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Mental health disorders are diagnosable medical conditions that interfere with an individual’s feelings, moods, thinking patterns, relationships with others and ability to function normally on a day-to-day basis. Many people who suffer from a mental health disorder find it difficult to cope with the ordinary demands and responsibilities of everyday life, such as work, school, accomplishing tasks or relating to other people.
But despite the difficulties they cause, mental health disorders are relatively common. According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, nearly 45 million American adults were living with a diagnosed mental illness as of 2016. These disorders affect adults, teens, children, men and women alike, ranging from anxiety and depression to obsessive-compulsive or bipolar disorders. Some people who have mental health disorders can manage their illness with medication, while others require long-term therapy or more intensive methods to help them in day-to-day life.
The good news is that treatment is available for all types of mental health disorders, and that with the right treatment for your disorder and your situation, recovery and long-term management of your illness is possible. At Avalon Malibu, we treat a number of mental health disorders and related issues. We are one of the only residential treatment centers in California that are qualified to treat mental health and psychiatric illnesses where these concerns are the primary diagnosis. We focus on treating our mental health clients by teaching them ways to cope with daily life and helping them take control of their disorder. We also treat a number of other disorders and addictions — such as substance abuse and addiction, eating disorders and any of these disorders with a dual diagnosis (such as co-occurring depression and alcohol abuse).
Despite their prevalence, mental health disorders still come with a stigma. People don’t like to talk about them, and if you struggle with a mental health disorder you may feel ashamed or unwilling to admit that you need to seek treatment. At Avalon Malibu, we know that you are more than your mental illness, and that you are strong enough to find ways to take control of your mind instead of letting it control you. We aim to use therapeutic recovery techniques that will give you the tools you need to live your day-to-day life without feeling hindered by your mental health disorder. We focus on healing your whole self, both physically and mentally, so that you have all the confidence you need when you leave our programs.
Our mental health treatment facility, The Grand House, is a tranquil, comforting environment on waterfront property in beautiful Malibu, California. When you seek treatment with us, you can let the calming sound of the waves, the fresh ocean air and the privacy of our luxury accommodations relax you as you find your way back to health. Our expert treatment staff are always accessible and our on-site programs make your journey to recovery as easy as possible. We offer a range of therapies including group therapy, individual therapy, family workshops, nutritional counseling and holistic treatments to help you find a balance of options that work for you.
At Avalon Malibu, we are able to treat a wide range of mental health disorders, including:
Sometimes, mental health disorders go untreated or are even misdiagnosed. Because of this, many individuals find their own ways to cope with their issues and illnesses, often “self-medicating” with drugs and/or alcohol. Some patients are provided with a prescription drug to help with their illness, but they don’t always take the medicine as prescribed — many end up abusing the drug, which can lead to addiction and other problems.
In addition, long-term substance abuse can drastically alter brain chemistry. When the body becomes accustomed to functioning with an intoxicant in its system, the brain starts to function in a different way than it did before regular drug or alcohol use. This can lead to depression, anxiety or compulsive disorders forming in those who may not have had them before their battle with substance abuse or addiction.
For these reasons, it is not uncommon for someone to have a dual diagnosis of substance abuse or addiction and a mental health disorder. In order for someone with co-occurring diagnoses to fully recover and go on to live a fulfilled life, it is vital to heal the underlying issues that lead to the bigger problems. Generally this starts with the treatment of the mental health disorders and leads to care for drug and alcohol abuse.
It is important to seek treatment for both diagnoses at once, and it is highly recommended that you do so at a treatment facility licensed for both concerns. When you receive treatment for everything that is ailing you, you will be much better equipped to stay on your path of recovery for the rest of your life.
If you believe that you or your loved one would benefit from a mental health disorder treatment program, you should not hesitate to seek help. Sustainable therapies like the ones we offer at Avalon Malibu can make a lasting difference in your life, even if you have not been able to manage your disorder with other treatments. We approach every client as an individual, understanding their story and their illness on a personal level to provide exactly what each person needs to heal. To learn more about the mental health treatment programs we offer in Malibu, California, we invite you to contact us as soon as you are ready to begin your recovery. Call Avalon Malibu today at 1-844-579-7645 to find out if our programs might be right for you. Our helpful staff is ready to help you find lifelong recovery.