Addiction is never simple. Therefore, addiction therapy and treatment should not be simple, either. Sometimes the confounding variables that affect addiction may seem overwhelming. However, Phoenix Rising’s dual diagnosis treatment is here to help.

We want to help you address the underlying issues of your addiction and give you the insight you need to heal.

What Is Dual Diagnosis Treatment?

Dual diagnosis treatment is the practice of addressing any potential co-occurring mental illnesses with addiction. The most common ones we see are trauma, depression, and anxiety. For things like depression and anxiety, things can get confusing because it may not be clear which came first. Did depression lead to addiction, or did addiction exacerbate underlying depression?

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Regardless of which came first, the relationship between the two may be dangerously synergistic. To address one is to address both, which is exactly why you need a highly-trained and specialized staff like ours. We are here to help you break the cycle.

Depression and anxiety are not the only reasons you should consider a dual diagnosis treatment center. As mentioned above, trauma is also a big factor and is one of our specialties. Our trauma-informed care brings a level of understanding and expertise that has transformed many people’s lives. For many people, stopping substance use is the “easy” part. Dealing with the underlying trauma may be the real mountain to climb. We are here to climb that mountain with you.

Common Co-Occurring Mental Health Disorders

There are a few mental illnesses that are commonly found alongside addiction. In many cases, mental illness can be the underlying cause of addiction. That’s why it’s crucial to address mental health and addiction together in a treatment plan. 

Common mental health disorders linked to substance abuse include the following:

  • Attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD): People with ADHD may be at a higher risk of misusing substances as a way to cope with their symptoms. Stimulants given to treat ADHD, like Adderall and Ritalin, also have the potential of being habit-forming and can eventually lead to addiction.
  • Bipolar Disorder: Those with bipolar disorder may be inclined to self-medicate as a means of coping with the disorder. Although drugs and alcohol can provide temporary relief from emotional situations and manic episodes, they can also make these even worse.
  • Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD): People with BPD have trouble controlling their emotions and maintaining relationships. Studies have shown that addiction and BPD often coincide. 
  • Depression: Depression is another mental illness that individuals may find themselves in a position of wanting to self-medicate. However, this will inevitably worsen symptoms.
  • Eating Disorders: People with eating disorders are known to avoid eating or “binge” (eat a large amount of food in a short time) and “purge” (rid their body of said food through vomiting or the use of laxatives) because of poor self-image. Substances that suppress hunger, like stimulants, are especially misused amongst people with eating disorders.
  • Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD): Individuals who struggle with GAD may be more likely to misuse drugs or alcohol than someone without it. For example, benzodiazepines are highly addictive prescription medications used to treat anxiety disorders. As a result, those with GAD commonly abuse them, which can lead to severe addiction. 
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD): Individuals struggling with PTSD may turn to drugs or alcohol as a way to cope with symptoms of trauma. These experiences usually stem from childhood abuse, military combat, or a severe accident. The brain of a person with PTSD produces fewer endorphins than in a healthy brain. According to the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs, about 75 percent of soldiers and veterans who experience a traumatic or violent event during combat report repetitive alcohol abuse.

Services We Offer At Our Dual Diagnosis Treatment Center in California

Our dual diagnosis treatment center in California offers many different forms of therapy for recovering individuals. Therapy is a key component in dual diagnosis treatment

Therapy targets the underlying issues that cause addiction. Through consistent sessions with a therapist, our members will develop healthy coping mechanisms and skills.

Each member of our dual diagnosis treatment center in California will receive a personalized treatment plan with a unique combination of evidence-based therapies. Below is a handful of the many therapies that we offer:

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)

Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) is centered around actions and cognition, or knowledge. The main focus of CBT is the connection between thoughts, feelings, and behaviors.

During a CBT session, a therapist will help you work through the negative thoughts, feelings, and behaviors associated with your addiction. 

Together, you’ll unravel cognitive distortions that led to toxic habits in your life. The goal of CBT is to develop healthier thought patterns and a toolkit of skills you can use long after treatment ends.

