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Dual Diagnosis Treatment Centers in California (CA)

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dual-diagnosis-treatment-centers-california-caIf you have a dual diagnosis, then it’s imperative that you choose an addiction recovery program that specializes in dual diagnosis treatment. To aid in your research, we've created a comprehensive list of dual diagnosis treatment centers in California. 

What is Dual Diagnosis?

Dual diagnosis is a term that's used when a person has a mood disorder - such as anxiety or depression - and a problem with alcohol, drugs, or some other substance addiction. As such, individualized professional counseling hours, treatment modalities, and program philosophies are key criteria for anyone seeking treatment for substance addiction, but they are particularly important for individuals with dual diagnosis.

Dual Diagnosis Information

Doing extensive research on addiction treatment options is a daunting prospect at the best of times. But if you’re already in the midst of an intensely difficult period in your life, it may feel close to impossible.

That’s why we created this comprehensive list of dual diagnosis treatment options available in California. Here's an overview of the resources accessible nearby, as well as a sense for key criteria such as amount of individual counseling hours, length of program, and treatment modality (addiction treatment approach).

We’ve divided this information into:

  • Outpatient Addiction Treatment Centers
    In outpatient treatment, individuals typically live at home and commute to therapy and meetings,
  • Inpatient Addiction Treatment Centers  
    In inpatient treatment programs, participants live on-site for a period of time at the treatment center.

Many California rehabs list dual diagnosis support on their websites and other online profiles though they may lack essential elements of care. Not all facilities are created equal.

The best dual diagnosis treatment involves a significant amount of individual counseling hours with a professional therapist. Why? Because qualified therapists are trained to use evidence-based, proven techniques to help you address the underlying core issues that drive addiction.

Outpatient Dual Diagnosis Treatment Centers in California

  1. Alternative Options Counseling Center
    This holistic outpatient program for substance abuse and eating disorders has several locations in Los Angeles and Orange County.
  2. Northbound Treatment Services
    This Newport Beach, CA treatment center offers full-time and part-time positive addiction therapy options for adults with a dual diagnosis.
  3. Resilience Treatment Center
    This Los Angeles, CA center is primarily outpatient, though a few residential options are available. It offers a specific dual diagnosis / substance abuse program track.
  4. Healing Path Recovery
    Located in Newport Beach, CA, Healing Path Recovery is an outpatient treatment program that offers customized recovery plans from doctors who specialize in treating individuals with psychiatric issues and drug addictions.
  5. SMART Recovery Meetings
    SMART Recovery Meetings are non 12 Step support groups with a self-empowerment approach using motivation strategies and other evidence-based behavioral psychology tools. The California meeting list outlines local SMART meeting options.
  6. Capo By The Sea
    A San Juan Capistrano, CA rehab with an intensive outpatient program for individuals who are self-medicating mental health concerns with drugs or alcohol.
  7. The Control Center
    This Beverly Hills, CA program blends modern psychotherapy and psychiatric care with trauma work and holistic medicine.
  8. Crescend Health
    Located in Santa Barbara, CA, Crescend Health’s outpatient program offers professional support for individuals with mental health concerns such as bipolar disorder.
  9. Oakwood Family Treatment Centers
    Pasadena, CA-based behavioral facilities that provide teens and their families with a holistic healing model for addiction.
  10. CLARE Foundation
    A Santa Monica, CA-based nonprofit outpatient drug rehab with group, individual, and family therapy options offered.

Outpatient Dual Diagnosis Options in California Summary

Name

Length of Program

Addiction Treatment Modality

Mental Health Modality

Cohort-Based (Y/N)

Amount of Individual Counseling

Amount of Group Counseling

Alternative Options Counseling Center

12-15 hours/ week, then 9 hours/week; length varies

Psychotherapy / Counseling; Group Therapy

CBT, Experiential Therapy

Not Specified

Weekly; amount not specified

Weekly; amount not specified

Northbound Treatment Services

Outpatient Not Specified; inpatient 30, 60, 90 days

12 Step

CBT, DBT, Experiential Therapy

Yes

Not Specified

Not Specified

Resilience Treatment Center

Half-day program, minimum 3 days/week; max 6 days/week

Psychotherapy / Counseling; Group Therapy; Family Therapy

DBT, CBT, Gardening, Meditation

Not Specified

4 days/week, time not specified (for residential)

5-6 days/week, time not specified (for residential)

Healing Path Recovery

3 hours/day, 4 days/week; length varies

Psychotherapy / Counseling; Group Therapy; Family Therapy

CBT

No

1 private session per week

Weekly (approx 2 hours/day, 4 days/week)

SMART Recovery Meetings

Varies; often weekly; available daily online

Group Therapy

Motivation Enhancement Therapy

n/a

n/a

Varies, often weekly

Capo By The Sea

Varies

Psychotherapy / Counseling; Group Therapy

CBT, Family Therapy, Mindfulness

Not Specified

Not Specified

Not Specified

The Control Center

Varies; 30 days through 6 months

Psychotherapy / Counseling; Group Therapy; Medically-Based Detox

CBT, DBT, EMDR, others

No

5 days per week, 5 hours per day total (both group and individual)

5 days per week, 5 hours per day total (both group and individual)

