Individuals who struggle with co-occurring disorders have mental health issues and are simultaneously struggling with a substance use disorder. This combination of factors makes life difficult as the two conditions can fuel each other, making it a challenge to manage either properly. Fortunately, at Sunflower Wellness Retreat, we pride ourselves on ensuring that each of our clients gets the care they need to overcome both of these disorders simultaneously. Call us at 855.730.8825 for more information or if you have more questions about these or other issues surrounding addiction and mental health.
What Are Co-Occurring Disorders?
Co-occurring disorders – sometimes referred to as “dual diagnosis” – are two or more disorders that happen simultaneously in an individual. One of the disorders must be a substance use disorder, such as drug or alcohol addiction. The other may be any number of different mental health issues such as:
- Bipolar disorder
- Borderline personality disorder
- Post-traumatic stress disorder
When these disorders happen together, they tend to play off one another. That means that a substance use disorder may cause or worsen a mental health disorder. A mental health disorder may be difficult to deal with and push a person to use drugs or drink alcohol in order to manage their symptoms.
Regardless of the situation, the person must get the right care. Treating just one of these disorders without the other may lead to a higher risk of relapse.
Can You Treat Substance Abuse and Mental Health Conditions at the Same Time?
Yes, you can treat a substance use disorder and a mental health issue simultaneously, and it is encouraged in many treatment facilities. This is because treatment may help get both conditions under control and help reduce the likelihood of either one recurring.
For example, if a client has depression and drinks alcohol to cope, they may develop a substance use disorder with alcohol. However, by treating the alcohol abuse and the underlying depression, the patient may no longer turn to alcohol to cope because they have healthier ways of doing so, like taking psychiatric medications or using other coping skills. If only one of the conditions is treated, relapse of one or the other conditions is far more likely.
No two patients are alike, so there are some differences in how they will recover. Some may go through treatment for their conditions simultaneously. Others may go through detox and then focus on only their mental health or primarily on the addiction, depending on which is the original condition the other. Whatever the case, the expert clinical team at Sunflower Wellness Retreat is here to customize treatment to suit your unique needs.
What Kinds of Treatments Work for Co-Occurring Disorders?
There are several treatment options for co-occurring disorders, such as:
- Residential treatment
- Outpatient treatment
- Medication-assisted treatment
- Individual therapy
- Holistic therapy
- Group therapy
Additionally, some specific treatment modalities for mental health that can help include:
- Eye-movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR) therapy
- Cognitive-behavioral therapy
- Dialectical behavior therapy
Depending on the kind of drug or substance abuse, medication-assisted therapies may also offer patients a way to safely stop taking those substances while minimizing the risk of serious withdrawal symptoms and relapse.
It is important for clients to talk to their providers about the different options available to them at their treatment facility of choice.
Get Support for Mental Health and Dual Diagnosis Issues at Sunflower Wellness Retreat
At Sunflower Wellness Retreat, we know that living with a dual diagnosis makes it harder to overcome both mental illness and substance abuse disorders. Fortunately, in our top-tier dual diagnosis program, our team can help with partial hospitalization, intensive outpatient treatment, residential treatment, medication-assisted treatment, and more. Call us today at 855.730.8825 to learn more about our programs and how they can help you or someone you love.