Schizoaffective disorder is a chronic mental health condition with symptoms of hallucinations or delusions, and a mood disorder, like mania and depression. It is considered a rare disorder as only about 0.3 percent of the U.S. population experiences it. It can affect men and women at the same rate; however, men usually develop it earlier than women, according to the National Alliance on Mental Health (NAMI). It also notes that substance use disorders are also very possible with the diagnosis and need integrated treatment.

Schizoaffective disorder is also considered a serious mental health condition, per the Cleveland Clinic. Many people with schizoaffective disorder are often incorrectly diagnosed at first with bipolar disorder or schizophrenia. In fact, there is one major difference between schizoaffective disorder and schizophrenia—the presence of a mood disorder. There are two types of schizoaffective disorder, according to Verywell Mind:

  • Bipolar type, which is marked by episodes of mania or major depression
  • Depressive type, which is marked by episodes of major depression without mania

Statewide in Florida, from 2017–2019, 678,000 adults over age 18 struggled with a serious mental illness, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) reports.

The Florida Department of Health’s chart for hospitalizations for schizophrenic disorders indicates that in 2019, there were 387 hospitalizations in Broward County, Florida, where Plantation is located. Broward County reported “deaths of despair,” or deaths from drugs, alcohol, or suicide, at close to 43 in 2018, as indicated by the Well Being in the National Network (WIN), a part of LiveStories.

Plantation is a medium-sized city with a population of 94,580, as of the 2019 census. It is conveniently located in the central part of the county, with easy access to points in all directions. Its close proximity to Port Everglades and the Ports of Miami and Palm Beach gives the city quick access to illicit drugs.

Drug and alcohol abuse are common contributors when someone wants to self-medicate their schizoaffective disorder symptoms. Substance abuse is also fairly common for those who struggle with the disorder. However, one doesn’t need to cover up or try to ease the distressing and disturbing symptoms of this mental health illness. A correct diagnosis and treatment can help one learn how to manage their symptoms properly.

If you or the one you love is abusing drugs or alcohol to ease the discomfort of schizoaffective disorder symptoms, now is the time to consider mental health and substance use disorder treatment at Vista Pines Health.

Vista Pines Treatment in Plantation

Schizoaffective disorder can lead to disastrous results if not treated, including interpersonal conflicts, job loss, serious health issues, serious substance abuse, homeless, and poverty. Substance abuse often wreaks significant havoc in your life. Vista Pines Health is quite close to Plantation and provides caring, professional help for co-occurring disorders, including mental health and substance use disorders.

When you use drugs or alcohol to ease mental health illness symptoms, your system becomes tolerant of them, causing you to abuse them more to feel the same relief you once did. When you begin to feel the withdrawal symptoms from the substance(s), your system becomes dependent on them. If you are compelled to seek the substance(s) you abuse above all else, you’ve likely developed an addiction.

Vista Pines Health follows the continuum of care, as outlined by the American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM). This pertains to the step-by-step process you will follow when initiating addiction treatment. The very first step upon admittance is a comprehensive assessment, which will determine your most urgent needs. If you have been abusing substances for quite some time, you will likely need to begin detox.


Detox is provided at Vista Pines Health and at our sister facility next door, Arete Recovery. When your body begins the withdrawal process, it is beginning to eliminate all of the toxins in it. Our dedicated and experienced medical team will monitor you 24 hours a day to ensure you are medically stable and as comfortable as possible. We also will be sure any other medical issues you have, such as high blood pressure, diabetes, et cetera, are treated during detox. The time you spend in detox depends on how addicted you are to drugs and/or alcohol, the amount of substances consumed just before being admitted, and any other health problems that occur. Generally, detox can last from three to seven days.


Inpatient or residential treatment is a good option for you if you need to spend time only focusing on improving your mental health and learning how to manage a schizoaffective disorder without using drugs or alcohol. All of your regular daily distractions will be minimized, and the only thing you will focus on is you, as you will be staying on our campus at this time.

Vista Pines Health offers a good range of evidence-based therapeutic treatments, as well as educational sessions covering a variety of relevant topics, such as medication education, coping skills, and relapse prevention education; along with those, we also provide:

Treatment Methods

plantation schizoaffective treatment

Vista Pines Health offers an array of therapies that will give you all you need to succeed in your treatment of schizoaffective disorder and substance use disorder.

Cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT)

CBT is a standard form of therapy that is effective for a wide range of issues, including substance use disorders, serious mental health conditions, and depression, to name a few. It is known to significantly improve one’s quality of life and functioning.

One of CBT’s primary efforts involves the changing of thinking patterns and reexamining them in reality. It is based on three core principles:

  • Psychological problems are based on unhelpful thinking.
  • Psychological problems are based on patterns of unhelpful behavior that are learned.
  • Those who struggle with psychological problems learn effective ways of coping with them and can relieve their symptoms and be more effective in their lives. 

CBT teaches you how to recognize incorrect thinking, evaluate it in real life, change how you handle a situation, and use the same methods when needed to have a better life.’

Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)

DBT is based on the theory of bringing opposites together, like change and acceptance, through four principles. These are mindfulness and being more aware of the present moment, and focusing on one thing at a time without judgment. Distress tolerance teaches you how to accept things you don’t have control over, solve your problems, and improve your mood. Interpersonal effectiveness will help you learn how to work through conflict, listen well, ask for what you need, and improve the relationships in your life. Emotion regulation, the fourth principle, will help you label your emotions without judgment, learn how different emotions shape how you react, and recognize the obstacles that get in the way of managing your emotions.

DBT has helped many people learn how to live with their mental health disorder in a healthier and more positive way.

Dual Diagnosis

Dual diagnosis is the term used when you have a co-occurring mental health disorder and a substance use disorder. Vista Pines Health treats dual diagnoses and provides an integrated treatment plan for both disorders. Treatment may include the above-mentioned CBT and DBT, along with guided imagery, self-hypnosis, breathing techniques, yoga, meditation, and progressive relaxation. All of these are beneficial for you.

Schizoaffective Disorder Treatment in Plantation FAQ

Despite all the information provided on this page, we realize you may still have questions about schizoaffective treatment in Plantation. We also understand that many people might have obstacles in the way of seeking treatment, such as how much it costs and how to get to a treatment center. It is our wish that you find the answers you are looking for below. If not, we’re a phone call away.

How long is rehab?

We treat each person who comes into our care as an individual with their unique needs.  Each person will receive a treatment plan that focuses only on that person. If you need detox, rehab may last longer than someone who does not need it. The general guideline for the length of time in rehab is from 30 to 90 days, and possibly longer if required.  Your personal treatment plan will indicate how long rehab is recommended for you.

Does Vista Pines provide transportation?

Transportation is one of the primary obstacles in seeking treatment for a mental health disorder and substance use disorder. It can be downright challenging to get to a treatment center when you don’t have reliable transportation. Vista Pines Health provides transportation to and from our campus from the nearest airports, bus, and train stations. However, you will have to pay for the fares. We also provide transportation to outside medical appointments and to any place we go to as a group. We may be able to help you catch a ride-share, but that would need to be arranged with one of our always helpful intake reps.

How much does schizoaffective disorder treatment cost?

The cost of treatment is another significant obstacle in receiving help. Many people think schizoaffective disorder treatment will cost more than they can afford. However, there are different ways of paying for treatment, such as private insurance, like that under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and private payment plans with us. Generally, though, treatment can range from a few thousand dollars or more depending on the type of treatment facility you choose, medications given, and services taken. If you are worried that you might not be able to afford treatment, we may be able to help you find ways to pay for it.

Do I have to travel?

No matter where you are coming to us from, you will have to travel. We are located in the southwestern area of Broward County, Florida, in Pembroke Pines. Locally, we are easy to reach from just about anywhere, whether you take the interstates or surface streets. If you are coming from out of state or from farther away in Florida, you will have to travel to reach us.  If traveling is not good for you, you might try to find a mental health and substance use treatment center closer to where you live.

What insurance carriers does Vista Pines Health take?

We are pleased to say we take most of the major insurance providers. We are also in-network with a few of them, which might save some money on the cost. Unfortunately, we are not able to take federally funded insurance plans under Medicaid or Medicare. If you have TRICARE, you might want to contact them to see if they will cover some of the costs at our facility. 

Before contacting your provider, take time to review your plan to see what they cover under mental health disorders and substance use disorders. Consider penning some questions to ask, such as will they cover the costs for detox, inpatient treatment services, medications, and therapy sessions.

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