Co-Occurring Mental Health Disorders

Co-Occurring Disorder Treatment

Mental health and addiction are often intertwined. Our co-occurring disorder treatment helps patients work through their mental health and substance use conditions together for lasting recovery success.

Addiction is often far more than just a chemical dependency. In many cases, substance use is also tied to mental health and moving past addiction for good means addressing these issues as well. at LGBTQ+ recovery network, our residential treatment centers offer treatment for co-occurring conditions to help people work through their mental health symptoms alongside their addiction.

What Are Co-Occurring Disorders?

Co-occurring disorders are when two or more disorders coexist and are connected with one leading to the onset of the other or making the other worse. Co-occurring disorders often refer to a substance use disorder and mental health condition. Common co-occurring disorders with substance use include depression, anxiety, PTSD, and eating disorders.

Often used interchangeably with co-occurring disorders, dual diagnosis is a term used to denote two separate diagnoses that are present at the same time. Dual diagnosis may be used to describe any combination of physical, mental, or behavioral health disorders.

Dual diagnosis treatment requires separate treatment plans for both disorders while co-occurring disorder treatment involves addressing both conditions together. In terms of addiction, a dual diagnosis treatment center will have separate mental health and substance use programs while a co-occurring disorders rehab will focus on addressing mental health symptoms during treatment and helping the patient understand how the two are connected.

Understanding Co-Occurring Disorders

Co-occurring disorders occur because of the relationship between mental health and substance use. Some estimates suggest that as much as 37.9% of people with substance use disorders also struggle from a mental illness.

While addiction may be a chemical dependency on a substance, it is often tied to mental health origins. In some instances, people struggling with symptoms of depression, anxiety, PTSD, or another mental health condition will turn to drugs or alcohol to self-medicate instead of getting mental health treatment. When this type of behavior becomes routine, an addiction can quickly develop.

Similarly, substance use can lead to the onset of a mental health condition. Addiction can isolate someone from their friends and family as well as leave them feeling worse once the initial high of the drug wear offs. With repeated use, their mental health will start to suffer and regular symptoms could develop.

If you or someone you love is experiencing symptoms of a mental health disorder as well as struggling with addiction, it may be a sign that co-occurring disorder or dual diagnosis treatment is needed.

Treatment for Co-Occurring Disorders

At LGBTQ+ RECOVERY NETWORK, we understand that there is no single way to treat co-occurring disorders because everyone is different. Instead of following cookie-cutter treatment, we focus on creating individualized treatments plans that address the unique needs of each patient.

Starting with an initial behavioral health assessment, our team will work with you to determine the best approach to treatment for you or your loved one and work to place you in a program at one of our co-occurring disorder treatment centers that will give you your greatest chance of finding long-term success.

Patients receiving co-occurring disorder treatment will focus on improving and managing their mental health throughout their time in treatment. They will spend time learning about their individual conditions as well as their comorbidity. This education promotes greater self-awareness that may help break the toxic relationship between the two conditions.

Patients will also partake in various evidence-based therapies for co-occurring disorders. Cognitive behavioral therapy, for example, is designed to help patients challenge harmful thought patterns that perpetuate these conditions and reinforce their unhealthy connection. Therapy will also help patients learn healthier coping skills that they can apply to their life in recovery.

If you believe you or a loved one needs co-occurring disorder treatment, stop waiting to get help. There is hope for a better future. Contact us today to take the first step.