Co-occurring Disorders: An Overview

Co-occurring Disorders: An Overview 2018-12-03T22:09:07+00:00

Co-occurring Disorders: An Overview

It is highly common for an individual struggling with substance abuse to also have a co-occurring disorder. A co-occurring disorder, also known as a dual diagnosis, is when someone who has any combination of mental health disorders and substance abuse/ addiction disorder. There is no way to tell which disorder manifests first, as each individual is different. In some cases, a mental health disorder precedes one’s development of a drug and/or alcohol abuse disorder, and vice versa in other cases. It has been noted that living with a mental health disorder does increase the possibility of the development of an addiction disorder.

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Causes

There is no single cause attributed to why one may develop a mental health disorder and/or an addiction disorder. In many cases a combination of the following all play a roll in the development of a mental health disorder and/or a an addiction disorder:

  • Genetics—studies have indicated that genetics can play a part in the possibility of developing a mental health and/or addiction disorder. Individuals who have a close relative with an addiction disorder are at a higher risk for developing their own addiction disorder. Similarly, individuals with a close relative who has a mental health disorder are at greater risk for developing mental health issues.
  • Biology—some individuals are biologically predisposed and attracted to the high that is experienced from drugs and/or alcohol use.
  • Environment—being regularly exposed to (by living in a home and/or being surrounded by) heavy drug and/or alcohol use can contribute to the development of an addiction disorder.
  • Life Experience—mental health disorders can manifest as a result of abuse of certain drugs and/or high amounts of alcohol. The development of chronic illnesses can also lead to developing mental health disorders.
  • Trauma—exposure to emotional, physical, and/or sexual abuse can result in an individual self-medicating through the use of drugs and/or alcohol. This unhealthy coping mechanism can lead to addiction and further exacerbating the mental health issues at hand (i.e. depression, post-traumatic stress disorder, anxiety…etc.).

Unfortunately, dual diagnosis is not an uncommon occurrence. In fact, it has been reported that close to seven million people over the age of twelve in America who have an addiction disorder also have a mental health disorder.

A dual diagnosis can be tricky to diagnose. It is, therefore, essential to be evaluated by a qualified mental health professional, and in many cases additionally by a medical professional when dealing with dual diagnosis. Many people who suffer from co occurring disorders will have unique needs when it comes to their treatment and recovery process. The first step in treatment is to undergo detox (the process that rids one’s body of an abused substance or substances). For people with co occurring disorders it may be beneficial to undergo detox in a medically supervised setting. The withdrawal symptoms that an individual may experience can be challenging, and the twenty-four-hour support of a professional can be helpful. Additionally, a medically supervised detox program will ensure the safety of the individual for the duration of the detox program.

Depending on the specific needs of an individual, after the completion of detox, a subsequent treatment program is frequently recommended. There are many different types of treatment options available for people with co occurring disorders. A treatment program that is equipped to help an individual with co occurring disorders will help to treat both the mental health diagnosis as well as the addiction diagnosis. This is essential as the recovery process from substance abuse or a mental health disorder, alone, can be an overwhelming feat, hence having to treat them simultaneously can be quite challenging. When selecting a treatment program it is important to find one that can accommodate a dual diagnosis.  

If you or someone you know is struggling with substance abuse or addiction, please seriously consider getting help as soon as possible. Addiction can be an incredibly damaging disease and the sooner help is received, the better. For further information on substance abuse or addiction, feel free to reach out to us at: https://www.victorias-house.com/contact-us/ or 1-800-210-1216. You are also more than welcome to email us at info@victorias-house.com. We are happy to answer any questions and provide any information you may be looking for regarding substance abuse and addiction.

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