Cliffside Malibu - Hazy Beach Cliffs

Dual Diagnosis Rehab

What Does Dual-Diagnosis Mean?

“Dual-diagnosis” or “co-occurring disorder” is the term applied when someone has a psychological, psychiatric, or behavioral disorder and a drug or alcohol addiction. If you suffer from clinical depression, bi-polar disorder,  PTSD (Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder), anxiety, schizophrenia, ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder) and are addicted to prescription medicine, alcohol, heroin, marijuana, or cocaine, you are someone with a dual-diagnosis or co-occurring disorder.

Having a psychiatric or behavioral disorder increases your odds of becoming addicted to drugs or alcohol. For many, drug addiction develops when individuals attempt to self-medicate using drugs or alcohol in an effort to try and cope with the immense difficulties psychiatric disorders impose. Chances are your psychiatric disorder coupled with your addiction is making both challenges seem even more insurmountable.

What to Expect at Cliffside malibu

You can expect to receive world class, effective dual-diagnosis treatment from our unique team that includes your personal physician and psychiatrist, detox specialists, psychotherapists and addiction specialists.

Cliffside Malibu’s extensive intake process helps us begin to create an individualized treatment plan that will address both your psychological issues and addiction.  A compassionate psychotherapist will be your guide, helping you through each stage of the recovery process. Your therapist will work with the team of addiction recovery professionals to choose the most appropriate therapies for your particular set of challenges and will continue to fine tune your treatment plan as you progress.

After intake, your personal physician will devise a plan for detox -ridding your body of the drugs or alcohol you have become addicted to.  Since detox can be complicated it is important to have an experienced team available to be able to respond quickly in case a health problem arises during withdrawal. Withdrawal can also exacerbate psychiatric problems. Professional supervision will provide the safety and security you need while detoxing.

Cliffside Malibu - Drug and Alcohol Addiction Treatment

After Detox

You will meet one-on-one with your therapist who will take the time to get to know you in-depth, learn how your drug or alcohol addiction developed, discover how it relates to your psychiatric disorder and help you uncover the underlying reasons for your addiction. Because each person is unique, the strategies to help you recover and maintain your recovery must be created especially for you. There is no “one size fits all” method of treatment. Each treatment must be created to address both your addiction and your psychiatric disorder.

Using evidence-based therapies from a wide spectrum of healing practices, our recovery professionals may choose to provide you with therapeutic massage, equine-assisted therapy, acupuncture, yoga and/or meditation therapy, and personal fitness training. There may be tests to assess whether there has been any organic damage to your brain so the therapists know what they need to do to help optimize your recovery.

We Take Care of Your Needs

While you do the psychological and emotional work that recovery requires, our staff will make certain you have the privacy and security necessary to feel safe. Our world-class gourmet chefs will work with our nutritionists to make certain each meal is not only delicious, but therapeutic. Every spa-like room at Cliffside has a beautiful view. If nature is a healing force for you, you have access to the beach, hiking trails and beautiful gardens for a quiet walk, vigorous hike or private meditation.

We’re Ready To Take Your Call

You can talk to a person with substance use disorderion specialist any time, day or night, by calling (424) 320-3061.  You can recover. You can learn how to create the life you were intended to live – one of unimagined joy, renewed hope and fulfillment.


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