An estimated one-third of people who abuse alcohol and half of all people who abuse drugs also live with mental health disorders. People who experience simultaneous substance abuse and mental health disorders have what are called co-occurring disorders. The key to treating people with co-occurring disorders is recognizing that each one is unique. There is no one-size-fits-all approach.
Co-occurring disorders can affect anyone at any time and from any walk of life. If you are anyone you know may be suffering from a co-occurring disorder, contact us today - we are here to help.
How to Diagnose Co-Occurring Disorders
In the past, the term "dual diagnosis" was used to describe people dealing with both substance use and mental health disorders. But that term implied only two disorders, and we now know there are myriad ways that substance use disorders and mental health issues can intersect.
These disorders can be difficult to diagnose, in part because they often have similar symptoms, such as sudden behavioral changes and withdrawal from friends and family. Sometimes, a person suffering from a mental health disorder turns to drugs or alcohol as a way to self-soothe; other times, substance abuse can trigger a mental health disorder, and substance use tends to worsen the symptoms of mental health disorders. Since it can be tricky to diagnose co-occurring disorders, it is important to seek the help of professionals, who will work with you or your loved one through the correct treatment program.
How Co-Occurring Disorders Are Treated
Treating co-occurring disorders is complex. It requires an integrated approach that treats the substance use and mental health issues independently while also addressing the ways in which these disorders work together to disrupt a person's life. A combination of detoxification, medication management and group and individual therapy is often used to treat co-occurring disorders.
At The Blanchard Institute, we tailor our treatment programs to suit the needs of each client. We treat co-occurring disorders through a combination of the best scientific research with a holistic, whole-person approach to help our clients get the tools they need to transform their lives.
Our licensed, caring staff use evidence-based treatment techniques to help people suffering from co-occurring disorders to specific mental health disorders, including:
- Anxiety Disorders
- Mood Disorders
- Depressive Disorders
- Personality Disorders
- Gender Dysphoria
- Adjustment Disorders
- Process Addictions
- Oppositional Defiant Disorder
- Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
- Obsessive Compulsive Disorder