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Mental Health and Co-Occurring Disorders

A co-occurring disorder, formerly known as dual diagnosis, is the co-existence of one or more mental health disorders alongside substance abuse disorders. The term “dual” in dual diagnosis refers to the two co-occurring disorders, but often individuals may have more than two substance abuse or mental health disorders simultaneously. Because of this, the term “dual diagnosis” was changed to “co-occurring.”

We treat many patients who suffer from mental illness in a residential setting (not all of our patients have addictions). Our programs are designed to promote healing and wellness of the body and the mind.

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What is Co-Occurring Disorders

Despite an estimated one in five people in the United States who are said to be dealing with some form of mental illness in any given year, mental health conditions and their treatment are still widely misunderstood. Akua’s clinical team takes a holistic, integrative approach to treating mental illness by combining traditional and complementary treatment modalities with health-oriented activities, brain-healthy meals, mindfullness and daily physical fitness – to heal the body and the mind.

How does Co-Occurring treatment work?

Simultaneous disorders require more intensive treatment than someone with only one of them. An integrated recovery plan aims to reduce the negative side effects of mental health disorders, including attention problems, depression, and an inability to socialize.

At Akua we utilize residential therapy options, outpatient healing programs, individual therapy, medication treatment, peer support groups, educational and counseling services, holistic remedies, and support in post-rehab.

After Co-Occurring Disorders Treatment

To get started, give us a call. We have treatment facilities, which treat mental illness and co-occurring disorders, which may include addiction. Our mental health programs are designed for people who are serious about getting help. Locations include San Diego, Orange County, Long Beach, and Sacramento.

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Treatment for co-occurring disorders aims at treating both the mental health disorder and the substance abuse disorder with an integrative approach, including:

  • Medical detoxification
  • Psychotherapy
  • Family therapy
  • Social support groups
  • Medications to treat mental health disorders
  • Aftercare treatment

 

The following are psychotherapy approaches used to treat co-occurring disorders:
  • Cognitive behavioral therapy: A therapy that concentrates on patterns of abnormal thinking and distorted beliefs that are the underlying causes for irrational emotions and thought patterns. The key concept of CBT is the idea that thoughts and feelings are directly related to behavior. Therefore, by gaining control of one’s thoughts and emotions, one can better dictate their behavior.
  • Dialectal behavioral therapy: A type of psychotherapy that combines parts of cognitive behavioral therapy with principles of mindfulness. Traditional dialectal behavior therapy focuses on concrete behavioral skills for four domains: emotional regulation, interpersonal effectiveness, distress tolerance, and mindfulness.
  • Interpersonal therapy: Interpersonal therapy focuses on relationships and social skills that may be contributing to psychological problems such as depression, or substance abuse disorders. Interpersonal psychotherapy works to help individuals identify emotions and where they are coming from, allowing the individual express emotions in a healthy manner, and deal with emotional baggage.

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