Treating Co-Occurring Disorders
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Treating Co-Occurring Disorders

A co-occurring disorder is very simply the presence of a psychiatric disorder along with substance abuse or addiction. A diagnosis of depression, anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder, social phobia, bipolar disorder, borderline personality disorder or other type of serious psychiatric condition commonly occurs concurrently with addiction. Those with such a diagnosis tend to have a higher rate of substance abuse than the general population. That’s why Daylight Recovery Services offers specialized outpatient drug treatment programs, as well as inpatient drug treatment, to help those living with co-occurring disorders.

There are several explanations as to why substance abuse and addiction are so prevalent among those living with a mental illness and why professional help is usually the best course of action:

  • Brain chemistry imbalances can predispose some people to both psychiatric disorders and substance abuse.
  • Both mental illness and substance abuse can run in the family and increase one’s risk of acquiring both.
  • Drug or alcohol abuse can actually aggravate the symptoms of a psychiatric disorder or even trigger a latent mental illness.
  • Substances like drugs or alcohol may be used to self-medicate and alleviate symptoms of a mental illness.

Why Integrated Treatment Is Necessary

Addiction and the co-occurring disorder need to be treated in tandem to successfully reach sobriety. If not, the outcome may not be a positive one. When treated for only addiction, those with a co-occurring disorder are likely to drop out of drug treatment centers early or experience a relapse.

Most alcohol and drug rehab programs that specifically treat co-occurring disorders understand that an intensive, highly personal approach is needed. Co-occurring treatment centers tailor each treatment plan to the client’s diagnosis, medical history, emotional condition and psychological needs.

Co-Occurring Disorder Treatment Programs

In order to treat both conditions successfully, Daylight Recovery Services offers personalized, integrated treatment services. We begin with a complete neuropsychological evaluation. This will help us determine the client’s unique needs and potential barriers to recovery. We can then develop a customized program, which may include the following:

  • Intensive individual therapy
  • Group therapy with those also dealing with a co-occurring disorder
  • Behavioral modification therapies to teach coping skills and improve self-awareness
  • Medication therapy to help manage psychiatric symptoms
  • Family education to inform loved ones of the nature and outcome of co-occurring disorders
  • Meditation, yoga, reiki and other holistic therapies

At Daylight Recovery Services, we know that recovery is a lifelong process of growth and self-discovery. And for those with co-occurring disorders, ongoing therapeutic support may be needed. If you or someone you love is ready to start down the right path to sobriety, Daylight Recovery is here to help. Have a question or need more information? Contact Daylight Recovery Services today at 1-833-2DAYLIGHT.

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