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Brentwood Therapist

Brentwood Therapist Options at Launch Centers in Los Angeles

Attempting to navigate the many rip currents that pop up in life without the help of a skilled therapist would be like river rafting without a paddle.  The often-tumultuous young adult years can be helped immensely with someone in your corner offering much needed direction and support. This stage of life is often met with obstacles that can lead the young adult off course and into troubled waters.  What better way to return to a safe, healthy path than with the help of an effective Brentwood therapist?

What Therapy for Young Adults Entails

Young adults just getting started in life as an autonomous adult may find themselves feeling overwhelmed and rudderless.  Some may experience academic challenges in college; others may struggle with substance abuse or a mood disorder that has begun to negatively impact their lives.  Others may simply feel lost, having no real sense of purpose or direction.

By gaining the compassionate support of a therapist who will guide them toward creating a life plan, while also treating their behavioral health issues, the young adult will gain a sense of control and ownership over their life and future.  The Brentwood therapist will help them identify certain emotional struggles and assist them in forming new ways of responding to the triggers that may lead to self-destructive behaviors. In addition, the therapist can offer the guidance needed to help the young adult establish a sense of hope as well as direction by helping them identify strengths and set life goals.

Therapy for Addiction and Mental Health Conditions

There are a variety of therapy formats that are utilized when treating young adults for substance abuse and mental health disorders.  By accessing several formats, including individual therapy, group therapy, and family therapy, the Brentwood therapist can examine the many layers involved in the situations or issues that shape mental health, and help the young adult form new, healthy thought patterns and behavioral responses.

Individual Therapy

One-on-one talk therapy, also referred to as psychotherapy, is extremely useful in the early phase of treatment.  These intimate discussions between the client and therapist often yield important causal factors that have contributed to the difficulties faced by the young adult.  By delving into emotional pain and/or past traumas, such as abuse, neglect, death of a loved one, divorce in the family, a family member’s serious illness, or any other deeply painful event, the therapist can help the client process the sense of loss or fear that has been suppressed.

Group Therapy

In group therapy format, the therapist facilitates the discussion around certain topics that are pertinent to this age group.  The peer-based discussion can help provide a sense of social support, and, because a therapist leads it, it is a safe space for openness and even correction.  Group therapy is useful as a platform where ideas and solutions can be shared and practiced among the participants.

Family Therapy

The family dynamic has an outsized impact on the emotional health of all of us.  Dysfunction within the family unit can lead to different outcomes, depending on the personality of the individual.  Where some children are strong enough to overcome a dysfunctional family life and rise above it in life, others may be more emotionally sensitive to it.  Helping families learn how to better communicate, and giving them useful techniques and tools to access interpersonally, can lead to overall emotional wellbeing for all members.

Launch Centers Brentwood Therapists for Young Adults

Launch Centers is an outpatient life skills program for young adults, serving Brentwood and the surrounding communities in Los Angeles.  Launch Centers utilizes master’s level clinical therapists to assist young adults with the challenges that may be related to a mental health or substance use disorder.  By wrapping individual, group, and family therapy into a goal-oriented, life skills model, Launch Centers provides a practical, constructive approach to treatment. For more information about our Brentwood therapists, please contact Launch Centers today at (310) 779-4476.

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Therapist Los Angeles

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Therapist Los Angeles

Most of us know someone personally who struggles with a dual diagnosis, or the presence of a substance use disorder and coexisting mental health disorder.  Battling a dual diagnosis is more complex than when just one or the other disorder is present. Treatment for co-occurring disorders requires the expertise of a specialized substance abuse and mental health therapist Los Angeles.

Certain co-occurring disorders are more common than others, and may begin to become pronounced in the late-20s demographic.  For example, alcohol dependency is often coupled with depression, and anxiety disorders often coexist with a benzodiazepine (Ativan or Valium) dependency.  Young adults trying to adjust to increasing stress and responsibility during their twenties may begin to struggle with a dual diagnosis. The “quarter-life crisis” is the term for this phase of early adulthood when mood disorders and/or substance abuse can develop in response to a crisis of confidence, identity, and one’s direction in life.

For the best recovery outcome, both disorders should be treated simultaneously. There are, however, instances when the substance use disorder may be treated first as a stand-alone disorder, followed by the treatment of the mental health disorder.  But treating just the substance use disorder or only the mental health disorder will not produce a sustained recovery. Both disorders need to be treated by an expert substance abuse and mental health therapist Los Angeles, and preferably at the same time.

What Causes Dual Diagnosis in Young Adults

Underlying the dual diagnosis is almost certainly a source of deep emotional pain that has led to these co-occurring disorders.  Emotional scars may be the result of having experienced trauma in childhood, such as being the victim of physical or sexual abuse at the hands of an adult.  Other pain sources can be the break up of one’s family due to divorce, the death of a loved one, a close family member suffering a health crisis, or a single traumatic event like a serious automobile accident or a natural disaster.  

The residual emotions associated with any suffering, be it a quarter life crisis, trauma, excess stress, etc., can fail to heal and can in a way get “stuck” in the psyche, leading to one’s leaning on drugs or alcohol to help manage the emotional suffering that results.  The substance of abuse will eventually cause further distress and will accentuate the mood disorder, causing a vicious cycle.

On the contrary, someone who begins abusing drugs and alcohol recreationally may be genetically predisposed to addiction and find themselves suddenly dependent on the substance.  Chemical dependency on drugs or alcohol can have devastating life consequences that can in turn trigger depression or anxiety.

Treatment for Co-Occurring Disorders in Young Adults

Treating young adults with dual diagnosis will involve an integrated approach that provides help for both disorders.  Whenever an entrenched substance use disorder is involved the individual must first get clean by going through detox and withdrawal.  Once the withdrawal symptoms subside therapy can begin.

Dual diagnosis can be treated at either an outpatient or inpatient program, depending on the severity of the diagnoses.  For mild to moderate cases an outpatient treatment program that specializes in treating co-occurring disorders can be highly effective, while providing the flexibility for the client to continue to work or attend school during treatment.  Each client will have a customized treatment plan that will outline the best forms of treatment—which medications and therapy modality—for their specific needs. Individual talk therapy and group therapy, as well as adjunct therapies, will round out the treatment plan.

Young adults with a dual diagnosis will benefit from an outpatient program that, in addition to medication management and therapy, can guide them towards identifying new goals and purpose.  This is especially helpful for twenty-somethings who are in the midst of a quarter life crisis and dealt with it through substance abuse. Helping them create a new life plan will put them in control of their own destiny.

Launch Centers Substance Abuse and Mental Health Therapist Los Angeles

Launch Centers is an outpatient treatment program for young adults ages 18-28 that emphasizes life skills, vocational preparation, and goal setting.  For more information about our team of substance abuse and mental health therapists Los Angeles, please contact Launch Centers today at (310) 779-4476.