term sobriety and a return to a fulfilling, purposeful life for our clients.
• Using substances under dangerous conditions
• Withdrawal from friends and family
• Sudden changes in behavior
• Engaging in risky behaviors when drunk or high
• Loss of control over use of substances
• Doing things you wouldn’t normally do to maintain your habit
• Developing tolerance and withdrawal symptoms
• Feeling like you need the drug to be able to function
1. Visit our Blog: Dual Diagnosis Rehab
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3. Buckley, Peter F. “Dual Diagnosis of Substance Abuse and Severe Mental Illness: The Scope of the Problem.” Journal of Dual Diagnosis 3.2 (2007): 59-62. Web.
The combination of mental illness and substance abuse is so common that many clinicians expect addiction to coincide with mental disorders. Studies show that 50% of persons with mental illness also have a substance abuse problem. And, more than half the persons with a substance abuse diagnosis have a diagnosable mental illness.
My cousin’s life was spiraling out of control when we noticed his drug use. He went to several rehabs in a short period of time, but unfortunately none of them seemed to work. A friend of ours recommended Ventura Recovery Center, and we thought we might as well give it a try. Happy to say he is now over a year clean and sober and we owe VRC a huge thank you for saving his life and for the huge support they provided.
Sam M. Los Angeles, CA
Our passion at VRC is to give active adults the tools to regain life from the grips of drug and alcohol addiction. We are located in Thousand Oaks, which is in the Los Angeles area. We serve clients from the southern California region; Los Angeles, Ventura and Orange Counties as well as all around the country.