Dual Diagnosis Treatment In Los Angeles

Dual Diagnosis Treatment In Los Angeles

Launch Centers is proud to offer individualized treatment for those struggling with co-occurring disorders and mental health issues. Our Los Angeles treatment facility is equipped with various programs, therapy models, and healing modalities to combat drug abuse, alcohol addiction, and mental health conditions like depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, and more.

This page breaks down everything you need to know about dual diagnosis treatment and how Launch Centers tailors each treatment plan to meet your specific needs and goals toward wellness.

What Is A Dual Diagnosis?

A dual diagnosis refers to an individual dealing with a mental health disorder, such as depression, anxiety, or bipolar disorder, and an alcohol or drug addiction, which can interact with and worsen each other, making recovery more challenging to achieve and sustain. Launch Centers in Los Angeles understands and incorporates dual diagnosis treatment into our outpatient and aftercare programs.

Co-Occurring Disorders In The United States

  • According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), individuals who have a drug addiction are twice as likely to experience mood and anxiety disorders.
  • SAMHSA’s 2021 National Survey on Drug Use and Health found that around 9.2 million adults in the United States live with a co-occurring disorder.
  • According to a study conducted by NIDA, individuals with severe mental illnesses are four times more likely to develop an alcohol addiction and five times more likely to smoke tobacco on a daily basis.

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The Science Behind Dual Diagnosis & Co-Occurring Disorders

Drug abuse and mental health disorders have a bidirectional relationship, with individuals with pre-existing mental health disorders using drugs or alcohol to cope with their symptoms. Unfortunately, the brain will form an association between substance abuse and feeling better and punish the body until it self-medicates again to attain a similar state of relief.

This can create a cycle of substance abuse that becomes increasingly difficult to break, eventually leading to bigger problems. Additionally, mind-altering substances can worsen mental illness symptoms and even interfere with the effectiveness of any prescribed medications for mental health disorders. Then, when the brain becomes self-aware of the addiction, the feelings of shame and failure can push the cycle forward to ignore the negative emotions.

Substance Use Disorders & Mental Health Disorders We Treat

Launch Center’s dual diagnosis treatment programs recognize and are trained to address the following substance use and mental health disorders.

Mental Health Disorders

  • Schizophrenia & Thought Disorders – Individuals with schizophrenia and other cognitive disorders may experience symptoms like paranoia, delusions, and hallucinations, which can severely impact their daily activities and functioning.
  • Depression & Mood Disorders – Depression and other mood disorders can result in prolonged feelings of sadness, increase the likelihood of substance abuse, and lead to heightened moods that interfere with sleep and relaxation.
  • Bipolar Disorder – Bipolar disorder causes sudden and major changes in mood that can affect a person’s capacity to perform their everyday duties and obligations.
  • Personality Disorders – When a person has a personality disorder, it can result in persistent pessimistic thinking patterns, erratic actions, and challenges in maintaining positive and stable connections with others. Personality disorders include borderline personality disorders and antisocial personality disorder.
  • Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD) –Obsessive-compulsive disorder is a mental condition characterized by repetitive and uncontrollable thoughts and compulsive behaviors such as hoarding, checking, and fear of contamination (mysophobia(.
  • Anxiety Disorders – Excessive worry and fear caused by anxiety disorders can interfere with daily activities like school, work, and home life. It is important to address and manage these disorders to maintain a healthy lifestyle.
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Substance Abuse Disorders

  • Benzodiazepine Addiction – Benzodiazepines, such as Xanax or Valium, are sedative drugs that impact the nervous system. They are prescribed to individuals with depression, anxiety, chronic pain, insomnia, or seizures and can help alleviate symptoms for people detoxing from alcohol.
  • Adderall Addiction  Adderall or Ritalin are prescribed stimulants used to treat attention deficit disorders like ADHD. They can be addictive if not taken as directed.
  • Heroin Addiction– Heroin is a dangerous opioid that floods the brain with feel-good chemicals like dopamine and endorphins, which can cause individuals to focus all of their effort, time, and resources toward pursuing more heroin.
  • Alcoholism  Alcohol use disorder (AUD) is a significant issue in the United States. According to the CDC, alcohol-related deaths claim the lives of over 88,000 Americans each year.
  • Opioid Addiction – Opioids are potent, addictive medications with severe consequences for those who misuse them. Examples of opioids include oxycodone (OxyContin), hydrocodone (Vicodin), morphine, and methadone.
  • Marijuana Abuse  With the legalization of recreational and medical marijuana in many states, the safety and addictive behaviors of cannabis remain a topic of debate.
  • Crack/Cocaine Addiction – A 2006 National Survey on Drug Use and Health report revealed that over 35 million Americans over age 12 had used cocaine, and about 8.6 million Americans of the same age have reported using crack.
  • Sleeping Pill Addiction – Because sleeping pills are legal prescriptions, people may be unaware of their risks. Individuals with insomnia may believe that sleeping pills cannot be addictive, but that is not true.