Crescend Health

Varies

Psychotherapy / Counseling; Group Therapy; Family Therapy

Strengths-Based Therapy; Mindfulness

No

Once per week or more

Once per month or more

Oakwood Family Treatment Centers

Varies

Psychotherapy / Counseling; Group Therapy; Family Therapy

CBT, DBT, Family Systems

No

Once per month family therapy; more frequent individually

Once per week or more

CLARE Foundation

Varies

Psychotherapy / Counseling; Group Therapy; Family Therapy

CBT, DBT, Mindfulness

Not Specified

Not Specified

Not Specified

Inpatient Dual Diagnosis Treatment Centers in California

  1. Practical Recovery
    A San Diego, CA-based rehab center focused on non 12-Step healing of substance and process addictions from the founder of SMART Recovery.
  2. Strength-Based Spiritual Recovery
    Based in Irvine, CA, this program offers behavioral therapy for addiction with a spirituality and mindfulness emphasis.
  3. Serenity Malibu
    A luxury Malibu CA 12 Step Alternative program using “SMART Recovery” and intensive one-on-one psychotherapy.
  4. Inspire Malibu
    Another non 12 Step Malibu, CA-based rehab that offers therapies including Motivational Enhancement Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, and neurofeedback
  5. The AToN Center
    Located in San Diego CA, this program is a SMART Recovery and 12 Step Alternative with an optional 12 Step component.
  6. Addiction Therapeutic Services
    A residential addiction treatment center in Palm Springs, CA including individual therapy, mindfulness groups, and spiritual care.
  7. New Found Life
    A 12 Step based residential addiction treatment center in Long Beach CA including counseling, family care, and living skills support.
  8. New Dawn Treatment Center
    This Sacramento CA-based program has extensive behavioral therapy options for adolescents and adults struggling with addiction and/or eating disorders.
  9. Harmony Place
    A residential recovery program in Woodland Hills CA that offers “neuro-engineering” brain recovery program with neuroimaging and individualized evaluations.
  10. CASA Recovery
    A personal 30-day treatment program with a holistic healing model, including psychotherapy, acupuncture, and energy work.

Inpatient Dual Diagnosis Options in California Summary

Name

Program Length

Addiction Treatment Modality

Mental Health Modality

Cohort-Based (Y/N)

Amount of Individual Counseling

Amount of Group Counseling

Practical Recovery

Flexible; may be 28 days or less

Psychotherapy / Counseling; Group Therapy; Family Therapy

CBT, DBT, EMDR

No

2 sessions / day

Not Specified

Strength-Based Spiritual Recovery

Not Specified

Psychotherapy / Counseling; Group Therapy; Family Therapy

CBT, DBT, Anger Management

Yes

Not Specified; mostly group-based

Not Specified; mostly group-based

Serenity Malibu

Not Specified

Psychotherapy / Counseling; Group Therapy; Family Therapy; Medically-Based Detox

Family Therapy, Hypnotherapy, Trauma Therapy

No

Not Specified

Not Specified

Inspire Malibu

30-90 days

Psychotherapy / Counseling; Group Therapy; Family Therapy; Medically-Based Detox

CBT, MET, DBT

No

Not Specified

Not Specified

The AToN Center

30-90 days

12 Step Alternative; Medically-Based Detox

CBT

No

Daily; time not specified

Daily; time not specified

Addiction Therapeutic Services

Varies; flexible scheduling

Psychotherapy / Counseling; Group Therapy; Family Therapy

DBT

Yes

Weekly; time not specified

Approximately 3-4 hours/day

New Found Life

Two weeks

Psychotherapy / Counseling

Not Specified

Yes

Not Specified

Not Specified

New Dawn Treatment Center

30, 60, or 90 days

Psychotherapy / Counseling; Group Therapy; Family Therapy; Medically-Based Detox

ACT, DBT, CBT

No

2-3x/week, time not specified

Not Specified

Harmony Place

5-7 days or longer

Psychotherapy / Counseling; Group Therapy; Couples Therapy

DBT, CBT, MET

No

Daily; time not specified

Daily; time not specified

CASA Recovery

30, 60, or 90 day programs

Psychotherapy / Counseling; Group Therapy; Family Therapy; Medically-Based Detox

CBT

Yes

Not Specified

5-7 hours/day

The Clearing (that’s us!)

28 days

Spiritual Psychology / Dual Diagnosis Treatment

Object Relations, Reality Therapy, Rational Emotive Therapy, NLP, Gestalt, and more.

Yes

120+ hours over 28 days

Approximately 2-3 hours/day

Not All Dual Diagnosis Treatment is Created Equal

Once you’ve narrowed down your list of recovery programs to a few top choices, you can start making phone calls. When you do, be sure to keep in mind the key criteria for true Dual Diagnosis treatment and ask questions such as:

  • Do you treat addiction and mental health issues in a holistic manner? If so, can you give specific examples?
  • Does your program effectively address the underlying core issues that fuel and drive addictive behaviors? If so, how?
  • Do you teach participants about the addictive cycle and how to break free from it for good?
  • How many individual counseling hours with a qualified mental health professional does each participant receive?

Remember, you don’t have to choose the first program you contact. If you get the sense that a program is giving you pat answers and neglecting the essentials of dual diagnosis treatment, keep looking. Selecting the right treatment program is a huge step toward recovery, so choose wisely.

For more information on The Clearing's approach to Dual Diagnosis, download our free eBook, Healing Underlying Core Issues:

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Caroline McGraw

This post was written by Caroline McGraw

In addition to her work as "the voice of The Clearing", Caroline Garnet McGraw writes about getting past perfect and rising up real at A Wish Come Clear. Visit and receive a free copy of Getting Real & Letting Go: A Collection of Quotes for Recovering Perfectionists.

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