OCD and Addiction Treatment
Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) is characterized by excessive thoughts which lead to repetitive behaviors. These repetitive behaviors become so excessive that they begin to interfere with the individual’s everyday life.
Examples of obsessive-compulsive behaviors are:
- Counting rituals
- Excessive hand washing
- Organizing rituals
- Hoarding items
- A fear of germs
- A fear of being injured or getting sick
- Cleaning rituals
- Checking locks
These recurring thoughts lead to irrational fears and anxiety. Approximately 3.3 million people suffer from OCD. Addiction and OCD often times occur together. As a way of coping with the anxiety and stress brought on by OCD, individuals are more likely to turn to drugs or alcohol, which can then develop into substance abuse or dependence. Substance abuse, depression and other anxiety disorders often co-occur with obsessive-compulsive disorder.
A treatment program focused on co-occurring disorders will help to address both OCD and addiction. Treatment for OCD and addiction will likely include medication and both group and behavioral modification therapy. An intensive outpatient program offers patients long-term care for addiction and co-occurring disorders. A New Start is a premier IOP in Palm Beach offering patients dedicated and compassionate care.
For more information about A New Start, Inc. and co-occurring disorder treatment at our premier IOP Palm Beach facility, please call us today at 1-844-TALK-ANS.