According to the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), in 2019, 51.5 million Americans were living with a mental illness, yet only around 50% of people received any form of treatment for their condition. Untreated mental health disorders increase the risk of developing:
- Substance use disorder
- More severe symptoms and side effects
- Chronic stress leading to physical ailments like heart disease or stroke
- Additional mental health disorders
SoCal Mental Health offers private residential care and crisis stabilization where individuals with mental health disorders can get the necessary treatment. We pride ourselves on providing the best service to every client.
The SoCal Mental Health facility is licensed by the Department of Social Services and certified by the Mental Health division of the Department of Health. Our skilled clinical team is trained to recognize and treat a wide variety of disorders. Learn more about how we create a treatment plan by visiting our Admissions page.
Identifying Undiagnosed Mental Health Disorders
Most of our clients have an undiagnosed pre-existing mental health disorder. However, some individuals with no history of mental illness may experience acute onset due to unexpected trauma, stress, or injury. When you come to SoCal Mental Health for an assessment, our experienced staff will identify any possible undiagnosed disorders and determine how best to approach your treatment.
Undiagnosed mental health disorders can be difficult to identify in individuals with a substance use disorder (SUD). In these cases, we will monitor your recovery for signs of any additional complications. We may refer you to another program better suited to treat your condition, depending on your mental health assessment.
Common Health Side Effects and Symptoms
Individuals who can recognize the common side effects and symptoms of chronic or acute mental distress can avoid being blindsided by a mental health crisis. Treatment and long-term recovery are easier to navigate when clients understand more about their condition.
A few common side effects and symptoms of mental health disorders include the following:
- Changes in eating patterns, including unusual weight gain or weight loss
- Insomnia, night terrors, or other sleep disturbances
- Paranoid thoughts or behaviors
- Confusion and difficulty making decisions
- Unusual changes in mood
- Risk-taking behaviors, including unsafe sexual practices and substance abuse
- Notable lack of hygiene, including an unkempt appearance
- Difficulty keeping up with personal or work responsibilities
- Inability to complete daily tasks or cope with stressful situations
- Thoughts or ideations about harming oneself or others
Mental Health Disorders We Treat
Most of our clients are transitioning from inpatient hospitalization. However, we do not require a referral from a hospital for you to receive treatment through SoCal Mental Health. Our community residential treatment system (CRTS) ensures you get the support you need to heal from the effects of your mental health disorder.
We provide compassionate care and evidence-based treatment for the following list of mental health disorders:
If you do not have a diagnosed mental health condition but are experiencing some form of a mental health crisis, our admissions team will assess our ability to assist you and provide you with resource information.
What Are Co-Occurring Disorders?
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) reports that “approximately 9.2 million adults in the United States have a co-occurring disorder.” People who fit the criteria for both substance use disorder (SUD) and mental health disorders may have co-occurring disorders.
Commonly misused substances include:
- Illicit or prescription drugs, including stimulants, hallucinogens, depressants, and opioids
Many people who are diagnosed with a mental health disorder also have co-occurring conditions. A diagnosis of a mental health disorder alongside a substance use disorder changes how your treatment will progress due to several factors, like how you react to prescription medication. SoCal Mental Health can accommodate these diagnoses and provide concurrent therapies to treat each condition simultaneously.
Developing a Treatment Plan
Treating mental health and substance use disorders requires a plan of action. Our experts work with each client to assess their unique situation and develop treatment and rehabilitation plans that will meet one’s individual needs and preferences. SoCal Mental Health uses a goal-oriented approach and progress reports to motivate change and celebrate successes.
Psychotherapy is an evidence-based therapy, often known as “talk therapy” used to treat mental health and substance use disorders (SUDs). This type of therapy can be performed on a group, couple, family, or individual basis. Treatment objectives can be determined through a collaborative effort between the therapist and client.
Types of psychotherapy include:
- Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
- Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)
- Acceptance & Commitment Therapy (ACT)
- Accelerated Resolution Therapy (ART)
Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT) can be used in treating mental health and substance use disorders. Medication is prescribed on an as-needed basis based on diagnosis and symptoms. Decisions regarding whether to use medication for treatment will be made with the help of mental health professionals and the medical director.
Holistic Therapy can be used as a complementary modality to traditional treatments and therapies for mental health disorders. A treatment plan will be customized to include alternative therapies based on diagnosis and symptoms. Holistic therapies can help with patients as a whole person and can offer a new outlook on life.
Types of holistic therapy include:
- Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR)
- Yoga Therapy
- Art therapy
At SoCal Mental Health, we make sure that our clients develop essential life skills to facilitate the transition from residential treatment to aftercare programs. You will be a contributing member of our residential community while you benefit from regular therapy and a healthy daily routine. Our staff is always on hand to help you work through any challenges you may face during your treatment and continuing care.
How Substance Use Disorders Complicate Treatment
SoCal Mental Health prioritizes safety and personal health. Prolonged substance abuse can permanently alter brain function and cognition, affecting how we approach treatment and therapy.
Additionally, certain substances require medication-assisted treatment (MAT) to manage withdrawal symptoms during and after detox, which may interfere with some prescriptions used to treat mental health disorders. As such, our clinical team works hard to ensure that our clients get any necessary medications and assist with medication management as needed.