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David Smith, M.D. on the connection between addiction and the brain.

What We Treat

At Alta Mira, we treat a wide spectrum of alcohol and drug addictions, process addictions such as gambling, sex and Internet gaming, and co-occurring disorders. We also serve at-risk individuals whose substance abuse threatens to escalate into full blown addiction.

Our core areas of clinical expertise include:

    • Alcoholism

      Alcoholism has deep physical and psychological roots; it is a pervasive disease that destroys lives and families. We can help you or your loved one overcome alcoholism by providing a highly personalized blend of clinical and holistic care. Learn more »

    • Drug addiction

      Drug addiction is a brain disease with life-threatening physical and psychological effects. Alta Mira’s results-proven treatment protocol includes a potent blend of biological, psychological, social, interpersonal and spiritual components. Learn more »

    • Dual diagnosis

      When a mental health problem goes untreated, the substance abuse problem usually gets worse and more stubborn. To promote a full and long lasting recovery, Alta Mira provides dual recovery paths for clients with co-occurring disorders. Learn more »

    • Prescription drug addiction

      Prescription drug addiction leads to frayed relationships, high-risk behavior, and severe mental and physical harm. We help clients detoxify, manage withdrawal symptoms and make a permanent break from dependence. Learn more »

    • Process addiction

      Process addiction is a compulsive dependence on a behavior or activity, such as gambling, shopping or eating. Any addiction by definition causes problems in one’s life, so we address both substance and process addictions during residency. Learn more »

    • Trauma and abuse

      Untreated trauma is a major contributor to alcohol and drug use. We help clients recover from trauma and its effects by working hard to identify and then change destructive patterns of thinking, relating to others and coping. Learn more »

    • Substance abuse

      Because addiction is progressive in nature, we believe it is important to create a forum where substance abusers can speak openly about their drinking/using, learn from their peers and make choices to avert full-scale addiction. Learn more »


  • Nicotine

    Recent research shows that the relapse rate is lower for addicts and alcoholics if they stop using nicotine when they enter recovery. Any client that uses nicotine will receive a treatment plan that requires that they examine their use. Learn more»

  • Other Treatment Specialties


  • Polysubstance Dependence
  • Chronic Relapse
  • Cross Addiction
  • Relapse Prevention
  • Personality Disorders
  • Emotional Regulation
  • Mood Disorders
  • Anxiety
  • Major Depression
  • Bipolar Disorder
  • ADHD
  • PTSD
  • Unresolved Grief and Loss
  • Panic Disorders
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
  • Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT)
  • Mindfulness Based Relapse Prevention (MBRP)
  • Self-Harm and Suicidal Ideation
  • Several Others Not Stated