The term “Hybrid” is defined as something created by combining two different elements. In the field of addiction and mental health treatment, hybrid shows up in several different places. A dual diagnosis or co-occurring disorder is a condition where a person exhibits both a mental illness and addiction to drugs or alcohol at the same time.
Treatment for a psychological illness or addiction can be in the form of psychotherapy or pharmacotherapy. Using one or the other can result in a successful outcome, but evidence has shown that when both are used together, the outcomes are even better.
Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT), or Pharmacotherapy as it’s sometimes called, is a form of treatment for substance abuse addiction and mental illness that incorporates a pharmacological component. When combined with complementary psychotherapies, treatment for substance abuse has shown to be much more effective than with only one or the other used alone.
According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), Pharmacotherapy is effective for improving the health of substance abusers in many ways when used in a comprehensive plan including:
At Inspire Malibu, we call the synergistic combination of psychotherapy with pharmacotherapeutics a Hybrid Treatment Model because it merges two different forms of treatment into one comprehensive plan with increased success.
Of course, each person has a unique set of circumstances and underlying issues that require an individualized treatment plan. Some respond well to psychotherapies such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral, or Motivational Enhancement Therapy, and several others.
Other people require Agonist or Antagonist Therapies such as Naltrexone, Suboxone, Vivitrol, and others to help break through the initial cycle of addiction, and are then tapered off.
TMS Therapy or Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation Therapy, is another form of treatment for depression, anxiety, bipolar, and similar disorders that is non-invasive and works better for some people than medication.
By incorporating a Hybrid Model of Treatment, we’ve found that using a combination of two or more therapies together, our clients not only respond to treatment sooner, but outcomes are longer lasting.
All of our clients are given a complete and thorough assessment by a qualified psychologist and addiction specialist before beginning any treatment begins. After the assessment, a comprehensive regimen is put together that will be used for the duration of their treatment.
Our multidimensional Hybrid approach successfully treats not only alcohol and substance abuse, but also any co-occurring disorders such as depression, bipolar, anxiety, OCD and PTSD.
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