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Mental Health Treatment Program

A mental disorder is a complex psychological condition that affects a person’s thoughts, feelings and behaviors. 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.

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What are the Different Types of Mental Illness?

The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, fifth edition, by the American Psychiatric Association (DSM-5; APA, 2013), is the taxonomic and diagnostic tool that outlines the various categories of mental illness (e.g., Depressive Disorders, Substance Use and Addictive Disorders, Personality Disorders, Trauma- and Stressor-Related Disorders, Schizophrenia Spectrum and Other Psychotic Disorders, etc.).

Some of the most common mental disorders include:

  • Major depressive disorder
  • Obsessive-compulsive disorder
  • Substance use disorders
  • Anxiety disorders such as generalized anxiety disorder, agoraphobia (fear of public places), panic disorder with and without agoraphobia and specific phobias
  • Bipolar disorder
  • Eating disorders (e.g., anorexia nervosa, binge eating disorder, bulimia nervosa)
  • Schizophrenia and other psychotic disorders
  • Personality and adjustment disorders
  • Posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
  • Depersonalization (feeling outside of one’s body) disorder
  • Derealization (feeling disconnected from reality) disorder


Each type of mental illness is characterized by its own set of distinct symptoms and characteristics, which can vary from person-to-person. For example, anxiety disorders can develop in individuals whose everyday anxiety becomes overwhelming and interferes with a person’s ability to function in his or her daily life. On the other hand, substance use disorders (e.g., alcohol abuse, opioid dependence) are characterized by an inability to stop using drugs or drinking alcohol despite multiple efforts to stop.

The Rising Need for Quality Mental Health TreatmentAs mentioned earlier, mental illness affects 20 percent of Americans in any given year. Although the majority of people who have a mental disorder do not have serious impairments and are able to function normally in their daily lives, nearly 1 in 25 people do have a psychotic, serious mood disorder or another disabling mental health condition that impairs their functioning, according to the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH).

With a growing awareness that substance abuse and other mental disorders are treatable conditions that people can recover from, we’ve seen a rise in the number of people who need and seek treatment for these issues. Despite this being the case, many people continue to face barriers, including treatment cost, lack of insurance coverage and stigma that prevent them from receiving appropriate care.

A Comprehensive Approach to Mental Health TreatmentAKUA’s Primary Mental Health Treatment Program is offered at our residential/inpatient level of care. Our clinical team takes a holistic, integrative approach to treating mental illness and addiction by combining traditional and complementary treatment modalities with health-oriented activities, brain-healthy meals, mindfulness and daily physical fitness to promote healing and wellness of the body and mind.

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What makes AKUA’s Mental Health Program unique?

AKUA is a licensed and Joint Commission accredited behavioral health facility that helps patients overcome mental illness and addiction, which means we go above-and-beyond to provide exemplary care to clients and their families. We have:

A Multidisciplinary Team of Mental Health and Addiction SpecialistsOur multidisciplinary team of masters- and doctoral-level clinicians are specially trained to treat addiction, mental illness and comorbid conditions. Our clinical team consists of:

  • Masters and doctoral-level marriage and family therapists (LMFTs and Associate MFTs)
  • Certified alcohol and drug abuse counselors (CADC-I and CADC-II)
  • Registered Dietitians (RDs)
  • Licensed acupuncturists (Lac)
  • Licensed vocational nurses (LVNs)
  • Emergency medical technicians (EMTs)
  • Licensed music and art therapists
  • Licensed clinical social workers (LCSW)
  • Trauma specialists
  • Case managers

Individualized Treatment Plans for Mental Health IssuesAs different mental disorders have varying characteristics, symptoms and levels of severity, our treatment programs are comprehensive and tailored to meet each client’s specific needs. We carefully assess clients during the admissions process to help us understand the issues ensure that our treatment plans are tailored to meet their specific needs. We identify and address any co-occurring or underlying issues such as substance abuse or trauma at the same time.

Trauma-Informed CareWe recognize that a large percentage of individuals seeking inpatient mental health and addiction treatment have experienced some form of trauma. By building off our clients’ strengths, we create opportunities for them to regain their sense of empowerment and control over their own lives.

Holistic ApproachOur whole-person approach to mental health and addiction treatment focuses on healing the body and mind to help patients achieve wellness and recovery. In addition to our therapeutic programming, we also incorporate continuing care, monitoring and support to patients after they complete treatment to keep them on the right track in their recovery.

Integrative CareThere is no one-size-fits-all treatment plan for clients with mental health issues. Our integrative treatment of addiction and mental illness takes a psychodynamic approach, fusing Eastern traditions with traditional treatments to help promote the healing of the body and mind.

Our integrative inpatient Mental Health Treatment Program fuses Eastern and Western treatment modalities to help clients overcome mental disorders. Our Mental Health Treatment includes the following therapeutic modalities and services:

  • Individual psychodynamic therapy
  • Group therapy
  • Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT)
  • Dialectical behavior therapy (DBT)
  • Family support and guidance
  • Medication management
  • Mindfulness-based relapse prevention
  • Art and music therapy
  • Life-purpose coaching
  • Psychoeducation
  • Trauma-focused therapy
  • Brain-healthy meals and meal planning
  • Yoga, meditation, reiki and mindfulness
  • Self-help groups (e.g., Alcoholics Anonymous)
  • 12-step alternatives (e.g., SMART Recovery)
  • Outdoor activities
  • Case management
  • Continuing care or aftercare

Integrative Treatment Modalities & ServicesOur whole-person approach to mental health and addiction treatment focuses on healing the body and mind to help patients achieve wellness and recovery. In addition to our therapeutic programming, we also incorporate continuing care, monitoring and support to patients after they complete treatment to keep them on the right track.

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About AKUA Mind & Body

AKUA Mind & Body is a behavioral health treatment facility located in Northern and Southern California. We offer comprehensive, gender-specific programs to individuals who have mental health issues, including depression, anxiety disorders, bipolar disorder, substance use disorders and dual diagnoses.

At AKUA Mind & Body, we’re here to help. Our Mental Health inpatient Program is gender-specific and located in a serene and rejuvenating environment to help men and women recover from substance abuse and mental health issues.

For more information about the Mental Health treatment Program at AKUA Mind & Body, please contact our 24/7 Helpline to speak to a member of our Admissions team.