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Co-Occurring Disorders Treatment

Feeling like you’re constantly battling two different struggles–a mental health condition and a substance use disorder? This isn’t uncommon. Co-occurring disorders, where both conditions exist simultaneously, affect millions of people nationwide. These intertwined issues can make it difficult to manage either one effectively. If you’re experiencing symptoms of anxiety alongside difficulties controlling your alcohol intake, or depression coupled with drug abuse, there is hope. Legacy Healing Center and our nationwide behavioral health treatment facilities are here to aid individuals overcome co-occurring disorders. With a team of experienced professionals and a proven track record of success, Legacy Healing Center offers a comprehensive and integrated approach to treatment, providing the support and tools you need to achieve lasting recovery.

What Are Co-Occurring Disorders?

A co-occurring disorder is when a person has a substance abuse issue and a mental health disorder either at the same time or one after the other. This isn’t simply a case of having two separate problems. Co-occurring disorders also bring forth the idea that there is a deeper connection; they can actually worsen each other. For instance, someone struggling with depression might use alcohol to cope, only to find it exacerbates their symptoms of depression. Often, one disorder negatively affects the other and vice versa, creating a cycle that requires specialized treatment to break it.

Where Do Co-Occurring Disorders Come From?

Co-occurring disorders aren’t just a coincidence; they can severely impact the brain. Areas responsible for decision-making, reward processing, impulse control, and emotions can be disrupted by both drug use and mental health disorders. If we look at where exactly co-occurring disorders can develop, experience with environmental factors plays a part in increasing the risk of developing co-occurring disorders. Chronic stress, past trauma, and easy access to drugs can all contribute to increasing or developing co-occurring disorders throughout life. Social influences, cultural norms around substance use, and even family dynamics can add to the risk.

Common Co-Occurring Disorders

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Co-occurring disorders can involve a variety of mental health conditions and substance use issues. While the specific combinations can vary, some pairings are more frequent. Let’s explore some of the most common co-occurring disorders and vices, along with the challenges they present. Understanding these connections can be the first step toward effective treatment and lasting recovery.

Common Mental Disorders

  • Anxiety and mood disorders
  • Schizophrenia
  • Bipolar disorder
  • Major depressive disorder
  • Conduct disorders
  • PTSD
  • ADHD

Common Substances Abused

  • Alcohol
  • Tobacco
  • Opioids
  • Stimulants
  • Marijuana
  • Hallucinogens
  • Prescription drugs

The good news is that with increased awareness of co-occurring disorders, new and effective treatment approaches are emerging. By recognizing the connections between mental health and substance use, individuals can take control of their well-being.

Co-Occurring Disorders Treatment

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For the treatment of co-occurring disorders, the traditional approach often addresses substance use disorders and mental health conditions separately. However, for individuals struggling with co-occurring disorders, this fragmented approach can be ineffective. Integrated treatment programs will offer a solution after screening, assessing, and treating both conditions simultaneously.

At our national rehabilitation centers, our staff will work closely with you or your loved one to come up with an approach that works best for you. We take the time to listen to your concerns and answer all of your questions. We offer both addiction therapy services and mental health services with options for individual or group sessions. Your comfort and safety will always be our number one priority.

Legacy Healing Center Is Here for You

If you’re struggling with addiction and co-occurring disorders, you don’t have to go through this alone. Our rehab center near you can provide the comprehensive and compassionate care you need to achieve lasting recovery. Our treatment programs address both the addiction and the underlying mental health condition, which will give you the tools you need to build a healthier future. Contact us today to get started on your journey towards healing. We’re here to support you and your loved ones.

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About the Author

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Jeffrey Juergens

Jeff Juergens is a leading author in the addiction and recovery field, dedicating the last seven years of his life to helping those struggling with substance use issues find the help that they need. Jeff's work has been used in rehabs across the country as tools to help patients achieve sobriety.

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Dr. Edwin Gomez, M.D.

Edwin Gomez, M.D. joined the Legacy Healing Centers Medical Team in 2021. In addition to working at Legacy Healing Centers, Dr. Gomez operates a private practice and research here in the South Florida Area and the Florida Keys. Prior to joining Legacy Healing Center, he served as Medical Dire...