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Dual Diagnosis

We offer individualized treatment for people seeking comprehensive services that encompass co-occurring disorders and addiction. Authentic Recovery Center (“ARC”) is a full spectrum Dual Diagnosis drug and alcohol treatment center located in West Los Angeles specializing in treatment of individuals suffering from co-occurring disorders. Each program offered at our facility is focused on not only addressing the addiction component, but the underlying psychological disorders that may exacerbate one’s addiction to drugs and alcohol. Authentic Recovery Center’s view on addiction treatment and dual diagnosis is unique, and includes a piecemeal approach that is broken down into five separate programs: Medically Managed Detox, Residential Treatment, Continuing Care, Intensive Outpatient and Aftercare, with each phase of treatment carefully calibrated to address both the general and specific needs of each client.

Defining Dual Diagnosis In Drug And Alcohol Treatment Centers

Dual Diagnosis can simply be described as an individual who has a co-occurring mental illness and a problem with drug addiction and/or alcoholism. The relationship between mental illness and drug abuse is not only unfortunately common, but also drastically more complex to treat than either condition by itself. Many individuals with mental illness use drugs and alcohol as a way to self medicate, and just as common many individuals who abuse drugs and alcohol also display various characteristics of mental illness.

The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) suggests that Dual Diagnosis is much more prevalent than initially thought. Recent studies show that almost 30% of all individuals showings signs of mental illness have also displayed alcoholic and addictive tendencies. That number jumps to almost 50% for individuals suffering with more severe mental illnesses like bipolar and schizophrenia. On the contrary up to 50% of drug addicts and alcoholics are also struggling with a mental illness.

There is NO situation that drugs and alcohol cannot make worse. Individuals struggling with a co-occurring disorder have two separate maladies that must be treated at the same time in order to attain permanent sobriety. If an addict is able to attain some sobriety, yet not able to treat their underlying mental illness, that same mental illness can cause a relapse later down the road. Conversely, that very mental illness is nearly impossible to treat without the individual first being removed from drugs and alcohol and their negative patterns of abuse.

Treating Dual Diagnosis Within Drug And Alcohol Rehabs

Treating individuals with the distinct needs of mental illness while addressing the complexity of substance abuse is a complicated process as previously noted. Most important is making sure the individual is safe. Removing an addict and alcoholic from their pattern of abuse is not only scary but can be dangerous, regardless of any co-occurring disorders. The very first step in anybody’s recovery is stopping his or her substance abuse. Depending on the frequency and amount of their drug and alcohol abuse this can lead to various levels of withdrawal.

Medically Managed Detox
When an individual has been regularly abusing drugs and alcohol their body becomes physically dependent on whatever they are putting in it. Abruptly stopping the intake of their substance of choice can lead to medical emergencies that may need hospitalization. Los Angeles is home to many drug and alcohol treatment centers. At ARC we offer a Medically Managed Detox to counter any symptoms that may occur during those dangerous first days of recovery. Each individual is assigned a doctor, a therapist, a case manager, and is under the care of our trained staff 24 hours a day should any emergency present itself. We believe that drug and alcohol rehab should be a personalized, individual experience tailored to the specific needs that are presented by the person.

Residential Treatment
Following detox, we strongly encourage all individuals to enter our Residential Treatment program. After the initial detox period has concluded, our Residential Treatment program allows for the individual to adjust to this new way of life and work through their recovery in the safety of a therapeutic environment. We provide the newly sober with a slew of therapeutic, psychiatric, and peer oriented options to help bolster the chances of developing long-term recovery. There are numerous studies that support the benefit of appropriate psychiatric treatment coupled with one-on-one therapy in treating co-occurring disorders.

Continuing Care And Intensive Outpatient
After Residential Treatment most individuals enter a long-term treatment setting such as our Continuing Care program. Some individuals opt to return home, or enter into a sober living and attend groups at our Intensive Outpatient. Both options provide an added safety net during the notoriously difficult transition from a structured environment, to the real world.

How To Help A Family Member In Dual Diagnosis Drug And Alcohol Rehab

Families, friends and loved ones can be an addict’s and/or an alcoholic’s best tool in attaining permanent sobriety after leaving any drug alcohol treatment center. These people can support their loved one without judgment of their mental illness OR their addiction. With the support from ARC, the proper medical treatment and effective psychosocial treatments, many people with Dual Diagnosis and co-occurring disorders will be able to actively participate in their journey towards permanent recovery. ARC offers a strong family program for loved ones who have been impacted by the behaviors surrounding drug and alcohol consumption. These services begin the process of resolution for those affected by negative drinking patterns and serve as the stepping stone towards the healing of inter-personal relationships.
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