When seeking treatment, it’s natural that you want to focus on the obvious problem: addiction. But drug or alcohol abuse is often connected to other issues. By also addressing any co-occurring conditions — from anxiety and depression to bipolar and PTSD — it decreases your risk of relapse and makes long-term sobriety much more likely.

By looking at both addiction and mental health together, we can treat the cause, not just the symptoms.

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Dual Diagnosis Treatment

A high percentage of those dealing with addiction also have at least one co-occurring mental health disorder, and these untreated mental health issues can threaten sobriety. How? When it comes to a “dual diagnosis,” one issue exacerbates the other. For example, a person who has a social anxiety disorder may turn to alcohol as a way to help ease the symptoms that result from that condition. However, self-medicating in this way usually makes the problem worse. The underlying social anxiety disorder is left unaddressed, and the alcohol use increases as the person becomes more reliant on it to cope. Alternately, someone who has a habit of binge drinking may develop depression as a result of alcohol’s effects.

The Meadows Malibu’s expert clinical team has years of experience addressing co-occurring addiction disorders and excels at treating those with a dual diagnosis. We place an emphasis on thoroughly assessing each patient to uncover any secondary or co-occurring conditions that often accompany a primary diagnosis, and then we equip them with the skills needed to navigate these disorders.



Those suffering from anxiety disorders often experience intense, sustained anxiousness and nervousness. The condition can leave individuals so consumed by fear and drained of energy that they are unable to maintain relationships and usual activities.

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Bipolar Disorder

A psychological mood disorder usually characterized by alternating episodes of depression and mania, bipolar disorder can be hard to diagnose. As a result, those with untreated bipolar disorder can suffer complications when it comes to maintaining long-term sobriety.

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Often expressed as persistent unhappiness, hopelessness or a loss of interest in usual activities, depression can be a debilitating psychological disorder that leads to difficulty concentrating, insomnia, oversleeping, fatigue, anxiety, and an overwhelming isolation.

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PTSD & Trauma

Post-traumatic stress disorder stems from a life-threatening event or psychological trauma, while trauma can be a single event or a series of traumatic events that are repeated over time, causing an individual to become overwhelmed with painful, frightening, or loathing emotions.

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Mental Health

Mental health includes our emotional, psychological, and social well-being, affecting how we think, feel, and act. The state of our mental health also helps determine how we handle stress, relate to others, and how we make choices in our everyday lives. Because mental health issues can negatively impact our lives, it’s especially important to address them when treating addiction. The goal at The Meadows Malibu is to help each client gain the courage to face difficult issues, heal from emotional trauma, overcome grief and loss, and become accountable for their own feelings, behaviors, and recovery.

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