Our Clinical Approach
Recovery doesn’t just take place on a conceptual basis. You must also learn to land in your body again, feel your emotions, and heal from the inside out. Recognizing the indisputable connection between body and mind, our highly credentialed treatment services staff uses an integrative approach to treatment. We draw on traditional, evidence-based therapies like cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) and acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT) as well as experiential approaches like yoga, psychodrama, and expressive art therapy.
Your specific treatment plan will be individualized to your most pressing clinical needs as well as your preferences, goals, and life experiences.
The Core Ideals Driving Our Clinical Approach
Many of our clients have a limited perception of what safety means to them. Clients with a trauma history tend to experience skewed forms of trust. It is our goal to re-establish the development of safety in various ways throughout treatment at South Coast.
No two clients are alike, which is why your participation is needed and your suggestions are encouraged so that we can build out a truly life-changing treatment plan together.
As clinicians, our learning process is never-ending. We value staying informed with new findings and approaches that could impact our knowledge, helping us to treat you more effectively. Our clinical team is highly motivated to stay current in our therapeutic communities.
We take a collaborative approach, because there is no one that knows you better than you know yourself. Your input matters, and it will help us learn more about you and provide the best treatment possible to you
Not only our clinicians can provide therapeutic experiences, which is why we highly value the community-based system we provide. In addition to your therapist, you will be sharing a home with your peers. Like a built-in network, your peers are there to recover but also provide the opportunity of experiencing recovery together. We can say you are not alone, but this way— we are showing you that you never have to be. Connection is key in recovery, and our community proves it.
We apply our distinctive clinical philosophy in treatment during all levels of care that we offer here at South Coast. In leading the way for true recovery to happen, we wish for all of our clients to trust in sobriety, having done the work to build a strong foundational knowledge of themselves, connection to a community, and acknowledgment of any future obstacles to wellness and how to counteract them.
A Comprehensive and Integrative Approach
South Coast offers a full continuum of care that includes sub-acute medical detox services, residential treatment, partial hospitalization, and intensive outpatient. We are a culturally sensitive, evidence-based treatment center that blends traditional and holistic approaches to address the physical, emotional, and spiritual wounds of addiction.
Our Clinical Approach
Our programming at South Coast can take on different therapeutic intentions. We view the recovery process from a perspective of our care organized into three pillars. Our therapeutic intentions shift as client’s reach another ‘pillar’ of the recovery process within our full continuum of care.
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Medication Management for Co-Occurring Mental Health Disorders
Dual Diagnosis Treatment
Dual diagnosis treatment services build healthy habits for our clients through full-service psychiatric care alongside substance use disorder treatment, for a sustainable recovery.
Our Clinical Philosophy
South Coast Behavioral Health takes an integrative holistic approach to your healing, meaning we provide recovery to your mind, body, and spirit. We use traditional and comprehensive treatment methods to accomplish this. South Coast is a trauma-focused clinical environment that aims to treat the underlying motivators to the behavior of substance abuse.
We treat the condition of your mind by first assessing you for any disorders that may be co-occurring with your substance abuse. By treating mental conditions simultaneously with your alcohol or substance use disorder, you will be able to find true healing without the confusion of continued symptoms from either disorder. Our dual diagnosis treatment allows for clarity of the mind and helps you feel better, faster. Some symptoms from mental health disorders can appear similar to symptoms experienced as a result of substance use disorders, therefore, it is always our first step to assess and evaluate your symptoms to trace it back to the true condition. From this starting point, we employ a variety of behavioral therapy methods in addition to psychiatric sessions and medication management for your co-occurring disorder(s).
