Overcoming Addiction and Trauma
First Step Recovery Center is capable of providing informed treatment for clients with alcohol or other substance use disorders who also suffer with mental illness, such as depression, anxiety disorder, panic disorder, PTSD, bipolar disorder, and other disorders. Many symptoms of these disorders will be improved markedly once the primary addiction is treated properly; however, we firmly believe in taking each client’s case on an individual basis and in providing whole-person care by not just treating the substance, but by also treating each individual from the High Desert and beyond as a complete being.
However, certain mental health issues such as anxiety, PTSD, and the re-experiencing of traumas might temporarily become worse in certain cases, as the numb-out induced by drugs begins to lift. It is critically important that the dually-diagnosed client has easy access to trauma-informed therapy and to experienced addiction psychiatrists and addiction medicine specialists when medication management is required.
As a matter of routine, all of our clients from Hesperia and other areas are screened for these issues upon intake, as well as for risk of harm. We are very serious at First Step Recovery Center in Victorville about treating these issues with the respect and kindness that they need and deserve.