Many people across Florida live with and manage the schizoaffective disorder, a rare mental health condition that causes psychosis and mood issues. Per a 2019 report from the Florida Department of Health’s Community Health Assessment, at least 53,000 people in the Sunshine State were receiving hospital treatment for schizophrenic disorders. In Broward County, where Pembroke Pines is located, 7,482 people were hospitalized for schizophrenic disorders, illustrating the need for medical and mental health services.

Cleveland Clinic advises that the disorder is one of four kinds of schizophrenia. If you have schizoaffective disorder but don’t know what kind, seeking treatment from a mental health professional can help. The clinic advises there is a bipolar type and a depressive type of schizoaffective disorder, but a formal diagnosis can confirm this for you.

People with schizoaffective disorder have delusions and hallucinations, and both conditions indicate a loss of touch with reality. Per the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), mania and depression are major symptoms. Low mood or sadness characterizes depression, while mania involves impulsive actions and racing thoughts. A person may also exhibit hypomania, which is a milder form of mania.

Schizoaffective disorder symptoms include:

  • Confusion
  • Paranoia (paranoid thoughts)
  • Depression
  • Irritability
  • Mania
  • Difficulty moving around as usual (catatonia)
  • Disorganized speech, verbal communication problems
  • Difficulty concentrating, focusing
  • Appetite changes
  • Poor hygiene
  • Hyperactivity
  • Sleep disturbances (such as insomnia)
  • Increased social isolation
  • Suicidal thoughts

Although the medical community does not fully understand what causes schizoaffective disorder, it is a treatable condition. In many cases, it is mistaken for schizophrenia or bipolar disorder because all have overlapping symptoms. 

Vista Pines Health, which is located in Pembroke Pines, can diagnose this condition properly and treat it. We use evidence-based methods of therapy and medication, such as antidepressants, to help people manage their condition and life effectively. We strongly urge all with mental illness to seek professional treatment for it as soon as possible. When people don’t get the medical help they need, the outcomes often make life difficult. 

Some people turn to drugs and alcohol to self-medicate against the discomfort of the disorder’s symptoms. This is not a sustainable approach to treating the condition, and unfortunately, many people end up developing a substance addiction in addition to their mental health disorder. 

Vista Pines Drug Rehab in Pembroke Pines

If you are ready to learn more about your treatment options for schizoaffective disorder and you’re in the Pembroke Pines area or surrounding areas, we can help you start your journey to recovery at Vista Pines Health. Our Delphi Behavioral Health Group facility is based in Pembroke Pines, and we serve people in Broward County and other South Florida communities. We also accept clients who do not live in the area.

If you or a loved one has a substance use disorder (SUD) and schizoaffective disorder, we treat both conditions here. We share a campus with our sister facility, Arete Recovery, where a person can complete medical detox before entering a treatment program. 


People who have been using substances usually must regain medical stability before they can start rehabilitation. This is why medical detox is the first step to a long process to recover from addiction and learn new ways of managing life. The detox phase is a critical and intensive stage of treatment, but you will receive the guidance and support you need to see it through. Our addiction care and mental health professionals conduct thorough assessments of your physical and mental health needs as you receive medical care.

As mentioned, self-medicating with alcohol and drugs is not the right way or healthy way to address mental illness. Stopping drug use after long-term use often means an uncomfortable withdrawal period ahead. With this in mind, we make sure you have what you need as the process unfolds. We monitor you round-the-clock to make sure your detox stays on track and that you get assistance should any medical emergencies arise.

Our staff may give you medications that ease your symptoms or plan a tapering schedule that allows you to cut back on the drug as your body adjusts to having less of it. Medical detox can run several days or longer, depending on your unique situation. Once you have completed this stage, you can move on to the next part of your treatment program.


People with moderate-to-severe substance use usually will need more time to recover from their substance dependence. Our professionals will place you in a treatment setting that addresses your needs. Vista Pines Health offers the environment people need to get clear on the direction they need to take for their health. 

Our 20-bed residential facility offers all patients an inviting, private, home-like space that allows them to learn more about their mental health disorder and how to care for themselves. It is important that distractions are kept to a minimum during this time of healing.

Treatment Methods

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Your treatment program at Vista Pines Health will be tailored specifically to your needs and what you require. Generally, we use psychotherapies, medications, or both to help our clients with schizoaffective disorder. Our assessment could reveal that you have additional disorders that require treatment. If this applies to you, we will advise you of your options.

