Our Dual Diagnosis Residential Treatment Program opened in 1971 in a beautiful Victorian located in a lovely North Berkeley neighborhood. Originally, this was designed to be a residential treatment alternative to hospitalization for people diagnosed with serious mental health disorders.
In 1991, in response to the increased number of people living with mental illnesses who had also developed substance use disorders, we transformed our programs to provide specialized services to meet their complex needs. Their serious psychiatric symptoms, in combination with drug or alcohol abuse often made it difficult for people to get the care they needed in either traditional mental health or substance abuse treatment programs. People would go back and forth between the two systems unsuccessfully for years, without getting effective help.
Our program is unique in that it is specifically designed to treat both disorders concurrently, with staff cross-trained in both mental health and substance abuse intervention and recovery. For over twenty-five years, we have been at the forefront of evidence-based Integrated Dual Diagnosis Treatment practices and are considered a leader in the field, both locally and nationally. We are committed to the principles of dual recovery. We know that when research-based practices are provided, in a respectful partnership with clients and their families, recovery from both disorders is possible and attainable.
Though placement at our program is in high demand, we do have the capacity to accept private referrals. Costs must be paid by individuals directly, but you can check with your insurance carrier to see if they will reimburse you for the cost of services. Please feel free to contact us for you or your loved one to see if we have availability. Together, we can work towards re-establishing a life with a future, with hope, and with dreams that are achievable.
At Bonita House, we actively solicit feedback from those we serve in order to ensure the quality and effectiveness of our programs. Please click here for the most recent results of our Client Satisfaction Surveys for the Residential Program.
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(510) 526- 4765 x105
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