Treating Co-Occuring Disorders
Co-occurring disorders are the intersection of mental health and substance abuse. Some of our patients come to us battling substance misuse that becomes dependence, while some misuse substances but have yet to develop a reliance upon them. Others still have no substance use to speak of — which means that co-occurring disorders wouldn’t pertain to them.
What is considered a co-occuring disorder?
Co-occurring disorders are fairly common among those suffering from substance and alcohol use disorders. According to the National Institute of Mental Health, nearly a third of everyone diagnosed with a mental illness also has a diagnosable substance use disorder. Anyone suffering from co-occurring diagnoses have a much higher risk of developing serious medical conditions as well.
However, for those who have a co-occurring diagnosis (also called a dual diagnosis), our psychiatric team diagnoses them for both substance use disorder and one or more mental health disorders, and then devises a treatment track that’s customized specifically for them. This could include either residential or outpatient treatment, with heavy elements of medical detox, counseling, and private/group therapy.
Co-Occuring Disorder Treatment
We work to address both issues — the mental health component of the diagnosis — and the substance use component of the diagnosis, because empirical research has shown that is the only strategy to effectively tackle both. Treating one without treating the other makes chances of recovery slim to none — but treating them both conjointly increases those odds exponentially.
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