Dual Diagnosis

Dual diagnosis is a term used when a person who struggles with a mental health issue such as depression or anxiety, also struggles with addiction.  For these individuals, each condition requires its own treatment plan.  In many cases, the despair caused by the mental condition can cause an individual to turn to substances or other destructive behaviors for immediate relief.  If these co-occurring mental health issues are overlooked, addiction recovery will often fail.  Without exception, for the dually diagnosed client, an integrative approach that addresses both the addiction and mental health components, will yield far better long-term results, than an approach that addresses either one or the other.  Unless the mental health disorder is treated along with addiction, full recovery is unlikely.

We Provide Comprehensive Dual Diagnosis Treatment


At our California dual diagnosis facility, a few of the conditions we treat include:

  • Depressive Disorders:  Overwhelming feelings of sadness, low energy, apathy, lack of interest in activities, and low self-esteem, and rumination.
  • Anxiety Disorders: Chronic/abnormal levels of fear and anxiety. Includes Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD), Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD), Panic Disorder, Phobias, and Social Anxiety Disorder.
  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD): Can develop after a person is exposed to a traumatic event, or other threats on a person's life. Symptoms may include disturbing thoughts, feelings, or dreams related to the event(s), and/or mental or physical distress to trauma-related cues.
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Integrated Treatment in Addiction Rehab

Dual diagnosis is common among people entering addiction rehab and is always heavily entwined with their substance abuse problem. In the midst of active addiction, psychiatric disorders are hard to diagnose and treat. It is difficult to discern if symptoms, such as the low moods of depression or the highs of bipolar disorder, are because of the psychiatric disorder or because of the drug use. Often, people self-medicate their mental health disorder symptoms with, for example, drinking to ease anxiety or taking painkillers to help with depression, without knowing they have the disorders.

Ongoing Psychiatric Evaluations

Dual diagnosis treatment involves a variety of approaches, including ongoing psychiatric care.  At Faith by the Sea, all clients undergo an initial assessment by a CA Board Certified psychiatrist who specializes in addiction and co-occurring mental health issues.  After treatment has begun, Faith clients have access to ongoing psychiatric care, for purposes of continued monitoring, assessment, and treatment planning.