Many people struggling with addiction also find themselves caught in the painful grip of depression, mood disorders, panic disorders or other serious mental health issues. Studies have shown that substance use and co-occurring disorders are best treated when both conditions are addressed simultaneously with a complete treatment plan. The Blanchard Institute offers substance use disorder treatment as a primary diagnosis with or without co-occurring diagnosis.

What is a Co-Occurring Disorder?

The coexistence of both a mental health and a substance use disorder is referred to as co-occurring disorders. Addiction may develop while self-medicating a mood, anxiety disorder, or other psychiatric condition.   Conversely, the mental health disorder may develop as a result of a serious substance use disorder. According to the National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH), over 9 million people who abuse drugs or alcohol also have a co-occurring mental health diagnosis. Common diagnoses include:

  • Severe depression
  • Bipolar or other mood disorder
  • Anxiety or panic disorder
  • Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD)
  • Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
  • Eating disorder (anorexia or bulimia)
  • Schizophrenia or other psychotic disorder

A co-occurring disorder can make it nearly impossible for men and women to hold a steady job, function in their family environment, go to school, or build satisfying personal relationships. It is critical that clients receive help for all their conditions in order to achieve life-long recovery.

Treatment Services

The Blanchard Institute understands the sensitive relationship between substance abuse and mental health problems. Offering a highly individualized approach to adult and young adult substance abuse and mental health treatment, we provide family therapy, PHP and IOP, therapeutic consulting, crisis management, and recovery coaching for clients suffering from substance use and mental health disorders. We use evidence-based treatment approaches that focus on the whole person – the mind, body, and spirit.


If you or a loved one is seeking help, please contact us at 704.414.7227 or fill out this form below.