A Path to Success: Mental Health, Dual Diagnosis, and Career Development for Young Adults

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The transition to adulthood can be challenging for many young people, especially when it comes to developing their careers and building a successful future. The journey can be even more complicated for those struggling with mental health conditions and substance abuse. However, with proper support, overcoming these challenges and achieving long-term success is possible.

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Mental Health and Career Development

Mental health is essential to overall well-being and significantly impacts one’s ability to pursue career goals. Mental health conditions, such as depression, anxiety, and bipolar disorder, can affect motivation, concentration, and decision-making skills, making achieving success in the workplace more challenging. Furthermore, stigma toward mental health disorders can prevent young adults from seeking help, leading to decreased productivity, increased absenteeism, and even job loss. On the other hand, good mental health can lead to increased job satisfaction, better performance, and tremendous success in one’s career.

The Importance of Mental Health Support in Career Development

To build successful careers, young adults must prioritize good mental health, which involves being able to access mental health services and a supportive network. Employers also have a role in supporting the mental health of their employees by providing access to resources, promoting work-life balance, and creating a supportive work environment.

The Benefits of Career Development Programs for Young Adults

Career development programs are designed to help young adults plan, prepare, and launch successful careers by providing resources, guidance, and support. These programs offer hands-on learning and practical experience through internships, apprenticeships, or job training to help build the life skills and knowledge needed to succeed in the job market.

Additionally, career development programs offer valuable networking opportunities, connecting young adults with mentors, employers, and other professionals in their desired industries. These connections can lead to job opportunities and help individuals build the relationships and connections needed to succeed in their careers.

Participating in career development programs can boost confidence and self-esteem by providing opportunities to learn new skills, gain experience, and overcome challenges. This positive impact can extend to both personal and professional aspects of life.

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How Mental Health & Dual Diagnosis Affects Career Development

Dual diagnosis is a common problem among young adults with mental health conditions and substance use disorders. Substance abuse can worsen mental health symptoms, while mental health conditions can make it challenging to overcome substance abuse.

To treat dual diagnosis effectively, it is crucial to adopt a comprehensive approach that encompasses therapy, medication, support groups, and rehabilitation programs to address both issues. With proper support and treatment, young adults with dual diagnoses can successfully manage their symptoms and build a successful future.

Therapy For Dual Diagnosis

Individual and group therapy can play a critical role in treating dual diagnosis. Therapy, such as cognitive behavioral therapy, can help individuals understand and manage their mental health conditions and substance abuse issues, develop coping skills, and build a support network. Additionally, treatment can address any underlying psychological or emotional issues contributing to the dual diagnosis.

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Medication-Assisted Treatment for Dual Diagnosis

Medication can also be an effective tool in treating dual diagnosis. Antidepressants, anti-anxiety medications, and mood stabilizers can help regulate mood and reduce symptoms of mental health conditions. At the same time, naltrexone and methadone can assist in managing substance abuse and preventing relapse.

Support Groups for Dual Diagnosis

Support groups can provide a safe and supportive environment for individuals with dual diagnoses to share their experiences and receive support from others who understand their challenges. They can also give a sense of community and a network of people to turn to for help.

Rehabilitation Programs for Dual Diagnosis

Rehabilitation programs for dual diagnosis are designed to provide comprehensive treatment for mental health and substance abuse issues. These programs often involve a combination of therapy, medication, support groups, and job training to help individuals achieve long-term recovery and build a successful future.

Contact Launch Centers In Los Angeles 

At Launch Centers, we understand that young adults facing mental health and substance abuse issues often struggle to envision a bright and fulfilling future. That’s why we offer comprehensive treatment programs designed to address their unique needs and support them in building a successful life.

By prioritizing mental health needs, we provide individualized therapy and counseling to help young adults overcome challenges and achieve lasting recovery. We also specialize in treating dual diagnosis, offering integrated care that addresses both mental health and substance abuse issues. Contact us today to learn more about our treatment programs and how we can help you or your loved one achieve a bright and fulfilling future.

About Our Founder

Jose Hernandez, for over a decade, has been involved in alcohol and addiction recovery helping people succeed in overcoming substance abuse and regaining control of their lives. He has experience in all aspects of the recovery world, from facilitating entry into treatment as an intervention specialist to counseling and case management at rehabilitation facilities. Jose has worked one-on-one with individuals as a sober companion and with groups as a resident counselor at addiction treatment centers and is certified by the California Association of Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Counselors (CAADAC) to practice as a substance abuse counselor.

Through his professional experiences in crisis intervention, drug and alcohol detoxification, substance abuse counseling, and relapse prevention, Jose has developed a unique plan for case management that bridges the gap between a person’s painful past of substance abuse and a future of sobriety.

At Riviera Recovery, a sober living facility with multiple locations, clients continue their transition from the supportive environment of a treatment center to living well and happily in the “real” world. The program he designed at Riviera Recovery personalizes treatment plans that enable clients, including those with a single or dual-diagnosed mental health disorder, to embrace a satisfying life.

His greatest endeavor has been establishing LAUNCH, a Los Angeles-based life skills intensive outpatient program for young adults. LAUNCH works with recovering men and women to establish personal vocational and educational goals and develop the tools to successfully meet them. His mission is to ensure that no one stands alone in his or her recovery.

Meet Our Clinical Team

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Jess Beck, LCSW

Clinical Director

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Eric Chaghouri, MD


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Chloe Kruskol, LCSW

Family Program Manager

Our Testimonials

Clients and Professionals Share Their Experience

  • HO

    Launch provided care on multiple levels. The highly skilled therapist coupled with the focus on purpose and long-term goals refocused my recovery from what previous treatment centers pushed onto me. I went from believing that I needed years of treatment to believing I needed years happiness and success. I began to focus on what I wanted to accomplish with my life. I came to realize all the things my addiction and mental illness had taken from me, and I used my future goals as a reason to never pick up again. Due to the passion that Launch instilled in me, I have pursued my future with excitement and dedication.

  • Nicole

    This place changed my life! I’ve had good laughs, good cries, shared a lot of heart to heart moments and grew a loving bond with everyone at Launch Centers. I will always be grateful!!! I really do miss it time to time. I highly recommend Launch Centers!

  • Joey

    The staff and clinicians are amazing and make you feel right at home from the second you walk in the door. I would absolutely recommend this place for a family member or close friend.

  • Ben

    This treatment facility has changed my life. I have always struggled with my mental health and this young adult program provided me with the necessary skills to launch to adulthood. I commend anyone who struggles with mental health or substance use (which was not me) to try this program out. It will change your life.

  • Conner

    Launch Centers Treatment was a major help to me. The therapists and staff genuinely cared about me and truly helped me to make a plan for my future. My personal therapists helped me to discover where some of my deeper issues came from. All of the staff worked tirelessly with me to talk through my issues, or just about life, and offered realistic solutions to my current problems and situation. All of the staff went above and beyond and advocated relentlessly for me. I am very grateful that I was able to have such a wonderful experience with Launch.

  • Adam

    In no uncertain terms Launch Centers changed my life. The staff at Launch are professional, knowledgable and relatable. They keep the format diverse and interesting which kept me engaged in the process. The greatest thing we can do in life is seek to improve ourselves. Launch gave me a skill set I consider to be invaluable in the journey of becoming the best version of myself. I would implore anybody considering Launch to step outside their comfort zone and go, you will not regret it.


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