Mental health in Florida and Broward County continues to cause worry, struggle, and grief. The COVID-19 lockdowns and self-quarantines in 2020 caused some people to suffer from their mental health disorders more than they did before the pandemic struck the area.

Schizoaffective disorder is a chronic mental health condition with symptoms, such as hallucinations, delusions, mania, and depression, according to the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI). It is thought that a combination of causes could bring on the development of it. These are:

  • Genetics: The disorder tends to run in families.
  • Stress: Stressful events or situations can trigger symptoms of schizoaffective disorder.
  • Drug use: Psychoactive drugs, like LSD, have been linked to this disorder.

Oakland Park, located in Broward County, Florida, is a small city with an eclectic population of people from various places. On the east, you will find white sand beaches and the sparkling Atlantic Ocean, top-notch condos, shops, and restaurants.  On the west, many neighborhoods and cultural grocery shops dot the landscape.

Broward County is quite large and a great place to live if Miami or West Palm Beach is not your jive. As more people move into Oakland Park and the county, they bring their struggles with them, whether that’s mental health disorders and/or drug use. Schizoaffective disorder is among them.

The Florida Department of Health’s Community Health Assessment 2019 report on schizophrenic disorder reports that:

  • 387 people were hospitalized in Broward County for schizophrenic disorders.
  • 7,482 people were hospitalized in the county for schizophrenic disorders.
  • Of those, 3,406 were people between the ages of 25 to 44.

Many people with schizoaffective disorder self-medicate when their symptoms are triggered or are fully experiencing them. Drugs and alcohol are common substances used to lessen the intensity of symptoms. The longer they are used, the more tolerant one becomes of the substance, and more of the substances they will want to feel the same effects as before.

This can often lead to an accidental overdose or an overdose that requires emergency care. The year 2020 was tough for everyone, and especially those struggling with schizoaffective disorder, other mental health conditions, and substance abuse. Florida as a whole had 324 fatal opioid overdoses, 378 drug overdose deaths, and 2,721 drug-related non-fatal overdose emergency department visits.

If those statistics seem dire, you may not want to know that Florida ranked last in the U.S. on mental health support. Also, NAMI Broward states that 4 million children and adolescents in Broward County struggle with a serious mental disorder that causes significant functional impairments at home, at school, and with peers.

We want you to know that schizoaffective disorder and substance abuse are both treatable disorders. There’s no need to struggle with either or both when help is available at Vista Pines Health if you live in or near Oakland Park.

Vista Pines Treatment in Oakland Park

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Vista Pines Health is a respected mental health, detox, and substance use disorder treatment facility located in Pembroke Pines, Florida. We provide evidence-based treatment and therapies for a wide range of mental health and substance use disorders. A short drive on any South Florida road will get you to needed treatment for schizoaffective disorder if you live in the Oakland Park area.

If you have been using drugs or alcohol to ease the symptoms of schizoaffective disorder and feeling like you need more of them to get relief, you may need to start with detox, which is the first step in substance use treatment.


When you are abusing drugs and alcohol, your body becomes chemically dependent on these substances. Withdrawal symptoms occur when you stop using them. Alcohol and some drugs, like benzodiazepines, can cause alarming and often dangerous withdrawal symptoms, such as seizures. Detox at Vista Pines Health is medically managed 24 hours a day and seven days per week or for as long as you are in withdrawal.

The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) states on its webpage on Types of Treatment Programs that “detoxification, the process by which the body clears itself of drugs, is designed to manage the acute and potentially dangerous physiological effects of stopping drug use.” Due to uncomfortable and possibly fatal withdrawal symptoms, medication may be used to ease discomfort and keep you medically stable. Detox may be needed for a few days or up to a week, depending on your substance use.


Once detox is complete, you will more than likely be placed in inpatient treatment. This treatment modality is best for you if you need more time to focus on your schizoaffective disorder as well as medical management for any health condition.