Motivational Interviewing (MI)

Motivational interviewing (MI) is a form of therapy used to motivate the individual in changing toxic behavior. It’s a patient-centered model of counseling, and it generally follows these steps: 

  • Engaging: Discussing issues, concerns, hopes, and establishing a foundation of trust with the recovering individual.
  • Focusing: Recognizing the patterns and habits the individual wants to change the most.
  • Evoking: Encouraging the individual by increasing the sense of the importance of change.
  • Planning: Creating a set of realistic steps that the recovering individual can take to work through their toxic thoughts and behavior.

Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)

Dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) is a method of CBT used at our dual diagnosis treatment center in California. DBT treats mental health disorders such as depression, bipolar disorder, PTSD, anxiety-related disorders, and eating disorders. 

DBT incorporates:

  • Group therapy centered around building skills
  • Individual therapy focused on past traumas and current triggers
  • Phone coaching consisted of treatment interventions between sessions

Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy (REBT)

Rational emotive behavior therapy (REBT) is another type of cognitive behavioral therapy. REBT focuses on changing an individual’s irrational beliefs. Addressing and working through irrational beliefs starts with self-awareness.

REBT helps recovering individuals actively address these beliefs and replace them with rational ones. The goal of these beliefs is to positively impact the individual’s emotional, behavioral, and thoughtful responses. 

Family Therapy

At our dual diagnosis treatment center in California, family therapy is all about improving the family dynamic. The loved ones of an individual’s life come together to discuss their thoughts and feelings.

Addiction and mental illness can wreak havoc in someone’s life. It can cause a lot of pain, both inside and out. Through family therapy, you can rebuild relationships significantly improve communication.

Group Therapy

Our dual diagnosis treatment center in California puts a huge emphasis on group therapy. You must understand that you are not alone in your struggles. Many people can relate to your pain. 

Group therapy is all about giving and getting support. It provides a safe and encouraging environment where individuals can openly share their thoughts and feelings. This dynamic helps create a support system for everyone involved.

What Sets Phoenix Rising Apart?

Phoenix Rising has several unique programs and amenities that make it a high-quality dual diagnosis treatment center. Here some of our more popular ones.

  • Location: We are located on a secluded ranch in scenic Palm Springs, California, and  this offers many benefits. The remoteness offers you a chance to get in touch with nature and leave your everyday routines behind. The ranch itself allows us to have horses on-site for equine therapy as well. This unique therapy can help instill confidence, accountability, and responsibility in our clients.
  • Long-Term Stay Options: One fear some people have regarding rehab centers is that their treatment will end before they’re ready to leave. At Phoenix Rising, we understand that everyone heals at their own pace. Not only is our long term program a full 90 days, but we let any of our clients stay longer. We have had clients stay for upwards of one year! 
  • Holistic Treatment: Phoenix Rising prides itself on showing you how to heal your mind, body, and spirit through balance and wellness. We offer physical fitness, a diverse array of therapies, and spiritual treatment such as yoga and meditation. By putting your restoration completely in your own hands, we can help you maintain that control after you leave.
  • Aftercare: Our support for you does not end after you complete one of our programs. We offer many services to our alumni to help keep them sober and healthy. These include support groups, professional development programs, and sober living housing to help ensure your recovery is long-lasting.

We’re Waiting for You at Our Dual Diagnosis Center in California

Along with dual diagnosis treatment, Phoenix Rising offers several other levels of care to help you begin your recovery journey. Some of these services include:

Phoenix Rising’s dual diagnosis treatment center is located in beautiful Palm Springs, California. Our wide range of services and dedicated addiction specialists will help you begin your journey to recovery today. 

We understand that you may feel overwhelmed in taking that first step in seeking help. However, we assure you that you have our support from the moment you call us all the way through treatment. 

Our goal is to show you the potential that’s hidden underneath mental illness and addiction. If you or a loved one is suffering from addiction, don’t wait to get help until it’s too late. Contact us today!