Dual Diagnosis Treatment


A deeper level of healing

The most important aspect of dual diagnosis treatment is that it assists to heal the whole person, not just the addiction which is often a symptom of an underlying issue. We see trauma as being at the core of many physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual imbalances that our clients are experiencing. The Bay Method provides a gentle disentanglement from these wounds from the past.

Within a framework of addressing trauma first and foremost, we create a safe, supportive environment, where we combine the environment, a culture of warmth and nurture and a philosophy that addiction and trauma can be truly healed.

This includes attending to the brain chemistry, nutrition, the medical and the psychological conditions, plus providing a friendly atmosphere and relaxing physical surroundings. We believe that, until a deeper level of healing is reached, the chance of relapse is greater because the actual root cause of the addiction has not been dealt with.

Defining Dual Diagnosis

Dual Diagnosis is used to describe a person who is experiencing both a mental health disorder and substance use problem such as alcohol and/or drug addiction. These co-occurring issues require integrated treatment for recovery to be sustainable.

Conditions occur together in around 50 percent of presentations of people who have a mental health disorder will often have a substance use disorder at some point in their lives and vice versa. The interactions of the two conditions can worsen both.

Most commonly in dual diagnosis, a substance issue, such as opiate addiction and/or alcohol dependence, will occur alongside a mental health issue such as depression or anxiety, and this in turn may actually be the result of an underlying mental health condition such as PTSD, Bipolar Disorder, or Clinical Depression.

Although it is not always clear which came first, the impact of the co-occurring disorders can feel overwhelming and insurmountable.

At The Bay, we provide expert support to assess, uncover and work through co-occurring disorders that are impacting mental health in a compassionate, peaceful and nurturing environment.

The Relationship Between Mental Illness and Substance Use (Otherwise known as Dual-Diagnosis)

Substance abuse and mental illness have a complex history. It can be difficult to identify which condition is present first. Researchers suggest three possibilities for why they occur simultaneously.

  • Common risk factors including genetics, stress, and trauma may contribute to both mental disorders and substance use disorders.
  • Mental health disorders like depression, anxiety or PTSD can contribute to drug use and substance use disorders. For example, someone with a PTSD may use drugs or alcohol to alleviate the way they feel. This is known as self-medicating. Mental health disorders may also change the brain functioning, which may predispose an individual to developing a dependency and/or addiction.
  • In other cases, the alcohol or drug dependency is the primary condition which, over a considerable length of time, can lead to depression, anxiety and other severe mental health conditions. For example, psychosis is a common result of methamphetamine misuse.

Bipolar Disorder and Alcohol Use Disorder

Bipolar disorder and alcohol use disorder, sometimes called alcoholism, often occur together. It is thought that genetic traits may influence the way the brain responds to alcohol and that those with bipolar disorder may drink to ease the symptom or because their judgement is impaired by mania that appears as part of the condition. Unfortunately, each disorder can worsen the symptoms and severity of the other.

A Personalised Treatment Plan for Dual Diagnosis

Regardless of the cause, the first step is to detoxify your system of addictive substances. At The Bay we assess your primary condition, then explore any underlying causes or mental health concerns.

Upon arrival, any withdrawal symptoms will be addressed and respectfully managed during the supported detox program. A treatment team of doctors, nurses, and therapists will visit your private residence and will be on hand to ensure a safe and comfortable detox.

As the substances leave the body and strength returns, psychotherapy sessions can begin.

A variety of holistic treatments, such as yoga, massage, acupuncture, and meditation, are introduced as your wellbeing improves. These mindfulness modalities enhance recovery by helping to teach new ways to manage feelings of anxiety and stress and to integrate previously overwhelming emotions.


What our guests say

I have attended other programs and felt overlooked due to the needs of the more complex clients that were in the program. At The Bay I was the focus of the team and gained a greater understanding of my situation… to make the changes required to live the life I wanted.

Having a psychology background I was very particular about what I was looking for, I didn’t want group therapy because I was at a point where I knew I needed individual therapy… it has been five months since I left The Bay, it has changed my life.

I have been in treatment before but couldn’t seem to achieve the changes I wanted. The compassion shown to me by the incredible team at The Bay has taught me to set boundaries with others, allowed me to re-align my expectations of myself and others and live the life I have been craving.

The compassion shown to me by the incredible team at the bay has taught me to set boundaries with others, allowed me to re-align my expectations of myself and others and finally live the life I have been craving for many years.

My wife found The Bay after doing a lot of research looking at programs all over the world. Treatment centres here in the US are very different! My life has changed in so many ways and I continue to stay clean and sober, thank you for all you have done.