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Dual Diagnosis and Co-Occurring Disorders: What We Treat at Alta Mira

As a person struggling with addiction, it is likely that you have a co-occurring disorder (also referred to as dual diagnosis) complicating your life and causing you additional suffering. In fact, it is possible that part of the reason you are turning to drugs and alcohol is to help you deal with the pain of the mental health issues with which you are dealing.

At Alta Mira, we are experts at treating the complex combination of addiction and underlying mental health issues that plague so many of our clients. With a clinical program based on evidence-based practices and 12-step wisdom, we have built the premiere program in the country for expertly assessing, diagnosing and treating a wide range of psychiatric, emotional and mental health issues, including:

  • Mood disorders
  • Anxiety disorders
  • Personality Disorders
  • Trauma and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Thought Disorders
  • Codependency
  • ADHD
  • Grief and Loss
  • Self-Harm and Suicide Ideation
  • Panic Disorders

Hope Returns with an Accurate Diagnosis

While some of our clients are new to recovery, many come to Alta Mira frustrated by previous attempts at sobriety, feeling hopeless and unmotivated to try again. If you are in this situation, please call us to find out about our neuropsychological testing and assessment program. Many of our clients have been in therapy and residential treatment previously without experiencing significant relief. Many have even been through diagnostic testing elsewhere and have been treated for their diagnosed mental health issues.  However, very few of our clients, even those who have invested significantly in their recovery and mental health, have had access to the level of diagnostic sophistication we offer at Alta Mira.

Comprehensive testing and evaluation by leading addiction and dual diagnosis experts can offer you the hope and clear direction that your recovery needs.

Medication Management that Works for You

A majority of our clients come to Alta Mira with a substantial history of medications intended to treat the co-occurring disorders with which they are suffering. Many are frustrated with the side effects of their medications, feel disappointed by their mixed results, and would love the opportunity to reduce their dependence on medication while finding a regimen that offers relief. Medication compliance is important for clients who are dually diagnosed. The biggest risk of relapse for those who are dual diagnosis is non-compliance with psychiatric medications.

A residential stay at Alta Mira is the perfect opportunity to develop or fine-tune a medication strategy that will work for you. With drugs and alcohol cleansed from your system, our psychiatrist, addiction physician, neuropsychologist, detox specialists, and therapists can collaborate on a medication plan (based on an accurate diagnosis of you in a sober state) that supports your recovery work and offers you real relief.

Treatment Modalities

Our clinical program is among the most sophisticated you will find in a residential treatment setting. Developed by leading addiction and dual diagnosis experts, we offer an intensive therapeutic program of evidence-based practices, complemented by holistic and experiential therapies known to facilitate healing and recovery, including:

  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
  • Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)
  • Motivational Interviewing (MI)
  • Mindfulness-Based Relapse Prevention (MBRP)

Our Caring Staff of Experts
We have assembled a team of treatment experts who are prepared to offer you—with genuine compassion and kindness—the most advanced treatment available for addiction and co-occurring disorders. Our consulting physicians and psychiatrists (certified by the American Society of Addiction Medicine), psychologists, and counselors have specialized training and experience in handling even the most complex co-occurring disorders.