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Pathways Recovery Center is committed to helping individuals achieve lasting sobriety while effectively managing their mental health symptoms. We provide individuals with an integrated treatment plan addressing their substance use disorder and mental health condition. This holistic approach and addiction treatment ensure that no aspect of their health is overlooked.

Our team of dedicated professionals is trained to deal with the complexities of dual diagnosis, offering comprehensive and compassionate care to those in need. When a mental health condition is left undetected or untreated during the recovery process, the risk of relapse significantly increases. More than half of individuals in the U.S. with a dual diagnosis, as stated by the National Institute on Drug Abuse, do not receive treatment for their substance use disorder or mental illness.

Pathways Recovery Center is uniquely positioned to provide this expert care. Our team of dedicated professionals is trained and equipped to help those struggling with co-occurring disorders, offering them a better chance at recovery and a brighter future.

What is Dual Diagnosis?

Dual diagnosis, also known as co-occurring disorders, is a condition where an individual simultaneously battles a mental health disorder and a substance use disorder (SUD). This overlap can significantly complicate treatment, making it necessary to address both disorders simultaneously to achieve adequate recovery.

For instance, treating a substance use disorder while neglecting the underlying mental health condition often leads to relapses since the root cause remains unresolved. SAMHSA’s 2021 National Survey on Drug Use and Health revealed that around 9.2 million adults in the US have a co-occurring disorder. Unfortunately, the majority of these individuals do not receive the comprehensive treatment necessary for both conditions.

What are Co-Occurring Disorders?

Co-occurring disorders, another term for dual diagnosis, describe a situation where a mental health disorder and a substance use disorder coexist. These overlapping issues can create a cycle of self-perpetuation, where untreated mental health issues can lead to substance misuse, and prolonged substance misuse can exacerbate mental health issues. A better understanding of these interactions allows for more effective and personalized treatment strategies.

Common Co-Occurring Disorders

SUDs often coexist with various mental health conditions. This complex scenario creates a unique set of challenges that require tailored therapeutic interventions. Among individuals with bipolar disorder, 56 percent had experienced a SUD at some point in their lives, according to available data. Below are some of the common mental health disorders that frequently co-occur with SUDs:


Individuals with depression often resort to substances like alcohol as a means of self-medication, leading to alcoholism.

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD):

PTSD is often associated with substance misuse, especially alcohol, and opioids, as individuals attempt to cope with their trauma-related symptoms.

Bipolar Disorder:

People with bipolar disorder may use substances to manage their mood swings, often leading to drug or alcohol addiction.

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD):

ADHD and stimulant misuse, such as cocaine or methamphetamine, frequently coexist.

Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD):

Individuals with BPD are often found to struggle with substance use disorders, primarily because of their intense emotional experiences and impulsivity.

Anxiety Disorders:

Anxiety disorders, including generalized anxiety disorder and panic disorder, frequently co-occur with misuse of substances such as benzodiazepines.


Schizophrenia and cannabis abuse often occur together, presenting significant challenges to treatment and recovery.
These co-occurring disorders represent just a fraction of the potential combinations that can exist. At Pathways Recovery Center, we understand these complexities and are equipped to provide comprehensive treatment for individuals battling a dual diagnosis.

Treatment Options for Dual Diagnosis in Los Angeles

At Pathways Recovery Center, we offer a comprehensive approach to dual diagnosis treatment. Our treatment plans are individualized, considering the specific disorders, their severity, the individual’s history, and their personal needs and goals.


Our journey with patients often begins with alcohol and drug detoxification. It’s a medically supervised process that helps individuals safely withdraw from the substances they have been using. Detoxification serves to minimize the potentially severe health effects of sudden cessation of use and to prepare the body and mind for the subsequent steps in the recovery process.

Residential Inpatient Rehab

After successful detoxification, patients move into the residential inpatient phase of treatment. Here, they receive 24/7 care and support, participate in various therapeutic activities, and begin learning how to live a life of sobriety. The controlled, supportive environment of residential rehab can significantly boost the chances of successful recovery, offering individuals the space to focus solely on their health and well-being. Other options for treatment can include outpatient programs if residential is not an option for individuals.

Therapeutic Methods

We employ various therapeutic techniques through our treatment model to help individuals cope with their mental health conditions and establish healthier behavior patterns. Therapies such as:  Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), and group therapy allow individuals to delve into the psychological and emotional aspects of their disorders.

Our treatment programs also incorporate holistic methods to promote overall well-being. Mindfulness techniques, art therapy, yoga, and nutrition counseling are just a few of the approaches we utilize. 

These activities help patients to rebuild their physical health, develop new hobbies and coping mechanisms, and learn how to manage stress and cravings in a healthy, constructive way.

Dual Diagnosis Treatment at Pathways Recovery Center – Los Angeles

At Pathways Recovery Center, we offer comprehensive dual diagnosis treatment. Our team of dedicated professionals, individualized approach to treatment, and a strong focus on community support ensure that our patients receive the care they need to achieve and maintain sobriety. We understand the complexities of dual diagnosis, and we are committed to guiding our patients through their recovery journey, offering them a brighter future free from the burdens of substance abuse and mental health disorders.

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Moses Nasser
Dr. Moses Nasser, a double board-certified physician in Family Medicine and Addiction Medicine, with expertise in holistic healing, addiction medicine, and psychiatric care, holds an X-waiver to prescribe buprenorphine and has extensive experience in mindfulness-based customer service and medication-assisted treatment.

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Treatment Model

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