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What Are Co-Occurring Disorders?

co-occurring disorders

Addiction and mental health issues go hand-in-hand. Those struggling with addiction may also suffer from co-occurring disorders, such as depression, anxiety, or post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), requiring professional care and treatment. If you or a loved one is battling a substance use disorder and/or mental illness, hope and healing are always available at Serenity Grove’s residential treatment program.

Individuals suffering from addiction and mental health issues can greatly benefit from a dual diagnosis treatment program. In such programs, doctors and therapists use medication-assisted treatment (MAT), evidence-based therapies (EBT), and other holistic practices to help clients rebuild their lives anew.

To know more about Serenity Grove’s dual diagnosis treatment programs, contact us at 844.904.3485.

What Are Co-Occurring Disorders?

The term “co-occurring disorder” is usually used when a person struggling with a substance dependency or addiction is diagnosed with a mental illness or health issue. Those suffering from co-occurring disorders may face complex challenges and need a customized treatment program. However, proper medication and regular therapy sessions can develop effective coping mechanisms and healthier lifestyle habits.

Common co-occurring disorders include:

  • Depression
  • Generalized anxiety disorder
  • Bipolar disorder
  • Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD)
  • Social anxiety
  • Trauma
  • Schizophrenia
  • Schizoaffective disorder
  • Eating disorders
  • Phobias
  • Chronic pain
  • Self-harm and suicide ideation
  • Anger management issues

In fact, in many cases, those suffering from co-occurring disorders may be heavily reliant on substances to cope with stress and feel better. As a result, their mental health may worsen during detox or the initial phase of treatment. However, at a quality rehab center, the doctors and nurses will make every effort to ensure the client is safe and comfortable throughout the treatment process.

Another cause of concern is that some individuals may already be on prescription medication for their mental illnesses. Consuming alcohol, drugs, or other substances while being on pills can often lead to unwanted side effects and worsen one’s physical health.

How Addiction and Mental Health Are Related

Mental illnesses and addiction are often interrelated and impact each other. Nowadays, instead of treating them separately, healthcare experts recommend “integrated” or dual-diagnosis treatment programs so that they can be treated simultaneously.

Addiction and mental health are related in many ways, such as the following:

  • Mental health issues can lead to addiction and vice versa. Those with pre-existing mental illnesses are more vulnerable to substance use.
  • Unable to cope with a mental illness, individuals may begin self-medicating with drugs and alcohol. For instance, someone with social anxiety may drink alcohol to feel comfortable and develop a drinking problem.
  • Pills prescribed for chronic pain or mental health disorders such as depression and anxiety can be misused and lead to dependency and addiction.
  • A person may try to quit on their own and fail, further worsening their mental health.
  • If the root causes of addiction and mental health issues are left untreated, it can lead to further complications and other co-occurring disorders.

Contact Serenity Grove Recovery for Help and Healing

As a family-owned residential clinic, our mission is to help people recover from their addictions and live fulfilling lives.

We offer dual diagnosis treatment programs, where instead of treating just the physical symptoms of addiction, we uncover the root causes and treat any co-occurring disorders as well. We provide end-to-end care, including detox, residential and outpatient treatment, and continuing care services. At every step of the recovery process, we ensure that each client receives medical attention, intensive care, and emotional support.

No matter how severe the condition, recovery is always possible. Call us at 844.904.3485 and begin your healing journey today.