BROADWAY TREATMENT CENTER

Broadway provides caring and personalized dual diagnosis addiction treatment plans

Broadway Treatment Center is one of the premier addiction treatment centers in Southern California. Their multidisciplinary approach to addiction recovery is what keeps them at the top of their industry. Broadway is known for their dual-diagnosis addiction treatment plans and how best to help patients that are struggling with co-occurring disorders. They have been accredited by the Joint Commission (formerly JCAHO) for their addiction treatment programs; and have achieved the Gold Seal of Approval for high quality services. This certification ensures that Broadway is providing safe and effective services to their clients.

Many individuals who are suffering from addiction also find themselves struggling with a mental illness. Often times it is hard to pinpoint which disorder started first, whether it was the substance abuse or the mental illness. Both disorders can exacerbate the other and only a trained professional will be able to treat an individual suffering from both. Broadway Treatment Center staffs certified, and clinically trained psychologists to help assist clients through their dual-diagnosis addiction treatment program.

What is Dual-Diagnosis?

Many people struggling with addiction to drugs or alcohol are also suffering with a mental illness. It can be difficult to figure out which disorder the individual was struggling with first; substance abuse or mental illness. The majority of the time these underlying mental illnesses are undiagnosed and the individuals are trying to self-medicate their symptoms with the use of drugs or alcohol. Other times a person may start to experience adverse mental affects from prolonged and severe substance abuse. Research shows that addiction can intensify and even create the symptoms of a mental illness. It takes a professionally trained clinical psychologist to determine how to treat the whole individual, and Broadway’s dual-diagnosis addiction treatment program can provide help.

Understanding Mental Health and Substance Abuse

Research has shown that there is link between mental health issues and addiction. Although addiction does not always create mental illness, it definitely can in some instances. In almost all cases where an individual is suffering from mental health issues and addiction, the substance abuse will worsen the mental illness symptoms. It is often a cyclical pattern; addiction makes mental illness worse and mental health issues tend to make addiction worse. Because the two disorders are symbiotic this often leads to misdiagnosis of metal health issues because of the effect addiction has on an individual. It is hard to discern which disorder is causing what symptoms.

Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

Many individuals suffering from PTSD try to self-medicate their unpleasant symptoms with their addiction. These individuals often times have flashbacks and nightmares filled with terrifying realistic images. Drugs in the depressant category (alcohol, opiates, benzos, etc) tend to numb the mind which can help them relax and to sleep at night.

Eating Disorders

Many people who are suffering from an eating disorder use drugs to help them curb their appetite. Drugs in the stimulant category (meth, Adderall, cocaine, etc) stimulate the nervous system which reduces hunger and leads to weight loss. Also, when drugs are taken on an empty stomach their euphoric side effects are a lot stronger.

Bipolar Disorder

Bipolar disorder is characterized by fluctuations between manic and depressive states. Individuals suffering from bi-polar disorder often times use substances to self-medicate their extreme states. Typically stimulants, or uppers (cocaine, meth, etc), will be used to help them out of a depressive state. While depressants, or downers (opiates, benzos, etc), are used to help them come out of a manic state. People try to find a place of mental balance through their addiction.

Schizophrenia

Those suffering from schizophrenia have a very difficult time managing their prescribed medication. Essentially their brain makes them believe things to be a reality when that is not the case. The feeling of hopelessness is common for those individuals suffering from schizophrenia. They try to counter this feeling by using drugs as an escape from their own mind.

Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD)

Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) tends to cause people to destroy relationships with friends and family. This can lead to depression and sometimes suicidal thoughts. Individuals often times use drugs or alcohol to mask these feelings of despair that their behavior has caused. They also turn to substance abuse as a way to self-destruct.

Mood Disorders

Mood disorders is a broad term that covers many different mental health disorders. Depression and anxiety are the two most common seen in those struggling with addiction. Those suffering from depression often use drugs because it makes them feel good enough to participate in daily life. People with anxiety use drugs or alcohol because it allows them to calm their mind.

Learn Medication Management in Drug Rehab

Many people with a dual-diagnosis have been prescribed medication by their doctor or therapist to help treat their mental health issue. Sometimes that prescribed medication in and of itself can be addictive. Broadway offers medication management skills in their dual-diagnosis program. Through cognitive behavioral therapy Broadway will teach people how to appropriately manage their medication. Disorders like schizophrenia can cause individuals to be unable to manage their own medications, even those that are not addictive. In these circumstances Broadway’s clinical therapist would arrange a plan with an outside provider to help make sure the client continued to receive their medication once they completed treatment.

Frequently Asked Questions about Dual-Diagnosis Treatment

  • Will I be able to see my own Doctor, Psychiatrist, or Therapist?
    Yes, Broadway’s clinical staff will work with their client’s regular doctor, psychiatrist, and/or therapist to create an individual treatment plan that will ensure success. Broadway is committed to doing what is best for their clients, and ensuring their safety and stability is a top priority.
  • What if I don’t have a doctor, psychiatrist, or Therapist?
    If you are coming to Broadway Treatment Center for addiction treatment and do not have a doctor, psychiatrist, or therapist they can provide these services. Broadway’s clinically trained staff has experienced therapists and clinicians available to meet each one of their client’s needs. Broadway also works with outside providers once a client has completed treatment to make sure they receive continued care. Broadway always has their client’s best interest in mind.
  • Do I have to take prescribed medication such as Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors (SSRI)?
    Broadway’s clinicians and therapists will continue to work with a client’s outside provider(s) while they are attending addiction treatment at our facility. It is important that all the providers work together to keep the client’s mental health as stable as possible. While in attendance at Broadway clients will continue to take their previously prescribed medication under the supervision of our clinicians as well as their previous providers. Please call our intake specialists to speak about possible medication schedule changes or concerns.
  • Will I be able to continue taking addictive medication that has been prescribed?
    Broadway’s clinicians and therapists will continue to work with a client’s outside provider(s) while they are attending addiction treatment at our facility. It is important that all the providers work together to keep the client’s condition managed. While in attendance at Broadway clients will continue to take their previously prescribed medication under the supervision of our clinicians as well as their previous providers. Please call our intake specialists to speak about possible medication schedule changes or concerns.
  • How are acute psychotic episodes or massive panic attacks approached?
    If a client suffers from an acute psychotic episode or a massive panic attack Broadway’s clinical team is equipped to handle those situations. We do have a doctor on staff who is experienced with mental health issues. If an episode is severe enough then a client may be transferred to a nearby hospital. Our facility is located by some of the nation’s top hospitals and mental health facilities such as Hoag Hospital and St. Jude’s. Broadway’s clients will receive top quality care even in the event of an emergency.
  • Can family or friends visit for support?
    Yes, Broadway allows friends and family of clients to come and visit them at our facility. We just ask that family members speak with our team to make prior arrangements. Broadway provides a very structured and scheduled environment for their clients. This suites those struggling with addiction best, and gives them predictability and security in knowing what is happening next. We just ask that visits be scheduled beforehand to preserve this environment.
  • What are the payment options for our Dual-Diagnosis Program?
    Broadway Treatment Center participates with most major insurance companies. Our intake coordinator can verify your insurance benefits. We occasionally take clients on a scholarship basis. Members of our local community have generously donated scholarships for people to attend treatment that otherwise could not afford it. Please contact us today to discuss your options.
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