What Does It Mean to Have A Dual Diagnosis? 
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What Does It Mean to Have A Dual Diagnosis? 


A dual diagnosis, which is also referred to as a co-occurring disorder, is when someone is struggling with both addiction and a mental health issue such as depression, anxiety, PTSD or bipolar disorder. In fact, people often develop a substance abuse problem because they’re trying to self-medicate the symptoms of their mental illness. It is incredibly common in people who struggle with substance use disorder. According to a study by NSDUH, 45 percent of people who identify as addicts also have a dual diagnosis. Even more staggering was a 2016 survey that revealed, less than seven percent of adults with co-occurring disorders ever receive treatment.

Recognizing The Relationship Between Addiction and Mental Illness

With the opioid crisis, the correlation between addiction and mental health has become more relevant than ever. Little by little, the stigma of having an addiction and seeking treatment is starting to fade. Treatment facilities all over the world have turned their focus to include dual diagnosis support as well. One such place is , a private, luxury residential treatment facility located shoreside in Southern California’s rehab mecca of Malibu. It not only offers dual diagnosis programming, but specializes in it.

Offering comprehensive dual diagnosis treatment means not only addressing the addiction, but also providing thorough and caring mental health services that identify the underlying cause. The treatment team at Oceanside Malibu, which consists of Master’s-level therapists, addiction specialists and psychiatrists, create individualized treatment plans that zero in on each client’s specific needs. Medication management, which is sometimes a necessary component of treating a dual diagnosis client, is facilitated in a safe, supervised environment so both the doctor and the client can determine what medicine (or combinations of medicines) is most effective. During group and individual therapy, clients begin to uncover past traumas and experiences that may have set them down a dangerous path of risky behaviors, and start the healing process under the guidance of an experienced and passionate staff.

Surroundings Built for Healing

Oceanside Malibu clients reside at a beautiful, beachfront home with spacious and comfortable accommodations. While the program is intensive, Oceanside Malibu ensures a serene atmosphere conducive to relaxation and rejuvenation. Amenities such as the in-house chef who prepares exquisite meals, access to a state-of-the-art off-site fitness center, and the HDTVs with fiber optic cable in each of the six bedrooms, all allow individuals the sense of ease and security required to fully immerse themselves in the recovery process.

Clients at Oceanside Malibu can expect to partake in a number of therapeutic, holistic and recreational activities. In addition to developing new life skills and relapse prevention techniques, they also experience equine therapy, salt water therapy, music therapy, massage and yoga. Since the facility is right on the water, they also have the opportunity to reap the healing and calming benefits of the ocean, while learning how to de-stress and refocus their lives.

Oceanside Malibu shows individuals dealing with a dual diagnosis that they are worthy of living their best lives in recovery. The treatment team aims to helps them see that no matter what their situation was before they decided to become sober, no matter how bad things got, there is always time to turn their lives around.

To learn more about the comprehensive dual diagnosis treatment offered at Oceanside Malibu, check out their website. Reach Oceanside Malibu by phone at (747) 239-5244. Find Oceanside Malibu on Facebook and Twitter

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