Co-occurring Disorder Treatment
If someone has a substance use disorder as well as a mental health disorder, they are classified as having co-occurring disorders (previously known as “dual diagnoses”). These disorders impact nearly every aspect of an individual’s mental, emotional, physical, and spiritual life. Because co-occurring mental health disorders affect one another, they must be treated together.
You Are Not Alone.
According to the National Survey of Substance Abuse Treatment Services (N-SSATS), roughly 45% of Americans seeking alcohol or drug treatment have also been diagnosed with co-occurring disorders. This includes mental health disorders such as depression, anxiety, or obsessive-compulsive disorder. These conditions must be treated alongside the disease of addiction in order to achieve sustained recovery.
Clinical depression is a primary co-occurring diagnosis cited by many people with addiction. Other types of mood disorders include bipolar disorder, dysthymia, or substance-induced mood disorders.
Anxiety disorders involve more than temporary fear or worry. For a person with an anxiety disorder, the symptoms can interfere with daily activities such as school performance or relationships. There are several types of anxiety disorders, all of which require specialized care.
Both men and women suffer from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) which is precipitated by traumatic experiences in one’s life. Disassociation from self and events, anxiety, anger, depression, and insomnia are some symptoms of PTSD.
Obsessive-compulsive disorders are chronic conditions in which a person has reoccurring thoughts (obsessions) and behaviors (compulsions) that they feel the urge to repeat over and over again. When combined with addiction, these disorders can severely impact a person’s life.
Gambling, gaming, shopping, disordered eating, and sex process addictions often co-occur alongside a substance use disorder. Frequently, both addictions exacerbate one another.
These include borderline personality disorders (BPD), narcissistic, and histrionic disorders, all of which are common among people with addiction. Other examples might be paranoid, schizoid, avoidant, and dependent personality disorder.
Integrated Treatment is Key to Recovery
Integrated treatment is comprehensive programming that offers all of the therapeutic resources necessary to help the individual heal mentally, emotionally, physically, and spiritually. Unhealthy substance use has no single root cause, although living with a mental health condition may increase the likelihood of developing addiction — and vice versa.
Each person is different. Sometimes, a mental health disorder predates the development of alcohol or drug abuse. In other cases, mental health symptoms do not appear until after addiction has taken hold — sometimes, drug use makes these conditions worse.
A comprehensive treatment plan for people with co-occurring disorders should include:
- Psychiatric services and ongoing care (including medication, when appropriate)
- Evidence-based therapies
- Case management
- Family education and programming
- Relationship counseling
- Life skills training
- 12-Step or spiritual support
- Continuing care planning
Treatment Begins with an Assessment
Each of our patients takes part in thorough behavioral health and medical assessments to ensure that all substance use and co-occurring mental health disorders are diagnosed and treated.
Guided by personalized attention through individual sessions with their primary therapists, these assessments provide a backbone for customized treatment plans designed to meet the unique needs of each person in our care.
Addiction Specialists Include Therapists, Physicians and Psychiatrists
Our expertly trained professionals treat co-occurring disorders through medically intensive, multidisciplinary programming. Together, our team attends not only to the physical and mental needs of each patient but also their emotional and spiritual needs. Every day, our medical professionals and licensed therapists meet to discuss each patient and collaborate on solutions. This highly specialized, integrated treatment model has been shown to improve outcomes and quality of life. Through Origins’ integrated treatment model, men with co-occurring disorders can and do recover.