Suffering from mental health issues can leave a person feeling isolated, but in fact, almost a quarter of all Arizonians have experienced mental illness in the past year. Our addiction and mental health specialists can help people with moderate to severe mental illness recover from addiction to any unhealthy substance or behavior. Whatever reason you have for looking into treatment options, Camelback Recovery has a dual diagnosis program in Arizona to get you or your loved one back on the path to a healthy life.

What Is a Dual Diagnosis?

When a person experiences addiction with co-occurring mental health issues, they’re considered to have a dual diagnosis. The symptoms of mental illness and substance abuse can be very similar, including:

  • Mood swings
  • Sleep disturbances
  • Erratic behavior
  • Isolation and withdrawal from friends and family
  • Paranoid ideations and delusions
  • Visual or audible hallucinations
  • Difficulty focusing on tasks

Individuals with dual diagnoses need specialized care from an experienced mental health professional who also understands substance use disorders. At Camelback Recovery, we offer dual diagnosis treatment in Arizona through outpatient programs as well as virtual coaching and luxury sober living.


We can help you achieve permanent sobriety that gives you your life back. Call to learn more about our therapy options in Phoenix, AZ.

Addiction Treatment

While not everyone with a substance abuse problem also faces mental illness, we know that over 17 million Americans do. Depending on the type and severity of the disorder, people may choose to self-medicate with various substances to alleviate some of their symptoms. For example, a depressed person may turn to substances or harmful behaviors like gambling to feel happy. Because the effects are temporary, they have to repeatedly engage in unhealthy behavior, leading to an addiction.

Those with personal factors like a family history of mental illness or addiction can be especially vulnerable to substance abuse disorders. Alcoholism and drug addiction can be particularly hard to deal with when they’re experienced along with a mental illness such as bipolar disorder. This combination of issues requires dual diagnosis treatment that can address the substance abuse disorder along with any existing mental disorders. Camelback Recovery dual diagnosis treatment centers helps people struggling with addiction to the following substances as well as co-occurring mental disorders:

Mental Health Disorders

The National Institute of Mental Health reported in 2020 that nearly 53 million Americans were living with some form of mental illness, or one in five. Though mental illness treatment programs dramatically increase the success of living independently, unfortunately, less than half of these people seek treatment. There are a range of influences that affect an individual’s chances of developing mental health disorders, such as family history and genetic predisposition, environmental factors and adverse childhood experiences (ACEs). Camelback dual diagnosis recovery center recovery experts treat clients experiencing mental disorders such as:

  • Social anxiety disorder and other forms of anxiety and panic disorders
  • Depression, including postpartum and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
  • Bipolar disorder, borderline personality disorder and schizophrenia
  • Autism spectrum disorders and obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD)
  • Eating disorders and behavioral issues such an addiction to sex, video games or gambling
  • Addiction to drugs or alcohol
  • Self-injury (such as cutting or hair pulling)
  • Trauma

According to research, addiction and mental health disorders go hand in hand. About half of people living with a substance abuse problem experience a co-occurring mental health issue, and about half of those with a mental health condition report self-medicating with drug or alcohol use. While the problem is unfortunately common, everyone’s needs are different. Among the numerous evidence-based therapies used for dual diagnosis at Camelback Recovery treatment center, clients are helped through:

  • Individual talk therapy
  • Family therapy
  • Past trauma-focused cognitive
  • behavioral therapy (CBT)
  • Coaching in life skills
  • Sober companions
  • Group therapy, including 12-step substance abuse programs like AA/NA
  • Dialectical behavior therapy (DBT)
  • Medication management
  • Motivational interviewing
  • Healthy meal services

Partial Hospitalization Program (PHP)

Clients participating in partial hospitalization utilize a more structured program with daily therapy that allows them to continue working or going to school. People in a PHP are experiencing mental health disorders or co-occurring disorders that interfere with their daily life but aren’t severe enough to require full hospitalization. Otherwise known as day treatment, these programs require several hours of participation daily. These individuals may experience co-occurring disorders such as alcohol abuse but are highly motivated to recover, have a strong support network and are able to live independently.

Once completing a mental health PHP, clients can move up into the intensive outpatient treatment program, then to ongoing recovery support. The Camelback Recovery treatment center support team creates treatment plans tailored to each individual’s treatment needs.

Intensive Outpatient (IOP) Treatment

The intensive outpatient program (mental health IOP) serves as a bridge between inpatient, partial hospitalization, and resuming normal life activities. Meeting for three hours a day, three days a week, clients receive individual therapy, relapse prevention training and occupational therapy. Some of the methods used include family behavior therapy, CBT and DBT. IOP typically lasts for one to three months, and those who find they need more help after completing the program can elect to move into residential sober living for a higher level of support.

Regardless of the best approach to take to treat co-occurring disorders, the Camelback Recovery treatment center works with clients’ insurance to help cover medical costs for those with dual diagnoses who need both mental health and addiction treatment. Insurance providers we work with include:

  • Aetna
  • United Healthcare
  • Multiplan
  • Cigna
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Magellan

Sober Living

Once you’ve completed your journey through your dual diagnosis treatment program, you’ll need to readjust to normal life without substances. Living with a dual diagnosis of a substance abuse disorder and a co-occurring mental health disorder can cause damage to an individual’s life, resulting in lowered self-esteem that creates a higher risk of future drug abuse. Ensure long term-sobriety by forming long-lasting habits and discovering the healthy hobbies that help keep you happy without turning to substances.

