Co-Occurring Disorders

What is a co-occurring disorder?

Someone with both a substance use disorder and mental illness is suffering from what’s known as a co-occurring disorder (COD), sometimes referred to as a dual diagnosis. Historically, treatment for mental health disorders was separate from the treatment of substance use disorders. Subsequently, those receiving treatment for drug or alcohol abuse often lacked the treatment needed to address underlying mental illnesses. Similarly, those who received treatment for mental health problems would often neglect to address substance abuse issues.

It’s not unusual for a person to suffer from co-occurring disorders. In fact, according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse approximately half of those who have either a mental illness or a substance abuse disorder (SUD) will have the other at some point in their lives (Psychology Today, 2019). The combination of these two conditions can exacerbate the negative consequences of both. Therefore, it’s imperative to find a treatment facility who is experienced in treating those with CODs.

Why do these disorders occur together?

There are a variety of reasons why these disorders tend to occur together. Common risk factors applicable to both SUDs and mental disorders include genetics, stress and trauma. However, a mental disorder opens the door to potential SUDs. People suffering with mental health issues often attempt to self-medicate to alleviate the pain and suffering caused by poor mental health. Sadly, this often fuels the problem. On the other hand, people suffering from SUDs are more likely to develop a mental disorder. This is because prolonged drug abuse can negatively impact brain function, making a person more susceptible to developing a mental disorder (National Institute on Drug Abuse).

Treatment for co-occurring disorders:

While treating patients for CODs has an added layer of complexity, advances in the treatment of substance abuse disorders and mental health have made it possible to address both illnesses collectively. At Daylight Recovery Center, we have helped thousands of people suffering from CODs. The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) recommends an integrated treatment approach. At Daylight Recovery Center, we have helped thousands suffering from CODs. Instead of treating each disorder separately without consideration for the other, we have created custom treatment programs that integrate both substance abuse and mental health interventions.

Patients receive a blend of Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT) in conjunction with motivational incentives. CBT includes private and group therapy sessions, counseling, coping tools and relapse prevention. Motivational incentives include science-based, integrative services such as massage therapy, meditation, chiropractic, auriculotherapy and nutrition education. Our goal to treat each patient in entirety meaning treating the patients mind, body and soul. For more information about our co-occurring disorder treatment program, please call us 24/7 at 888-708-2602. Our team of kind and compassionate medical professionals is excited to help you free yourself from the confines of addiction and mental illness and begin a fulfilling life of sobriety!

Psychology Today (2019) Co-Occurring Disorders. Retrieved from https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/conditions/co-occurring-disorders
National Institute on Drug Abuse (2019) Dual Diagnosis. Retrieved from https://medlineplus.gov/dualdiagnosis.html