A Dangerous Intersection: What You Should Know About Co-Occurring Disorders

Co-occurring Addiction

If you have a loved one who is struggling with addiction and wonder if they have an additional mental issue, chances are good you may be exactly right. Addiction and mental illness oftentimes go hand in hand, which is referred to as a co-occurring disorder or dual diagnosis.

At Choice House, we focus on healing the entire individual, which is why our staff is highly trained in treating co-occurring disorders, as well as the addiction itself. Here are just a few things you should know about this concept:

Co-Occurring Disorders are Very Common in Addiction

It can be difficult to know which came first – the addiction or the mental illness. Regardless, this is a very common occurrence in those who struggle with addiction. In many cases, an individual starts using drugs and alcohol as a means of coping with a pre-existing mental issue, or the mental issue results from drug and alcohol abuse. Either way, there are multiple types of therapies that can help the individual.

Co-Occurring Disorders are Caused by Many Factors

As previously mentioned, the mental illness could be caused by the addiction itself. But in some cases, the mental illness occurred first and is caused by previous life events that need to be addressed:

  • Past traumas
  • Childhood abuse or neglect
  • Genetic predisposition

Regardless of the reason, there is ample help available at Choice House.

Numerous Types of Mental Illness Surface When Examining Co-Occurring Disorders

The landscape of mental illness is vast and requires a professional opinion to accurately diagnose. When addiction is also included in the mix, it is important to consider all possible mental illnesses and remember that an individual may be struggle with multiple illnesses. Some include:

  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder
  • ADHD
  • Schizophrenia
  • Personality disorders
  • Bipolar disorder
  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
  • Eating disorders

Co-Occurring Disorders Require Diverse Treatment Methods

Our Boulder drug rehabilitation center understands that every individual is different and therefore responds differently to available treatment methods. We offer numerous types of therapeutic modalities to ensure that each person receives the care they need. Some of our preferred types of therapy include:

Treatment Helps Tremendously

With the right therapy and time devoted to healing, co-occurring disorders and addiction can be treated effectively. Proper treatment results in overwhelmingly positive life changes, including more control to attain sobriety, the ability to recognize triggers, increased stability, and an overall improved quality of life.

Our team at Choice House is equipped to handle mental illnesses large and small to guide our participants to a life of optimum health. Have questions? Talk to us today: 720-577-4422 or hello@choicehouse.com.


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