Recovering from drug or alcohol addiction is the goal of many residents at our treatment centers. However, people also seek out dual diagnosis treatment programs with residential aftercare to help with co-occurring disorders such as:

  • Mental health disorders, including schizophrenia and ADHD
  • Mood disorders like bipolar disorder
  • Anxiety, OCD, and PTSD or post-traumatic stress disorder
  • Depression
  • Eating disorders and body dysmorphia
  • Sex addiction and codependency
  • Trauma

With sober living locations all over Scottsdale, you’re sure to find the perfect place to call home while you adjust to sober living. All the homes offer a wealth of amenities and all the comforts of home as well as ongoing treatment programs, including Wi-Fi, office equipment and gym access. We have four sober houses, two for men and two for women. All aspects of everyday life are taken care of, including housekeeping and gourmet meals served family-style Monday through Friday.

These luxury sober living homes provide upscale amenities and lush surroundings, as well as easy access to the beautiful city of Scottsdale and abroad with sober transportation services. Professionally designed single and double bedrooms are spacious with extra-large pillowtop twin beds, ensuring our guests enjoy their recovery without sacrificing personal space, comfort or privacy. Outdoor areas offer fun amenities like swimming pools, BBQs, giant chess sets and badminton courts, in addition to numerous comfy seating areas around the manicured grounds. Reach out to Camelback Recovery to experience the best dual diagnosis treatment in Arizona.

Technology-Assisted Dual Diagnosis with CASA

Residents at Camelback Recovery dual diagnosis treatment centers have access to the Camelback Accountability and Support App (CASA), designed to help clients stay connected to house members and their support system. Those living with a dual diagnosis of mental illness and substance abuse issues have unique struggles and often need daily help maintaining their recovery. While the daily access to support group and experiential therapies found in sober living proves invaluable to those in recovery, the app adds another layer of communication and accountability to our dual diagnosis programs. CASA features:

  • Round-the-clock contact with their support team
  • GPS for Journey Tracking and checking into meetings
  • Education and wellness resources
  • Daily log to track successes using emoji check-ins
  • In-app messaging with the house manager
  • Access to daily recovery support groups and community-based support

Learning To Live With Addiction and Mental Illness

Detox is extremely difficult, but the hard part doesn’t end when you complete rehab. Your long-term recovery journey begins when you start to live a normal life despite dealing with mental health conditions. Every client’s long-term treatment plan focuses on:

  • Building anger management skills
  • Improving coping skills for everyday stressors and trauma
  • Life skills training
  • Relapse prevention
  • Continuing participation in individual therapy
  • Support groups
  • Medication management
  • Group therapy and family therapy
  • Ongoing psychiatric treatment

With a wide variety of evidence-based therapies, a strong support network and other resources, you can get a handle on your dual diagnosis issues for the long haul.

Recovery Support Services

With a diverse toolbox of support services, clients experience higher rates of long-term addiction recovery. Studies show that people who live in sober living facilities after exiting rehab have over a 40% higher chance of success. There’s a long list of supports available at Camelback Recovery dual diagnosis treatment centers, including:

  • Holistic case management from initial service plan creation to case closure, including health care and social services coordination
  • Recovery mentors to help you maintain your recovery goals
  • Transportation services with Sober Transport
  • Sobriety companions to help you maintain your sobriety in social situations
  • Life coaching and relapse prevention based on self-examination models that help you reframe negative thought patterns that lead to substance abuse
  • Crisis intervention with short-term and long-term assistance when your recovery is endangered by traumatic life events

Recovery Coaching

Addiction is rooted in behaviors developed over a lifetime of negative experiences. Addiction recovery requires the rewiring of your internal processes, such as thinking up healthy ways to replace your old unhealthy habits and addiction-seeking behaviors. Having a substance use disorder often means many of your routine activities revolve around finding and consuming alcohol and illicit drugs.

A recovery coach can help you figure out the feelings that led you to alcohol and drug abuse and what you can do to avoid relapsing. Part of our substance use disorder support services includes access to long-term sobriety coaching. At Camelback Recovery treatment center, clients find a variety of long-term mental health treatment options for dual diagnosis. We offer four coaching packages, all with options available for sober living residents as well as non-residents and their families.

As with every level of coaching, clients start with an initial assessment of their addiction and mental health status. Many people enter this program once they’ve completed rehab, and their progress in different areas can be applied to a comprehensive coaching plan. After goals and needs have been determined, a plan can be crafted that focuses on personal accountability and growth.

Level One coaching services include daily text messages, five 25-minute phone calls per week, daily emails and biweekly teleconferences with your extended support network. This coaching package makes room for family therapy with three family contacts a week.

The Premium level package doubles the number of in-person meetings, and provides daily phone calls in addition to text messages and network emails. This plan comes with weekly calls to whoever in your extended network you’d like to help you maintain accountability.

For individuals who want to maintain the highest standards of personal accountability in their ongoing recovery efforts, there’s the Ultimate package. Telephonic and in-person communication is provided to give clients the strength and safe space they need to process their daily stressors, with daily phone calls and meetings five times a week. Clients’ extended networks are also given the opportunity to encourage accountability with two weekly check-in calls.