Co-occurring disorders, also referred to as dual diagnosis, is the coexistence of both a mental health and substance use disorder. It is more likely that people with mental health disorders will experience alcohol or substance use disorders as well. The complexity of co-occurring disorders can often make them difficult to diagnose. Co-occurring disorders include mood-related disorders, anxiety-related disorders, and severe mental illness disorders.
Addiction and substance abuse will typically come into play when a person suffering from a mental illness starts to “self medicate” with alcohol or drugs. Many of those who suffer from addiction problems view drugs and alcohol as a way to ease their mental disorders. These habits will often go unnoticed until the substance abuse begins to consume their life.
It is estimated that as many as 6 in 10 substance abusers also have at least one other mental disorder. Integrated treatment of co-occurring disorders is key to successful recovery. A treatment plan for co-occurring disorders should include an approach to address both the mental and substance use disorders at the same time.
Treatment of Co-occurring Disorders
At A New Start, Inc., our team specializes in co-occurring disorder treatment. We have successfully treated many patients suffering from co-occurring disorders with our intensive outpatient dual diagnosis treatment. With our individualized treatment plans, we know from day one, which patients fall into the co-occurring category.
Our dedicated team utilizes a variety of co-occurring treatments that are used by our highly skilled therapists and clinicians. Co-occurring therapies include: 12-Step, Family Systems, Cognitive Behavioral, and Trauma. Our treatments also include a combination of individual and group therapy sessions.
With the proper treatment and therapy we know that our patients can gain their freedom back from addiction and mental health disorders. To contact A New Start, Inc. today, call 1.844.TALK-ANS.