What are Co-Occurring Disorders?

Co-occurring disorders are mental and behavioral health issues that are most likely at the root of drug and alcohol addiction problems. These are often tied to the main relapse triggers that cause long-term addiction. Many time individuals are completely unaware of many of these debilitating mental health issues.

Co-occurring disorders can be any combination of various mental health issues that are outlined below. The addiction and the co-occurring disorder exacerbate each other. It’s impossible to determine whether the symptoms are from one or the other. For example, an individual may attempt to escape depression due to a mood disorder by taking prescribed painkillers or using an opiate. In this situation they will quickly find the poor solution of injecting heroin will not alleviate the symptoms they are experiencing from their personality or mood disorder.

At Recovery Bay we a extremely focused on treating co-occurring disorders.  Our experienced physicians and credentialed therapists clearly understand the critical relationship that co-occurring disorders play with drug and alcohol addiction. IT’s paramount that these issues get exposed and are dealt with in a clinical setting.

What are the different Types of Co-Occurring Disorders?

A list of the top 10 co-occurring-disorders-that-accompany-drug-and-alcohol-addiction-as-reported-by-our-drug-rehabs-Panama-City-facility

The definition of addiction is a physical and psychological dependence of drugs or alcohol. A physical dependence changes of time due to a buildup of tolerance. That is it takes more of the drug of choice to produce the same results. The latter involves cravings or an obsession to get or stay high.

The American Psychiatric Association Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders or also known as DSM-5 has a set of guidelines for providers. These guidelines are too complicated for individuals that are suffering from co-occurring disorder to clearly understand. The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) breaks it down much simpler. They categorize it as when an individual is experiencing a substance use disorder and a mental health disorder at the same time.

People with mental health issues often try to self-medicate in an effort to deal with the mental health issues. This attempt only compounds and worsens the situation. According to NAME, 9.2 million adults in the US are fighting both at the same time. It is critical that drug and alcohol addiction treatment centers are equipped to effectively treat both of these.

The most common co-occurring disorders associated with drug and alcohol addiction can be categorized as severe mental illnesses. In a close second are mood-related and anxiety related disorders. One of the main reasons these thought disorders are classified as sever is due to the length and severity of the episodes.

While the list below is a good representation of the co-occurring disorders it is not a complete list. However, it does give a good idea of what individuals are trying to deal with in getting mentally healthy. The top 10 co-occurring disorders that are associated with addiction include:

  1. Schizophrenia
  2. Schizoaffective disorder
  3. Bipolar disorder
  4. Major Depression
  5. Post-traumatic stress disorder or PTSD
  6. Trauma which can stem from abuse
  7. Panic disorder
  8. Social anxiety
  9. General anxiety disorder
  10. Obsessive compulsive disorder

Mental Illness and Addiction are Bound Together Making Effective Treatment Difficult

Co-occurring disorder with addiction can be confusing to properly diagnose. Drug and alcohol addiction can often mask mental illness. At the same time symptoms of mental illness can mirror those of addiction. Many individuals that suffer from mental illness do not think their addiction correlates to their illness. While at the same time, some individuals with substance abuse issues don’t even know they have mental health issues.

People with mental health issues often use drugs to alleviate their mental health symptoms. This only makes their mental health worse. In example individuals that are depressed often times use drugs that make them feel better. Or individuals with social anxiety will often use drugs to feel less inhibited. People that have experienced extreme trauma or long-term psychological pain reach for drugs that will numb the pain.

The use of drugs and alcohol only hurts and compounds the situation. It prevents individuals from feeling good about themselves, experiencing health relationships and having effective coping skills. Sometimes people with co-occurring disorders stop using drug and alcohol while attending an addiction rehabilitation center. In a short period of time they will experience many difficulties as their mental health issues continue. Many time addiction treatment center clinicians and addiction specialists do not have the education and experience to effectively handle this complex situation. Combine this with some schools of thought on abstinence can make it impossible for individuals with co-occurring disorders.

Recovery Bay Addiction Treatment Centers Effective Treatment of Co-Occurring Disorders

Our inpatient drug rehabs in Panama City Beach, Florida are well equipped to treat addiction co-occurring disorders. By not treating these issues you almost certain to experience relapse and not even know why this occurred.  Good mental health is essential in dealing with drug and alcohol addiction issues.

Our educated and experienced physicians, psychologists, therapists and counselors are ready to deal with co-occurring disorders. Before entering any drug and alcohol addiction treatment program be sure to ask how they deal with co-occurring disorders. Bookmark this page and use this page as a reference for questions that you can ask.

Many rehabilitation centers will say they treat co-occurring disorders, however that is not the case. Being an educated consumer can prevent relapse and repeatedly attending addiction treatment. If you would like to know more give our experience staff a call today at (850) 588-4426. If we can guide you at our drug rehab in Panama City Beach, Florida we will give you recommendations on where you can get mentally health and achieve long-term recovery from addiction.

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