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Co-Occurring Disorders

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Co-occurring disorder is the diagnosis given to patients who suffer from a substance abuse disorder and a mental health condition. It is not hard to see why the two often go hand in hand: after a traumatic event that results in depression, for instance, someone may turn to mind-altering substances in an attempt to relieve emotional pain. However, it does not have to be this way. You can reach out for help and get your life back on track. At Spark To Recovery, we are committed to every patient’s recovery and utilize a combination of medical treatments and therapy to this purpose.

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Understanding Co-Occurring Disorders

Also known as dual disorders, co-occurring disorders can be tricky to diagnose because the symptoms of one can mask that of the other. Or the patient may believe that their problems are independent of each other. However, it can become apparent when treatment is received to target substance abuse, yet the patient’s mental health does not improve. As the substance of abuse is cut out, the patient loses their coping mechanism – however unhealthy – causing their mental health to worsen. That is why co-occurring disorders should always be treated in conjunction with each other, and the problem should not be dismissed as two separate ones.

Benefits of Treating Co-Occurring

Treating both disorders concurrently and in relation to each other ensures that patients do not slip back into old patterns when similar traumatic events happen in the future. The treatment of co-occurring disorders does not just aim to wean patients off the substance. The ultimate goal is to help patients develop healthy coping mechanisms to deal with stressors, eliminating the urge for chemical dependency. By understanding the root of the problem and developing a healthy self-image, a successful recovery can be within reach.

When Do You Need to Treat Co-Occurring Disorders?

  • Have you been driven to substance abuse by trauma?
  • Does your mental health worsen when you are not using the substance?
  • Do you use the substance to achieve temporary relief from the events in your life?

It is never too late to seek help for a co-occurring disorder. The first step can prove to be the most important step – reach out to us today.

What to Expect in Co-Occurring Disorders Treatment?

Integrated treatment is critical in treating co-occurring disorders. This targets the symptoms of both at the same time, ensuring that substance abuse does not get worse as a result of poor mental health, and that mental health is not compromised by substance abuse. Below are some of the common treatments for co-occurring disorders:

  • Residential treatment
  • Outpatient care
  • A series of therapies including cognitive and dialectical behavioral therapy
  • Support groups
  • Motivational enhancement
  • … and more

Why Choose Spark To Recovery?

At Spark To Recovery, we understand that no two patients are the same. This is why we work with you to recommend a co-occurring disorders treatment catered to your specific needs and problems. Feel at peace in our safe and supportive environment knowing that you are getting the help you need.
Start your addiction recovery today by treating co-occurring disorders. Feel free to schedule a consultation with us.

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