Co-occurring Disorders

If you or someone you love struggles daily with the pain caused by symptoms of addiction and co-occurring conditions, you are not alone. Individuals who misuse substances have an increased risk of developing mental health issues. According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), the percentage of individuals with substance use disorder (SUD) and a co-occurring mental health disorder “increased from 3.3 percent (or 8.1 million people) in 2015 to 3.8 percent (or 9.5 million people) in 2019.”

Co-occurring Disorders

The Family Place prioritizes mental health treatment in every stage of recovery, and we ensure clients have access to a variety of mental health resources to provide the best outcome.

What Are Co-occurring Disorders?

The National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) reported that “Co-occurring disorders can include anxiety disorders, depression, attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), bipolar disorder, personality disorders, and schizophrenia, among others.” The connections between substance misuse and mental health disorders can manifest in the following ways:

  • Mental health disorders can lead to risk-taking behaviors, including substance misuse
  • Substance misuse can cause trauma and increase the risk of developing mental health issues
  • They may develop independently, often leading to more severe symptoms

The most common co-occurring disorders are anxiety and depression. The symptoms for dual diagnoses exist along a broad spectrum ranging from mild to extreme. In addition, the severity of symptoms often fluctuates based on how you feel mentally, emotionally, and physically. The Family Place uses a holistic, trauma-focused approach to treatment to ensure we provide clients with comprehensive support and an opportunity to heal. You can learn to successfully cope with the symptoms and side effects of co-occurring mental health disorders and increase the effectiveness of therapy and other treatments for SUD.

Co-occurring Disorders Affect Treatment and Recovery

Undiagnosed mental health issues can affect recovery. The best way to ensure you get the most out of treatment is to get officially diagnosed with any current mental health disorders. Once you have a diagnosis, our clinical team can assist with the following:

  • Symptom management
  • Medication management
  • Access to regular medical check-ups
  • Psychotherapy and alternative therapies
  • Essential skill development
  • Referrals to aftercare services

One of the main ways co-occurring disorders affect treatment is by causing a sense of uncertainty about the recovery process. You may struggle with feeling uncomfortable discussing your private thoughts and feelings with strangers. To get the most out of our treatment program, you need to do the hard work of facing your fears, doubts, and regrets. The most effective way to ensure you remain committed to your health and well-being is by addressing the root cause of issues, which for some people include:

  • Trauma
  • Mental health issues
  • Relationship issues
  • Lack of support
  • Lowered stress threshold
  • Low self-esteem

You can overcome the darkness and pain caused by substance misuse and related conditions by getting high-quality treatment.

Treatment Options for Co-occurring Disorders

Behavioral therapies are some of the tools we use to treat co-occurring disorders. Often, it takes a combination of prescription medication, therapy, peer support, and alternative healing techniques to get the best result from treatment.

The Family Place treats the following co-occurring conditions:

  • Bipolar disorder (BD)
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
  • Borderline personality disorder (BPD)
  • Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)
  • Attention deficit disorder (ADD)
  • Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD)
  • Depression
  • Social anxiety and other anxiety disorders

Visit our Treatment page to learn more. We understand the pain and trauma that can accompany co-occurring disorders, and we use a trauma-focused approach to create a safe and comfortable space for rehabilitation.

Co-occurring Disorders and Pregnancy

Pregnant women in crisis have a high risk of having co-occurring disorders. The side effects can linger after the baby is born and interfere with parenting skills if not treated. According to research published by StatPearls, “Patients with substance use disorders in the peripartum period face unique barriers to care, and have unique co-morbidities.” In addition, “Perinatal substance use correlates with severe psychiatric and medical morbidity for peripartum women and their newborns.” Some common co-occurring disorders experienced by pregnant women in crisis include:

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Other mood disorders
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and other trauma-related conditions
  • Suicidal or self-harming ideations

Social dynamics and relationships often play a role in recovery. The stigmas attached to some pregnancies might cause issues for some women. The Family Place provides a supportive, intimate community where you can get the family-like environment you need to continue recovering. Learn more by visiting our Pregnant Program page.

Symptom Management and Relief

Symptom management and relief are essential for individuals undergoing rehabilitation with co-occurring disorders. Individuals with dual diagnoses have a higher risk of relapse, especially if mental health issues initially contributed to the development of substance misuse. A large part of our rehabilitation programs involves identifying, managing, and treating symptoms, including:

  • Anxiety
  • Depressive episodes
  • Manic episodes
  • Extreme and frequent mood swings
  • Cravings
  • Intrusive thoughts
  • Anger issues
  • Difficulty building trust
  • Social anxiety or discomfort
  • Compulsive behaviors

Some people experience multiple co-occurring disorders, and they may require follow-up or long-term mental health care to resolve any underlying issues. Your case manager will provide service referrals and information on local resources.

Aftercare Planning and Continuing Care 

Co-occurring conditions often have complicated origins and can take months or years of individual therapy to resolve fully. Aftercare is essential to keep you from backsliding into unwanted thought patterns and behaviors. The Family Place encourages individual, group, and family therapy during rehabilitation and early recovery. We have weekly group events and activities to help foster strong social bonds among peers. You are not alone in your recovery. Learn more about the services we offer by visiting our Aftercare page. 

We can provide relief from the effects of substance use disorder (SUD) and related mental health conditions. The Family Place offers high-quality mental health services and trauma-focused care to ensure every client has the support and resources to recover from SUD. Learn more about our programs by speaking with qualified intake specialists. Call us today at 1-800-501-7796.

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