Have you tried treatment for mental health issues or substance abuse and reached a point where you feel like you’re stuck and can’t make any more progress? There’s a chance you’re struggling with co-morbid disorders. In fact, it’s a pretty high chance.
In this article we’ll explain what it means to have two disorders at once, give co-occurring disorders examples and reassure you that addressing both issues is your best shot at full recovery.
The term “co-occurring disorders” is often used interchangeably with “comorbid disorders.” Comorbidity tends to also imply that the two conditions interact on some level, generally exacerbating the symptoms of the other. This is often the case with addiction and mental health.
Current literature on the topic suggests that neither addiction or mental illness directly causes the onset of the other condition. However, the symptoms of each may contribute to the other.
While mental illness and substance addiction don’t cause each other, they do share common risk factors including genetics, environmental factors, physical conditions (like chronic pain) and so on.
Co-occurring disorders examples
Sometimes co-occurring disorders and substance abuse are easiest to understand with examples. Here are some examples of common comorbid disorders:
Depression and alcohol addiction
Anxiety and cocaine use
Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder and marijuana addiction
Bipolar and opioid use disorder
Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and Adderall addiction
When a person is struggling with mental health or substance use, it’s possible for more than one mental illness and more than one substance to be at play. For example, someone could be affected by anxiety, depression at the same time as both alcohol and opioid use disorder.
Co-occurring disorders and substance use treatment
Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) is often a large component of an integrated treatment approach. This type of therapy focuses on building coping mechanisms to deal with triggers to emotional distress or substance use.
Treatment also includes building interpersonal skills like communication and setting boundaries, lifestyle support like occupational training and financial management and physical well-being through sleep, exercise and diet.
Your best shot at recovery
Because co-occurring disorders and substance abuse affect every area of life, integrated treatment aims to heal every area of life. Treatment that centers on only one condition leaves your recovery in jeopardy.
Don’t risk the progress you’ve made. Ensure that you’re getting support for both mental illness and substance abuse, or a relapse could cause double the damage. Your freedom is at stake. If you’re struggling with co-occurring disorders, High Focus Centers can support you in your journey back to freedom. With personalized treatment catered to fit your needs, you’ll feel secure in the care you’re getting. Get in touch today.