When facing mental health and substance abuse issues, it is normal to feel trapped by the rollercoaster ride of addiction. Recovering from alcohol or drug dependence is a complicated journey. A journey that may also require addressing anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, PTSD, and other mental health concerns.

What Is Dual Diagnosis?

When a patient has both mental health issues and a substance use disorder, they’re experiencing something called “dual diagnosis.” Patients can, and do, recover from mental health illness and addiction. At Beachway’s Florida Treatment Center, we believe in addressing both issues with multi-modal therapies customized to the individual. In a retreat setting, patients can escape their toxic environment and focus on dual diagnosis treatment.

More information on what is dual diagnosis can be found here:  www.beachway.com/what-is-dual-diagnosis/

Why Is Dual Diagnosis Treatment Critical?

“According to the National Survey on Drug Use and Health, 9.5 million U.S. adults experienced both mental illness and a substance use disorder in 2019.” -National Alliance on Mental Illness

When mental health issues are pitted as a root cause of addiction rather than treated as part of a dual diagnosis program, individuals struggling with anxiety, depression, PTSD, or bipolar disorder can feel trapped by their mental health issue(s). They want to recover from an addiction, but their mental health issue(s) become a justification — and this dynamic can bond a person to their addiction. They ask themselves, “why even try to get better if my anxiety will only drive me back to substances?” From this perspective, the addiction recovery process can feel like a hopeless, empty promise.

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How Beachway’s Dual Diagnosis Program Works

Our therapists know, from many successful treatments over many years, that mental health issues can be effectively treated.

We take a customized approach, combining a range of therapies to accommodate each patient’s individual needs and circumstances. If struggling with mental health issues and addiction, it may be critical to access a treatment center that specifically provides treatment for co-occurring disorders. Here are some examples of mental health disorders that maybe occur alongside addiction:

  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Bipolar disorder
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder
  • Personality disorder
  • Eating disorders
  • Drug addiction
  • Gambling
  • Sex addiction

Why Do Substance Abuse and Mental Illness Occur Together?

Studies show that substance abuse and mental illness can be linked to a common root cause. Social, biological, and environmental factors cause a break in healthy brain development. For some patients, mental health illness may drive them to seek drugs or alcohol to find pleasure. Others may find that addiction triggers a mental health issue such as depression, and therefore feed a dependence on substances. The addiction fills a gap. By addressing mental health and then substance abuse at Beachway, patients can truly break free from their rollercoaster of psychological and physical ups and downs. When mental health issues and substance abuse issues occur together, they are best treated together.

Dual Diagnosis and Co-Occurring Disorder

A “dual diagnosis” and a “co-occurring disorder” are often used interchangeably.  Whereas a “dual diagnosis” can refer to the existence of multiple health issues that occur simultaneously, a “co-occurring disorder” often refers, specifically, to mental health issues that occur at the same time.

Beachway’s Program — A Customized Approach

Located in West Palm Beach Florida, Beachway’s dual diagnosis program provides a holistic approach to treatment that considers the unique circumstances, inclinations, and needs of each individual. Multiple aspects of a person’s life lead to dual diagnosis and, in turn, are subsequently impacted by it. Common examples of an underlying dual diagnosis include personal histories of trauma, grief, or loss. By assessing the person as a whole and their unique needs, Beachway clinical team can create a compassionate and effective individual care program.

Both one-on-one and group therapy are the cornerstones for effective treatment. One-to-one therapy is an opportunity to work with their therapist individually to address any issues that may arise. In group counseling, individuals receive support and understanding from their peers while being guided by a licensed therapist. The group process is an opportunity to recognize and share common challenges faced by those who struggle with a dual diagnosis and receive non-judgmental support and reflection.

A Healing Environment

Dual diagnosis involves uncovering the aspects of a person’s life that led to mental health and substance abuse issues. These aspects may include trauma, a lack of resources and support, oppression, spiritual crisis, loss of a loved one, or something else. Beachway digs deeper to address how drugs, alcohol, and medications have impacted an individual.

Some of this work may be uncomfortable. Our inpatient campus is designed to alleviate any stress that may arise from this uncomfortable work. Located along Florida’s sunny coast, our campus offers patients luxurious accommodations and high-end amenities so that they can recover and heal in comfort. We strive to create an environment that fosters peace and tranquility, a place that promotes healing in a luxury environment.

You Have the Right to Choose Your Own Care

We do not expect every patient to respond equally to the same methods of therapy. That is why we create individualized programs for every client. We tailor services to each person’s needs and preferences. We place limits on our facility enrollment to ensure patients have uncompromised access to therapy teams, and we match each patient with an appropriate therapist. Groups are intimate and supportive with an emphasis on respect and compassion.

Addiction and mental health issues can leave us feeling isolated, but group therapy sessions can restore a sense of community and provide fellowship. At Beachway, we strive to be a place of empathy and support.

Recovering from a co-occurring disorder requires teasing out the complex relationship between the brain and substances; and understanding what’s triggering mental illness and addiction. Whether healing from traumatic experiences and grief or recovering from anxiety and depression, our therapists are carefully matched to each individual so they can build a trusting relationship and help guide patients toward complete recovery.

Beachway addresses the whole person, and that includes helping families heal together. Family therapy helps mend relationships with relatives and begins fostering a support network so you can recover for life. Learn more about our family recovery program.

Beachway cares for the whole person. We offer equine, music, art and psychodrama therapy, along with optional faith-based drug and alcohol programs. We provide recreational outings such as deep-sea fishing, and trips to the beach, movies and other activities to help you re-establish sober ways to get out and enjoy life. Full spa services allow you to indulge in relaxation and restore the body and mind during your stay here.

Beachway West Palm Campus outside

Raising Standards for Rehabilitation

The process for becoming Joint Commission Accredited requires a comprehensive inspection process both of our facility and processes with regular renewals and inspections moving forward.

beachway is A rated with bbb    best rehab in florida with joint commission accreditation    best rehab center on consumer affairs          beachway is a member of the national association of addiction treatment providers


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