What Does Dual Diagnosis Day Treatment Look Like?

If you struggle with a mental health condition and have a substance abuse disorder, then a dual diagnosis day program at CAST Centers is an excellent option. Dual diagnosis refers to the case when a person has symptoms of substance abuse disorder (SUD) accompanied by a mental health condition such as depression or anxiety. What Does Dual Diagnosis Day Treatment Look Like?

According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, 7.7 million adults suffer from a dual diagnosis of SUD and a mental illness such as depression, anxiety, or bipolar disorder.

It is not uncommon for those who struggle with substance abuse to have a mental health disorder. And often, the two problems make each other worse, making a recovery a more significant challenge.

Those with a dual diagnosis must get treatment because those affected by substance abuse and mental health disorders experience greater medical severity. They also tend to have more difficulty with social functioning than those without a co-occurring condition (Tirado-Muñoz et al., 2018).

Many individuals who suffer from the challenging symptoms of mental health disorders such as depressed mood, high anxiety, or psychosis turn to substances to self-medicate when mental health disorders go untreated

Day Treatment Program at CAST Centers

At CAST Centers, we treat mental health disorders and addictions simultaneously to ensure a smooth recovery from both conditions. Our approach to treating dual diagnosis patients is grounded in research and employs various techniques. According to an article published in the Journal of Psychiatric Services, research shows that outpatient treatment for dual diagnosis patients can be very effective (McCarty et al., 2014).

Our day treatment program, a partial hospitalization program (PHP), meets five days a week and offers group and individual therapy. Group therapy allows you to process life situations and the complex emotions they generate while getting feedback from others experiencing similar problems.

Our day program provides an optimal transition for someone completing an inpatient hospitalization program or detox. Participating in the PHP day program at CAST Centers will help prevent you from relapsing into drug use following inpatient treatment.

Our Day Treatment Program offers:

  • Group therapy five days a week
  • Individual sessions with a therapist once a week
  • Individualized treatment plans
  • An opportunity for personal growth
  • A path to achieve sobriety
  • Guidance and support from licensed professionals
  • Treatment in a safe, secure, and confidential setting

The CAST Alignment Model

Our day treatment program at the CAST Centers employs a unique holistic approach, the CAST Alignment Model. This approach focuses on your personal development, which is essential to recovering from substance abuse and managing your mental health disorder. The CAM model reinforces the fundamental need to integrate emotional, spiritual, mental, and physical well-being. When struggling with a substance use disorder, a person’s life is often in disarray and lacking in these crucial areas. At CAST Centers, we will get to the root of your problems, which will help you come to a place of clarity and peace in your life.

Treatment at CAST Centers in West Hollywood

If you or someone you love struggles with dual diagnosis, CAST Centers can provide help and support. We will simultaneously treat your substance use disorder and your mental health condition to optimize your wellness and set you up to succeed in your recovery. Call us for a free assessment today!

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●      McCarty, D., Braude, L., Lyman, D. R., Dougherty, R. H., Daniels, A. S., Ghose, S. S., & Delphin-Rittmon, M. E. (2014). Substance abuse intensive outpatient programs: assessing the evidence. Psychiatric services (Washington, D.C.)65(6), 718–726. https://doi.org/10.1176/appi.ps.201300249


●      Tirado Muñoz, J., Farré, A., Mestre-Pintó, J., Szerman, N., & Torrens, M. (2018). Dual diagnosis in Depression: treatment recommendations. Patología dual en Depresión: recomendaciones en el tratamiento. Adicciones30(1), 66–76. https://doi.org/10.20882/adicciones.868

●      Subodh, B. N., Sharma, N., & Shah, R. (2018). Psychosocial interventions in patients with dual diagnosis. Indian journal of psychiatry60(Suppl 4), S494–S500. https://doi.org/10.4103/psychiatry.IndianJPsychiatry_18_18


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