Mental health and substance use disorders commonly go hand-in-hand, weaving a complex web of symptoms and behaviors. While researchers have not found a clear delineation as to which begins first, they have determined that mental health and substance use disorders influence and feed off of one another, thus requiring specialized services to achieve recovery.
With over five decades of experience at New Bridge Foundation®, our team of experts understands the complex relationship between mental health and substance use disorder. Accordingly, we have developed mental health and addiction treatment strategies to address both disorders simultaneously. If you or a loved one face a dual diagnosis, reach out by calling 866.772.8491 to learn more about how we can develop a treatment program plan that best suits your individual needs.
How Does Mental Health Treatment Work?
Many people who suffer from anxiety and depression and other mental health diagnoses turn to drugs or alcohol to relieve their symptoms. Unfortunately, substance use only exacerbates the struggles and symptoms associated with mental health problems. Although mental health disorders are considered a disease and do not go away without treatment, they are treatable, and those who suffer from them can enjoy life in recovery.
Mental illness symptoms can vary from mildly uncomfortable to moderate to severe and, in many cases, may prevent a person from successfully navigating through life. However, treatment can teach clients how to control their destructive behaviors, get control of their feelings and emotions, and live life to the fullest.
At New Bridge Foundation®, we offer a broad range of evidence-based treatment options that are part of a client’s individualized treatment plan, including:
- Cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT)
- Dialectical-behavioral therapy (DBT) group
- Individual counseling
- Group counseling
- Family education and support
What Is Dual Diagnosis Treatment?
Because of the interconnected nature of mental health and substance use disorders, one cannot be treated without addressing the other. Because mental health and substance use disorders are so tightly woven together, the mental health professionals at New Bridge Foundation® have developed treatment strategies geared to treat the disorders simultaneously. This assists us in giving our clients the tools they need to achieve long-term sobriety and avoid relapse.
The recovery process often begins with detox to rid clients’ bodies of the harmful effects and hold that drugs and alcohol have on them. Understanding the dangers inherent in substance use withdrawal, counselors are available 24/7 to ensure a safe and monitored detoxification process. Also part of the process is the development of a treatment plan to address the client’s needs, both the mental health and addiction issues, and achievable goals are set up.
There is no one-size-fits-all solution as to how to treat a client diagnosed with a co-occurring disorder. While in treatment each client’s specific mental health and addiction challenges are addressed. With this individualized approach, it is possible for clients suffering from co-occurring disorders to begin recovery and maintain sobriety.
Learn More About Dual Diagnosis Treatment in Northern California
Co-occurring mental health disorders can make it more difficult for a person who suffers to seek treatment, and finding the right program can be challenging. However, those with co-occurring disorders can also get better and lead happy, successful lives.
There are many different populations who are more at risk for co-occurring disorders including military personnel, veterans, and those in the LGBTQ+ community. It is well known that depression, anxiety, and PTSD symptoms often lead individuals to self-medication. At New Bridge Foundation®, we take pride in serving active duty military personnel, veterans, and members of the LGBTQ+ community. We help them navigate the struggles they may be facing and assist them on the road to recovery.
If you or a loved one is experiencing symptoms of a mental health and substance use disorder, help is available in Northern California. If you live in the San Francisco Bay Area or anywhere in the United States, reach out to our admissions department online today or call us at 866.772.8491 to learn more about what a dual diagnosis treatment plan can do for you.