A co-occurring disorder is one in which a person is needing help for treatment of a mental health condition and addiction issue at the same time. Mental disorders can often be the underlying cause of substance use disorders, but not always. Millions of Americans are suffering with co-occurring disorders. With the right support in place using integrated treatment, there is hope for long-term recovery.
When people struggle with symptoms of a psychological disorder, they often use substances to alleviate symptoms of depression, anxiety, mania, or other issues. Self-medication can be a short term solution to a long-term issue. Psychiatric services are often combined with treatment for addiction. Mental health disorders presenting at rehab often include:
- Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
- Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
- Bipolar Disorder
Long-Term Treatment Option
Rehab programs that offer an integrated treatment approach often provide support for co-occurring disorders. They combine evidence-based clinical treatment delivered by licensed clinicians with a 12-step design, among others. This approach can be helpful, along with an individualized treatment plan, that accounts for living a healthy with nutrition, adaptations to lifestyle and life purpose taken into account. Long-term sobriety and recovery is not just about focusing on a mental health condition or addiction issue, there are more things to consider to keep a person healthy.
Treatment centers that provide evidence-based treatment combined treatment with licensed clinicians, therapists, psychiatrists and others to make a program that treats the whole person. A person who is going to stay sober long term is going to need post treatment support including a community of family, friends, and sober companions who understand the journey. This will also need to include treatment professionals who follow up and provide aftercare that keeps a person moving forward with both mental health and addiction therapy. The challenges may seem extreme at first, but with the right team and approach, healing and hope are possible.
A Step in the Right Direction gets you moving forward with our specialized programs designed with the individual in mind. We teach people how to live a sober life through programs, therapeutic support, and evidence-based therapies. For more information sober living programs for men and women as well as recovery programs, call (877) 377-3702.