Co-occurring disorders is a phrase used to describe when someone is struggling with more than one mental disorder at the same time. For patients at Twelve Oaks Recovery Center, this means struggling with a substance use disorder along with another mental health diagnosis. Fighting a substance use disorder is difficult, but having to fight substance use while also trying to manage another mental health diagnosis can be overwhelmingly difficult. Many people who struggle with substance abuse also suffer from the effects of a co-occurring mental health condition. Some common co-occurring disorders include:
- Anxiety disorders
- Depressive disorders
- Bipolar disorder
- Obsessive-compulsive disorder
- Posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Eating disorders
- Personality disorders
Oftentimes, people do not realize they have a co-occurring disorder. Many people who use substances do so, initially, to relieve internal stress. They may begin using heroin or other opioids to cope with the symptoms of a depressive disorder, or they may use alcohol to numb the pain of PTSD. However, substance use tends to overtake a person’s life. Before long, a person may find him or herself struggling with a substance use disorder that may be much worse than his or her initial mental health concerns were.
At Twelve Oaks Recovery Center, we understand the complex nature of co-occurring substance use and mental health disorders and thoroughly assess patients to ensure we are providing the best possible care. We understand that treating co-occurring substance use and mental health disorders is more complex than treating either on its own, so our treatment programs are specialized to address the needs of our patients who have found themselves fighting both at the same time. Our treatments are designed to give those with co-occurring disorders the best possible chance at succeeding in their journeys to healing and recovery.
Every patient who comes to us suffering from co-occurring disorders will work with his or her treatment team to develop a personalized plan to best address his or her unique needs in treatment. Our goal is to help our patients live the full, rich lives they desire and deserve.
If you or someone you know is wrestling with a substance use disorder and a co-occurring mental health diagnosis, know that there is help available to you. You do not need to struggle alone. For more information about Twelve Oaks Recovery Center or to find answers to any questions that you may have about our programs, please feel free to contact us at any time. Let us help you or your loved one take the first steps towards a healthier tomorrow.