We place a high value on the condition of our client’s mental health because it gives us a greater understanding of the behavior of substance abuse. Without focusing on our client’s mental health, we cannot understand the motivations behind their drug or alcohol abuse. Our primary objective in the clinical work we do at South Coast is to establish the ‘why’— why our clients began using drugs or alcohol. This ‘why’ is most important, and takes precedence over understanding the reason our clients continued to use substances despite the negative consequences it brought. Most often, individuals struggling with addiction initially start using drugs or alcohol as a coping mechanism. Why they need to cope is what we need to treat. These underlying reasons that motivate drug or alcohol abuse, if left untreated, can trigger a relapse or other maladaptive coping mechanisms to form.
We treat the condition of your body by providing medical treatment around the clock, in the form of doctors and nurses that specialize in addiction medicine. Our goal in your medical treatment is to efficiently detox your system from any and all substances, returning your body back to equilibrium. We prioritize your health, needs, underlying conditions, and your best interest during this process.
We treat the condition of your spirit in offering a myriad of experiential therapies and providing opportunities to connect with yourself and others in an authentic way.
We view our treatment at South Coast as a pivoting point for individuals who would like to maintain long-term sobriety. Addiction recovery is an ongoing process, it is our job to provide the safe space and lay the path that you will continue down the road in long-term sobriety.
We give you access to clinicians with no exceptions, because when we say we are by your side— we mean it. Your clinical needs will be met 24/7. We understand what you’re going through during early and extended recovery, which is why we are attentive to your needs and expressed concerns from the moment you become a client. We believe in the power of healing through a strong connection with your therapist. Our hope is for each therapy session to provide insight and a renewed sense of ambition. Our expectation is that you remain open, honest, and willing to make the changes that support the treatment plan we will devise together.
Holistic and Wellness Services
Nutrition and Wellness
Our nutrition services help you learn healthier nutrition habits while incorporating your personal dietary needs. You can also participate in a variety of therapeutic exercises to improve your overall wellness including physical activities, yoga, and mindfulness-based skills training. These services help you to reduce stress and anxiety, enhance self-esteem, and manage triggers in a healthy way.
Yoga as Therapy
Research suggests that the practice of yoga modulates the stress response. Mental health and physical health are not just closely allied but are essentially equivalent. Yoga uses stretching, balance, poses, and breathing to help you stay centered in the present moment and release physical tension and stress tied to emotions.
Expressive Art Therapy
Creating art gives you a way to express emotions and thoughts that you find difficult to put into words. It can serve as a way to calm yourself, manage emotions, and as a creative outlet and an ongoing coping skill in recovery. Art therapy may include painting, collages, coloring, photography, drawings, and clay.
Music therapy can help you express yourself, reduce stress, and improve your mood. In music therapy you may listen to or play music, make playlists, write music or lyrics, improvise, or communicate through songs. No previous music ability is needed.
Mindfulness and Breathwork
We offer mindfulness through breathwork as well as movement and meditation. Mindfulness can provide a personal, powerful, and transformational experience that supports acceptance, staying grounded, and being in the moment.
Evidence-Based Clinical Programming
Our evidence-based practices provide tested and true clinical approaches for our clients. Clinicians will use a wide range of therapeutic methods to offer healing in the most optimal way for each individual client. Because our programs are individualized, your treatment plan can include the therapy types that most resonate with your learning style and meet your needs specifically.
Here Is What Our Alumni Have to Say!
... I’m so glad I came here and got a second chance at life. Being here helped me grow as a person, and also get my kids back. I have the greatest clinical team I could ever ask for, every staff member there works hard an does what ever they need to to help us stay sober an stay on this right path we are on. If you want to get clean an sober this is the place to come!!!
I’m currently doing the program. After 20 years of using drugs and alcohol this team of professionals has helped me figure out why I was using and are giving me the tools to better my life. SCBH has saved my life and I would recommend this facility to everyone currently suffering from addiction/mental illness.
This place has saved my life it has helped me overcome the difficult things I faced in my life that would cause me to relapse and play a victim but this place has helped me push through those tough times and showed me I can face hard things while staying sober and accountable plus the staff is so amazing operation staff really cares and does all they can to help and make you feel important