The psychotherapies you could receive at Vista Pines Health include:

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)

Cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) is a widely used talk therapy that helps people with various conditions. One of its main goals is to help people reframe how they see themselves and their actions and how to correct irrational or self-defeating thoughts and behavior. CBT helps many people make the connection between how their view of their thoughts and feelings can either positively or negatively influence their actions (behavior). 

Understanding inaccurate or distorted thinking can help people avoid acting in ways that do not support their growth or help them reach their desired behavior. We use CBT to help our patients choose healthy responses and coping mechanisms while living with schizoaffective disorder.

Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)

Our patients could also experience dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) at Vista Pines. This form of CBT is designed to help our patients learn to accept themselves and their disorder as they are without judgment. During our sessions, we teach them to practice validating themselves with trust-building and mindfulness. 

DBT encourages using four primary skill sets that can be applied daily: distress tolerance (calming disturbing thoughts), emotional regulation (managing stress levels), interpersonal effectiveness (managing one’s feelings about others ), and mindfulness (being fully present in the moment).

Dual Diagnosis

Many people who have a mental illness also have a substance use disorder; a condition commonly referred to as dual diagnosis. Per the 2019 National Survey on Drug Use and Health reported, 9.5 million adults in the U.S. experienced a mental illness and a substance use disorder at the same time. 

Dual diagnosis is also known as co-occurring disorders or comorbidity. Dually diagnosed individuals will find customized treatment here at Vista Pines. We understand the critical importance of treating both disorders together. A person will undercut their chance of recovery if one condition is treated but not the other. If you have a dual diagnosis, your treatment plan will include therapies that are designed to help you. This could consist of CBT, DBT, and/or other therapies as needed. We will also adjust your plan as you go to ensure it meets your needs.

Schizoaffective Disorder Treatment in Pembroke Pines FAQ

Whether you have or have not decided to get schizoaffective disorder treatment, you likely have questions as you consider your future. We understand this and encourage you to do as much research as you can to ensure you are comfortable with your decision. We also encourage you to reach out to us with your questions. 

Below are answers to a few questions we get about rehabilitation and recovery services. Feel free to call us or reach us online with additional questions or requests for additional information. 

How Long Is Rehab?

There’s no set time for a rehab program. The length of your program will depend much on you and where you are in your recovery. It will, however, last as long as you need to ensure you receive what you need from your program. You could spend at least 30 days in a residential facility. A general guideline from the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) is at least 90 days in rehab. It is believed long-term treatment can increase your chances of having an effective recovery experience. 

Does Vista Pines Health Provide Transportation?

Transportation is one of the main barriers people face when considering treatment. We understand the challenge so that we can provide transportation to our facility to and from the airport or a bus or train station in the area. 

We do not cover flight, bus, or train tickets, so we leave that responsibility to our patients. However, we can arrange to pick you up once you arrive and get you back to the airport or another dropoff point so that you can return home. We take care of all services on-site, but if we need to have your travel off-campus for another service, we will arrange for transportation in that case.

How Much Does Schizoaffective Disorder Treatment Cost?

Your costs depend on what you’ll need while you receive treatment for schizoaffective disorder. Rehab costs can run into several thousands of dollars. The kind of program you attend, the medications, services, and incidental expenses will all affect your final bill. If you have a SUD along with schizoaffective disorder, you can expect rehab to cost more. 

There are several ways to cover your rehab expenses, and we can help you explore those options. We think you’re worth the cost and that you should not pass up this opportunity to improve your health and change your life. The benefits of treatment outweigh the costs. Call us today and speak with us about your concerns. We may be able to help you find the solution you are looking for.

Do I Have to Travel?

Yes, travel to our Pembroke Pines facility is required in order to receive services here. Please call us so we can discuss your transportation concerns with you. 

What Insurance Carriers Does Vista Pines Health Take?

We accept coverage from many major insurance providers, and we are in-network with some providers. We can call your insurer to verify if we partner with them and learn whether your plan partially or totally covers your program with us. 

You can also call your provider to learn if and how your benefits are covered. This is also an opportunity to learn which out-of-pocket costs you would be responsible for during your treatment. 

We’re ready to help you start your treatment for schizoaffective disorder. Please call us as soon as you can so that we review your options with you.

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