The National Alliance On Mental Illness defines schizoaffective disorder as a chronic mental health condition characterized primarily by symptoms of schizophrenia, such as hallucinations or delusions, and symptoms of a mood disorder, such as mania and depression. People can actually develop schizoaffective disorder due to stressful situations or through the use of psychoactive drugs, such as cocaine, LSD, codeine, and mescaline.
SAMHSA (the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration) statistics say that about 8.9 million adults have what’s called a dual diagnosis or a “co-occurring disorder,” which means they have both a mental health disorder and a substance use disorder. Only 7.4 percent of people get treated for both conditions.
We deal with co-existing mental illness and addiction every day – even with complicated issues such as schizoaffective disorder. Our Co-occurring program focuses on treating both the mental health disorder and drug addiction at the same time. Psychological treatment focuses on helping a person understand their disorder and help stabilize a person’s mind to give them the space they need to become more capable of handling their problems. Our behavior-adjustment therapies help change negative thinking and behavior patterns caused by schizoaffective disorder.
We believe in an individualized approach provided by trained professionals who care. Whereas some rehabs have the idea of breaking clients down and building them back up again, we build on the strengths that the client already has and work to make them stronger and more resilient. We don’t believe in guilt trips; we believe in the healing power of recovery and the client’s capacity to change.