Inpatient treatment at Vista Pines Health is designed to give you complete privacy and total attention to you and the disorders affecting you. It is also beneficial because you will not be at home where the triggers you struggle with are present. Spending time here at our facility gives you the space and time you need to place your attention only on yourself.

Therapies you will participate in are backed by science and have been proven to be highly effective in treating people with schizoaffective disorder and substance use disorders. Together, this condition is called dual diagnosis.

Treatment Methods

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)

Cognitive behavioral therapy, commonly called CBT, is a highly effective therapy for people with schizoaffective disorder and substance use disorder. It helps you identify and manage specific challenges in your life. CBT sessions are usually shorter than those of other therapy types, and they’re also structured, per Mayo Clinic.

CBT is beneficial for:

  • Managing mental illness symptoms
  • Preventing relapse of mental illness symptoms
  • Identifying different ways of managing emotions
  • Treating mental illness when medication is not the best option
  • Coping with loss or grief
  • Overcoming emotional trauma that relates to violence or abuse
  • Managing chronic medical symptoms

CBT sessions are greatly useful in helping you:

  • Identify challenging conditions or situations in your life, determining which ones to work on
  • Become more aware of your emotions, thoughts, and beliefs and finding new ways to see these challenges and cope with them
  • Recognizing negative and inaccurate thinking and learning how to change those thoughts
  • Reframe or reshape negative thinking

Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)

Dialectical behavior therapy is a modality used to teach you new skills in managing painful emotions and decreasing conflict in relationships, and we offer this at Vista Pines Health. It employs therapeutic skills in four main areas, as Psychology Today notes:

  • Mindfulness: Learning how to accept and be present in the current moment
  • Distress tolerance: Learning how to increase your tolerance of negative emotions rather than escape from them.
  • Emotion regulation: Learning strategies to manage and change the intense emotions causing problems in your life
  • Interpersonal effectiveness: Learning new ways to communicate with others that are assertive and helps you maintain self-respect.

Dual Diagnosis

Dual diagnosis is when you are diagnosed with schizoaffective disorder and substance use disorder. It is quite common that an individual can be addicted to drugs or alcohol and have a mental health disorder, too. We at Vista Pines Health are well-experienced in treating people with dual diagnosis. You cannot treat one and not the other. We address both disorders during your individualized treatment so that you can reap maximum benefits during your recovery.

Schizoaffective Disorder Treatment in Oakland Park FAQ

We know you may still have questions about schizoaffective disorder treatment at Vista Pines Health. There may be some barriers to seeking treatment if you live in or near Oakland Park. Our FAQ section below aims to answer the questions we hear most often. If there is a particular question we haven’t answered, we welcome you to contact us.

How Long Is Rehab?

Every person admitted has their own unique background and needs. Your needs will be different from those of others in rehab. Research has found that most people with addiction need at least 90 days (three months) in rehab to greatly reduce or stop drug abuse. Sometimes, the best outcomes occur when in rehab longer, as indicated by NIDA. Treating schizoaffective disorder and addiction takes time in order for rehab to be truly effective for you.

Does Vista Pines Health Provide Transportation?

If you reside in the South Florida area, we may be able to arrange transportation to our facility in Pembroke Pines. If you live out of state or are from other parts of Florida, not near us, we can provide transportation to and from nearby airports.

How Much Does Schizoaffective Disorder Treatment Cost?

Schizoaffective disorder treatment costs vary. The cost of treatment depends on the type of facility you attend, medications given, amenities received, and other factors. Treatment costs generally run from a few thousand dollars to several thousand dollars. We know this can be one of the steepest hurdles to getting help. However, there are different ways in which treatment can be paid, such as insurance and payment plans. We are happy to work with you in finding the best way to pay for treatment.

Do I Have to Travel?

Quite frankly, yes, you will have to travel.

What Insurance Carriers Does Vista Pines Health Take?

We accept most of the major insurance plans available and are in-network with some of them, which might save you a significant amount of money. Give us a call so we can verify your insurance.

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