Levels of Care in Dual Diagnosis Treatment


Just as addiction is nuanced and different for just about everyone, so too, are the levels of care for different people. When it comes to dual diagnosis treatment, there are several steps that are taken to ensure each client gets the absolute best treatment that can be provided. When we design a particular treatment plan, our goal is to ensure that each client gets the treatment that will help them conquer addiction and learn to live healthily with any additional mental illness issues.

At Thrive Treatment℠, we offer several levels of care, depending on the specific needs of the dual diagnosis client.

Our most comprehensive treatment plan is the partial hospitalization program. This plan is perfect for those that are new to sobriety or prone to repeat relapses. Our entire team circles the client with care, and there’s a comprehensive assessment, daily group meetings, individual psychotherapy sessions two times a week, and a complete psychiatric evaluation as well as checkups. For those with a dual diagnosis, this is the perfect program to get the care and attention they need in an environment that fosters growth.

Another treatment plan we offer at Thrive Treatment℠ is our intensive outpatient treatment program. This program works for those that are more stable in their lives but may need some support in managing the demands of career, family, and home life. After transitioning out of the partial hospitalization program, many of our dual diagnosis treatment clients find that the intensive outpatient treatment program is perfect for helping them sustain healthy, productive, and happy sober lives.

Other programs, like the outpatient drug treatment program, offer less intensive levels of care that focus more on providing family and community for those that have already completed our other programs and simply want to stay in touch with mentors and colleagues that have assisted them throughout their recovery journey. After completing a dual diagnosis treatment program, many of our clients want to stay connected to the Thrive family, and they can do that through this program, or through other avenues like our alumni and aftercare support programs.

No matter which level of care is right for you, at Thrive Treatment℠ of Santa Monica, California, we offer solutions to help all of our clients maximize life after conquering addiction. An addiction of the past can be a stepping stone for future growth and accomplishment. Our goal is to help you see that. Call Thrive Treatment℠ at (888) 975-8474 to get started with us today.

Why Dual-Diagnosis Treatment Matters

Why Dual-Diagnosis Treatment Matters

Self medication is a real issue for millions of Americans. When it comes to dual diagnosis issues, of a substance use and mental health disorder, many people turn to self medication as a means of coping on their own, most often through more substance use. This couldn’t be more dangerous. Not only can self medication increase the complications of addiction– it can also make an additional mental illness much more severe.

In addiction recovery, dual diagnosis treatment is defined as a recovery method that “blends the most successful aspects of mental health care and substance abuse treatment.” Dual diagnosis treatment provides holistic care for clients who are battling addiction and another mental illness– sometimes an illness that was a direct result of or contributing factor of addiction. Oftentimes, a mental health diagnosis like depression, anxiety, ADHD, bipolar, and more was present long before addiction, but went undiagnosed or untreated, inspiring a deep need to cope with unmanageable feelings.

The relatively new entry of dual diagnosis treatment in the addiction recovery space speaks to its importance. Previously, if a client came to an addiction recovery center with other mental illnesses, there was little that could be done to help with the additional mental illness. Even if the best treatment plan was put in place for the individual, whether or not they recovered wasn’t a sure bet. It depended on the severity of and complications surrounding the additional mental illness. Would the client be able to cope in a normal group setting? Would the rules and regulations of the addiction treatment center be feasible for him or her? The answers were often up in the air. Likewise, if a patient were to report to a mental health facility and was also addicted, many times they’d be sent away and told to treat their addiction before seeking help for another mental illness.

By combining the best practices from the medical and counseling worlds, dual diagnosis treatment offers a solution to this conundrum. Moreover, quality dual diagnosis treatment options, like the ones in place at Thrive Treatment℠, work wonders not just in treating addiction or another mental illness with medicine, but in really diving deep to untangle what’s going on below the surface.

Dual diagnosis treatment matters because addiction is much more than simply craving a substance. As The Big Book says, addiction is spiritual, mental, and physical. In the same vein, treatment has to be more than simply stopping cravings. It’s got to be able to get to the root of the issue.

Thrive Treatment℠ is a premier outpatient addiction treatment center in Santa Monica, California. We offer advanced dual diagnosis treatment options for clients dealing with more than one mental illness. By combining state of the art research with quality counseling and brilliant medical practitioners, we make addiction a thing of the past. Call us at (888) 975-8474 to see how we can help you today.

Individualized Care: Why Your Program Should be Your Program

Individualized Care: Why Your Program Should be Your Program

There’s not one of us on this earth that’s exactly like another. Even identical twins– though they may share the exact same chemical makeup and physical characteristics as each other– have drastically different personalities, thoughts, and opinions. As human beings, we’re all unique– with unique talents, skills, and issues to deal with. Our different experiences are what makes us who we are.

When it comes to addiction treatment, cookie-cutter, one-size-fits-all programs simply don’t work because they don’t cater to our own unique needs. That’s why here at Thrive Treatment℠, our programs are tailored to the individual. We believe that individualized treatment plans allow our clients to recover in a way that’s best for them spiritually, mentally, and physically.

What is individualized care?

Addiction isn’t a blanket illness– it’s as individualized as the people who go through it. Care for addiction treatment should be equally as individualized. There are many types of individualized care plans, but the goal of all of them is always the same– breaking down the classical treatment process and restructuring it to get the best results to meet each client’s individual needs.

