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Co-occurring Disorder Treatment

Sometimes there is coexistence of both a mental health and a substance use disorder, this is referred to as co-occurring disorders. Our treatment for co-occurring disorders involves many of the same therapy types as treatment for substance abuse alone. However, these treatment modalities are adjusted to meet the needs of an individual with a co-occurring disorder in various ways.

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People with mental health disorders are more likely than people without mental health disorders to experience an alcohol or substance use disorder. Co-occurring disorders can be difficult to diagnose due to the complexity of symptoms, as both may vary in severity. People with co-occurring disorders are best served through integrated treatment. With integrated treatment, we can address mental and substance use disorders at the same time, often lowering costs and creating better outcomes. Early detection and treatment can improve treatment outcomes and the quality of life for those who need these services.

Our treatment plans may include:

·        Education - to help the person understand how the substance abuse and mental health disorders contribute to one another and can affect the person’s behaviors

·        Cognitive Behavioral Therapy - to help a person recognize triggers, including mental health disorder symptoms, and change behavioral responses to more positive behaviors

·        Family therapy -to help other family members understand how relationships and dynamics may affect the person’s condition and to help them provide the person with a supportive environment to manage all involved disorders

·        Medications - to reduce the symptoms of the mental health issues but that do not contribute to substance abuse; sometimes medicines may be prescribed to control the addiction before any psychoactive drugs are prescribed to treat the mental health disorder