Since we were children, our parents have conditioned us to take care of our health. “Make sure you eat those vegetables so that you grow up big and strong!” We’re encouraged to drink our milk and have strong bones, so we grow up tall. As we get older, doctors explain the dangers of a sedentary lifestyle and how we shouldn’t drink alcohol, use drugs, or smoke cigarettes. 

We’re constantly warned about the detrimental effects these things have on our lives. But one area that has always been overlooked is our mental health. Society tends to stigmatize people who reach out for help with a mental health disorder. Fortunately, as we continue to recover from a global pandemic, more people are taking the topic seriously and seeking help.

Although we’ve put more effort into taking illnesses like schizoaffective disorder more seriously in recent memory, the stigma attached by society remains, causing many people to avoid getting the help they need. The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) estimates that 20.6 percent of adults in the United States experienced mental illness in 2019, translating to 51.5 million people. 

These aren’t small figures. In a group of five people, statistics show that at least one person will have a mental illness. In addition to those numbers, 5.2 percent of adults were found to have a serious mental illness, or 13.1 million people, which is one in 20 adults. With such a staggering portion of society dealing with this, it shouldn’t come as much of a surprise that suicide is the second leading cause of death for those between ages 10 and 34. 

Schizoaffective disorder is a rather serious and chronic mental health condition that affects a small part of society. It’s known to cause hallucinations, delusions, and mood disorders that include mania and depression. Medical professionals misdiagnose schizoaffective disorder as bipolar disorder because it has similar symptoms. Not to mention, it’s extremely uncommon. According to the National Institute on Mental Health (NIMH), only 0.3 percent of society will receive a diagnosis. 

Men and women experience the disorder at the same clip, but men have been found to develop it earlier in life. Despite its severity, it’s manageable with therapy and education. However, co-occurring substance use disorders (SUDs) are a serious risk. 

Individuals in Pompano Beach, Florida, located in Broward County, north of Miami-Dade County, are encouraged to seek treatment in Pompano Beach. A staggering 678,000 adults over the age of 18 were reported to be struggling with severe mental illness in the state, according to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). In Broward County alone, the Florida Department of Health found that 387 hospitalizations took place for schizophrenic disorders in 2019. 

If you live in Pompano Beach or are interested in coming to the area for mental health treatment, Vista Pines Health has the resources to help you. If you self-medicate against the symptoms of schizoaffective disorder with drugs or alcohol, Vista Pines Health can treat both conditions.

Vista Pines Treatment in Pompano Beach

Although you may feel you’re in control of your illness, it can slowly creep into all facets of your life. It could cause you to lose your job, experience severe health issues, abuse drugs or alcohol, or commit suicide. You need treatment for schizoaffective disorder because it can be dangerous to yourself and others around you. When you add substance abuse into the mix, you might as well light a match in a room filled with gasoline. Eventually, it’s going to explode. Fortunately, our facility will help you overcome both conditions and get you back on track.

Using drugs and alcohol to numb to cope with your symptoms will cause more problems than meets the eye. For example, you’ll develop a tolerance, meaning you’ll need more and more of your drug of choice to experience the relief you did at first. As this continues to happen, it’ll cost more money that you don’t have, leading you to steal or commit crimes to support the addiction. Obviously, this isn’t feasible in the long term and can lead to prison time. Even worse, when you run out of money and access to drugs or alcohol, you’ll go through withdrawal, which can be dangerous and sometimes deadly. 

Vista Pines Health offers the full continuum of care, meaning your condition will be assessed according to American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM) guidelines. We will determine which needs are most pressing. If you’ve been abusing drugs or alcohol, the first step will be detox. 


Although detox isn’t enough to get you sober, many view it as one of the most crucial pieces of the sobriety puzzle. If you’re battling a co-occurring substance use disorder, you’ll first need to safely remove the drugs and alcohol from your system before treating schizoaffective disorder. Some drugs, such as alcohol and benzodiazepines, produce potentially life-threatening withdrawal symptoms. For that reason, placing your life in the hands of medical professionals to manage your care for three to seven days is necessary. Once our staff clears you, you’ll move into another level of care to focus on your mental health. 


Inpatient treatment is the ideal path for a person living with schizoaffective disorder. Also, if you have a history of relapsing on drugs or alcohol, living on-site for up to 90 days can help hold you accountable and develop the skills necessary for prolonged abstinence. While getting sober isn’t easy, maintaining it is the hard part. Living with professionals for a while allows you to manage the stresses of life without dealing with them. Vista Pines Health uses evidence-based therapies to help our patients. 

Treatment Methods

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The only way to manage your condition is by getting to the root of it, which can only be accomplished by changing how you think and approach life.

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) 

Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) is a commonly used therapy that teaches you to recognize incorrect means of thinking, evaluate them in real time, and change how you act at that moment.  It is helpful in treating schizoaffective disorder and addiction, helping the person improve their quality of life. 

Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)

Dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) is based on bringing things together, such as change and acceptance. It follows four principles: distress tolerance, interpersonal effectiveness, mindfulness, and emotion regulation. The process teaches individuals how to lead normal lives after an addiction or schizoaffective diagnosis and heal positively. 

Dual Diagnosis 

Dual diagnosis is used to describe substance use disorders that occur alongside a mental health condition like schizoaffective disorder. Vista Pines Health is equipped to treat both and provide you with a treatment plan involving yoga, meditation, CBT, self-hypnosis, and breathing techniques. Your goal is tailored around your specific needs and varies from one person to the next. 

Schizoaffective Disorder Treatment in Pompano Beach FAQ

When you realize you’re about to make a decision of this caliber that changes the trajectory of your life, you understand that you can’t follow through unless you have all the details. Below, we’ll answer those final questions you might have before deciding. 

How Long Is Rehab?

Schizoaffective disorder treatment in Pompano Beach is evaluated on a case-by-case basis, meaning what works for you won’t work for someone else. Treatment typically lasts anywhere from 30 to 90 days but could be longer if your condition is serious. 

Does Vista Pines Provide Transportation? 

Our staff will do whatever it takes to ensure you get the help you need, even if that means picking you up from the airport and bringing you to off-site doctor’s appointments. With that being said, you could incur additional expenses. Please speak with our intake coordinators to determine what’s covered and what isn’t.

How Much Does Schizoaffective Disorder Treatment Cost?

It’s impossible to provide a definitive figure. Since we treat our clients on a case-by-case basis, each case is unique. One client might have insurance but only need outpatient care, while another has insurance and requires the full continuum of care. Costs vary. Please speak to your insurance company to determine what’s covered. 

Do I Have to Travel?

The short answer is yes, you’ll need to travel, even if you live in the South Florida region. 

What Insurance Carriers Does Vista Pines Health Accept?

Fortunately, as Vista Pines Health grows, we’re now accepting most major health insurance providers. Even better, we’re in-network with most of them. To determine what’s covered, please reach out to our intake coordinators. Keep in mind, we do not accept federally funded insurance plans, such as Medicare or Medicaid.

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