One of the more common forms of individualized care is dual diagnosis treatment. As the name suggests, dual diagnosis treatment is the process of treating both addiction and another mental illness simultaneously. Oftentimes, a person that’s been battling the mental illness of addiction for some time will have other issues that have either stemmed from the addiction itself, or been one of the contributing factors to the addiction. A dual diagnosis treatment program doesn’t necessarily isolate each illness and deal with them separately, but instead finds a way to treat all of the illnesses holistically. Dual diagnosis treatments may include working with medical professionals as well as counselors and therapists, and introducing a regimen of counseling and medications to help us conquer our illnesses as efficiently as possible.

Another way treatment facilities personalize care is by offering different treatment options that cater to various treatment needs. Here at Thrive Treatment℠, for instance, we offer a number of options, including a partial hospitalization program, an intensive outpatient program, and more. When you enter a treatment facility, the intake process usually involves our therapists, nurses, and counselors helping you and your loved ones figure out which plan is right for you.

Why is individualized care so important?

Whether we’ve been through addiction or not, we’ve all dealt with situations, thoughts, and ideas that we weren’t sure how to handle. We go through life on a daily basis and don’t know what to expect out of it. We don’t always have control over what happens to us, nor the impact it may have on our lives. If we can accept that we are often unsure of what we’ll encounter even on a daily basis in our own lives, then we, too, should be able to see just why treatment needs to be personal enough to mean something to us, and to work the way it should. Life is complicated, and unpredictable, and it’s through individualized care that we learn to prepare ourselves for the unique experiences we may face after we graduate.

The Big Book suggests that addiction is broken down into three parts: the spiritual, the mental, and the physical. An individualized treatment plan helps us get to the bottom of each of those three parts to resolve their underlying causes.

If we take another look at the dual diagnosis treatment plan, we can see just how this works. When a client is given more than one diagnosis, a plan is set in place to address the physical components of the diagnosis. This means health care professionals and therapists will work together to ensure the proper medications are prescribed, the proper nutrition is given, and that the client gets the right amount of exercise and sleep. Next, the mental component is addressed, including making any additional provisions for the client– things like additional one-on-one therapy sessions, if needed. Finally, the spiritual side is addressed– in the form of helping the client build a support system, making them feel comfortable expressing their opinions throughout the treatment process, and developing methods to help them boost their confidence and embrace the treatment journey. As well, clients are directed toward developing a spiritual manner of living which works best for who they are, whether that is through religion, meditation, developing new spiritual beliefs, and discovering a relationship with a higher power.

This one particular treatment plan will be repeated and altered in-depth for every other person with a dual diagnosis. Other plans are conducted just as thoroughly for every single additional client that walks through the door.

Individualized care is so important because addiction is a fiercely personal mental disease. In fact, it’s one of the only diseases that displays itself differently in just about everyone fighting it. Just as addiction is personal, the way we fight it must be as well. Every person is unique, and needs unique assistance to make treatment work for them. Here at Thrive Treatment℠, whether it’s dual diagnosis treatment, partial hospitalization treatment, or another form of treatment, we take the time to make sure our clients are truly getting the specific help they need.

Thrive Treatment℠ of Santa Monica, California is an outpatient treatment facility that specializes in individualized plans designed to help our clients get the most out of treatment. We don’t believe in a one-size-fits-all solution to treatment. Everyone is unique, and they deserve a unique team that will help them get to the bottom of what’s caused their addiction in order to fix it. We are that team. Call us at (888) 975-8474 to get started today.

Two No-Nonsense Reasons to Stay Sober

reasons to stay sober

There are actually more reasons to stay sober than there are to use drugs or drink alcohol.

After going through addiction treatment, many people find renewed confidence and vigor, and are motivated to pursue a substance free life with everything they have. However, as with anything, even those that have recovered from addiction are not perfect, and fatigue sometimes sets in. They may wonder why they need to do all of the extra work if they have already completed addiction treatment, or assume that they can miss one or two alumni meetings or tasks and not be the worse for wear. Particularly at Thrive Treatment℠, where we place such responsibility on our clients to attend and engage with our alumni program, it’s imperative that you remember just why you’re sober so you continue to grow in your recovery.

If you are ever struggling to focus on your sobriety (and it happens to the best, it’s called being human), there are a few things that can help you pull your thoughts together and get back where you need to be mentally.

The first reason to stay sober is, frankly, because addiction isn’t it great. Plain and simple: being in active addiction kind of stinks. Think back to the person you were when you were using. You were likely a shell of yourself, unable to make many contributions, constantly hiding your addiction or manipulating others for money to fund it. You may have hurt family members, friends, or loved ones, or even done some terrible things that were irreversible. Addiction effectively made you a come off as a monster to the ones that you love, and going from sobriety back to to that dark place is not something anyone would want to do.

Staying sober at this point will undoubtedly save your life because relapse could kill you instantaneously. Your body has gotten rid of the substance it used to crave, drastically lowering your tolerance. Your brain, however, craves the last amount of substances used. Reintroducing a high quantity of substances again, no matter how in control you think your using again could be, could lead to disastrous and even deadly effects. It’s like forgetting to swim, and diving back into the ocean. You are just as likely to drown as you are to swim again, but you’re choosing to swim with hungry sharks, not passive fish. Your sobriety is your new life for a reason, and you don’t want to jeopardize that in the slightest. No substance is good enough to waste months of hard work or even your life itself.

Finally, as a reason to stay sober, consider the fact that your sobriety journey is showing countless others that it is possible to beat addiction. Every day that you live drug or alcohol free is another day to be an advocate for treatment, and to help someone else walk down the same path you did!

If you are suffering from addiction, you don’t have to be. There is help available, and your life is far from over. Call Thrive Treatment℠ at (888)975-8474 to say goodbye to addiction for good!