Dual Diagnosis treatment is a relatively new innovation in the field of addiction recovery. Until the 1990s, people who were experiencing symptoms of a mental health disorder — anxiety attacks, depressive episodes, delusional behavior or mood swings — were treated separately from those who sought help for drug or alcohol abuse.

When these conditions overlapped, clients were often denied treatment for a mental illness until they got clean and sober. Unfortunately, because substance abuse is often driven by an underlying psychiatric disorder, this meant that many people with a Dual Diagnosis of addiction and a mental disorder never got the help they needed.

In the 21st century, Dual Diagnosis recovery blends the most successful aspects of mental health care and substance use treatment.

Instead of drawing a hard line between psychiatric health and addiction, these areas are treated as part of a continuum. Clinicians who work in addiction treatment can now receive training and credentials in the treatment of co-occurring mental health disorders. Dedicated rehab facilities offer recovery services that are personalized for clients with a Dual Diagnosis.


The Elements of Residential Treatment


A study in the journal Addiction shows that people who receive help with recovery from addiction are more likely to stay in recovery for longer periods than those who don’t receive care. Sixty-two percent of those who had professional help in treating their addiction remained in recovery for three years after treatment, compared to only 43 percent of those who didn’t get treatment. In addition, 57 percent of those who made it three years were still free of the substance after a total of 16 years. This shows that getting professional treatment is vital to reaching the best outcome.

Residential treatment in particular is often more helpful because it requires that the person stay in treatment for the amount of time necessary to affect change.



A holistic rehab center is one that looks at the entirety of the person’s life and experience. Rather than just removing the substances from the individual and providing therapy, this model seeks to look at other factors in the person’s life. Of course removing the drugs from the system is necessary, as is the therapy received both one-on-one and in groups. Holistic rehab centers don’t stop there. They incorporate many different practices and offerings that may help address issues in new ways.

A holistic alcohol rehab or drug rehab often includes some focus on nutrition, exercise, spirituality and/or meditation, activities and fun, and social services such as resume building, training in life skills, and building community. These extra offerings can help a recovering addict in ways that therapy and physical sobriety sometimes don’t. The goal of a treatment center is to get the individual back on their feet so that they may create a new life for themselves clean and sober. With a holistic addiction treatment program, the person is offered the tools to truly address the underlying issues, find a way to meet their needs, and build a new, sober life for themselves.


Partial hospitalization programs, which are commonly referred to as PHP, provide the most intensive level of non-residential, non-inpatient care that is available within the Acadia Healthcare network of treatment programs. Individuals who have been struggling with substance abuse and addiction, mental health disorders, and/or behavioral health disorders may benefit from PHP services.
In order to participate in PHP, individuals must have achieved the degree of stability that will allow them to fully engage in all therapeutic interventions, and must not have physical or psychological needs that require round-the-clock care. Because PHP does not typically include a residential component, participants must also be capable of living independently, or must have secured other housing arrangements. Transportation to and from PHP may or may not be provided by the program.


The Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) at Nexus is ideal for those who are transitioning from a residential treatment facility or who need a part-time yet intensive schedule that can accommodate their work, school, and/or family life. At the IOP level of care, clients participate in our rehab programming for three to four hours a day, three to five days a week. During this phase, our goal is to continue to create a solid foundation for our clients and support them as they transition from the IOP to a less intensive treatment.

At Changing Tides Treatment, we recognize that every client comes to us with different backgrounds, interests, and needs. Consequently, we maintain a small client to clinician ratio in order to have the ability to tailor our addiction treatment programs to best serve each individual. All treatment plans are created by members of our clinical team, who also utilize client input while curating each plan. Treatment plans are reviewed and updated on a weekly basis, during which time clients may provide feedback that our clinicians take into consideration while making any adjustments.

For clients who are in need of housing, we can also provide resources for sober living options. Our Los Angeles Rehab center is one of the top IOP providers for you and your family.


Sober living homes are group homes for those recovering from an addiction. Most of these homes are privately owned, although some group homes are owned by businesses and may even be owned by charity organizations. Homes are usually located in quiet areas to help ensure a peaceful environment for individuals in early recovery.

People who live in these types of facilities are expected to be responsible for themselves. This is an important step in recovery because addiction may cause people to act in irresponsible ways, and the friends and families of addicted individuals often enable them by supporting them. People living in sober homes usually have to pay their own rent, buy their own food, and do the same things they would do for themselves if they lived in a regular home.