How We Treat Dual Diagnosis In Los Angeles, California

Our addiction treatment center in Los Angeles offers various dual diagnosis programs and evidence-based therapy models.

Programs At Launch Centers

  • Partial Hospitalization Program (PHP) – For individuals who need comprehensive mental health services but do not need to be hospitalized, PHP can be a suitable choice. These services are typically scheduled Monday through Friday and involve 8-hour treatment sessions per day.
  • Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) – IOP treatment allows clients to attend sessions part-time, which means they can take care of their other obligations while still receiving therapy. IOP sessions take place on weekdays and are divided into three-hour morning or afternoon sessions.
  • Standard Outpatient Program (OP) – Typically, outpatient treatment requires fewer therapy sessions than other programs and helps individuals transition from a PHP or IOP to their regular daily routine.
  • Detox – While Launch Centers doesn’t offer detox services directly, we collaborate with nearby detox centers and provide necessary resources to support individuals going through withdrawal symptoms.

Therapies At Launch Centers

  • Life Skills and Career Development – Our dual diagnosis programs provide practical training in life skills and career development to enable individuals to regain lost abilities and transition to a healthy lifestyle.
  • Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT) – Through CBT, we can help individuals identify and alter negative thinking patterns and beliefs that may exacerbate mental health disorders.
  • Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) – DBT is often employed in group therapy sessions to assist individuals in enhancing their emotional stability, mindfulness, stress management, and social skills.
  • Experiential Therapy – By engaging in outdoor and creative activities, experiential therapy aims to promote mindfulness and encourage individuals to find alternative ways to experience happiness without relying on addiction.
  • Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR)  EMDR utilizes bilateral stimulation to aid individuals in comprehending and resolving traumatic events and the mental illnesses linked to them.
  • Trauma-Informed Care – Acknowledging the influence of trauma on an individual’s mental health and life is a crucial component of trauma-informed care, which includes its role in drug use, alcohol addiction, eating disorders, and other mental health disorders.
  • Emotion-Focused Therapy (EFT) – EFT can assist individuals in exploring their emotions and those of their family and loved ones.
  • Attachment Theory –By shedding light on how previous experiences may impact our emotional well-being and relationships, Attachment Theory is a valuable tool for understanding and healing.

Our Dual Diagnosis Treatment Center In Los Angeles

If you, a family member, or a loved one is struggling with a mental health disorder and substance use disorder, contact Launch Centers and ask about our dual diagnosis treatment plans. We take pride in offering the highest levels of care to individuals seeking addiction recovery and behavioral health treatment.

Our on-site clinicians are trained to address many types of mental disorders and addictions using multiple therapy types, all tailored to the exact needs of each client. If you have any general questions or want to know more about our programs, any of our admissions staff can help.

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Our Testimonials

Clients and Professionals Share Their Experience

  • Conner H.

    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.

  • Nicole Y.

    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!

  • Jenna S.

    Launch changed our lives. Our family had been battling for years to breakthrough to our brother. No amount of rehab or detox had made a difference. He was listless, lifeless and helpless. We feared for his life everyday. The spirit of, repetition in, core values, appreciation of life and dignity and respect that we found through Launch are unparalleled. I can say with full confidence that we never would have seen my “real” brother again if not for this truly magical combination. We were and still are especially grateful for his over-the-top therapist. Her commitment to his privacy and success coupled with her unwavering contact with any and all of us is what bridged our 3,000 mile separation from him.


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