WHAT WE TREAT
Co-Occurring Disorders and Dual Diagnosis
The term co-occurring disorders & dual diagnosis refer to an individual suffering from one or more substance abuse disorders and one or more psychiatric disorders at the same time. These disorders typically overlap in many ways causing confusion and difficulty for those treating the individual. People with Co-Occuring disorders often have a higher rate of relapse. To fully recover, statistics indicate both disorders must be treated simultaneously. This is our approach to treatment.
Why are these separate disorders grouped together?
Co-occurring disorders exist because each disorder can cause symptoms of the other disorder, leading to slow recovery, chronic relapse, and a diminished quality of life. For instance, a person with an undiagnosed psychiatric disorder such as depression may abuse drugs to alleviate the symptoms of depression. If the person gets treatment for addiction but not for depression, the depression still exists and the need for relief from its symptoms continues. The person typically ends up using drugs again to manage the depressive symptoms.
Many basic behavioral models of treatment are ineffective in these populations. If addiction treatment only addresses changing the behaviors, then only the symptoms of the disease are being treated, not the underlying causes. It is for this reason we utilize group counseling and individual counseling as ways to identify the underlying traumas related to addiction. We also work closely with Psychiatric and Psychological resources to ensure true co-occuring treatment.
Recovery is a journey of healing and transformation enabling a person with a problem to live a happy and productive life. Our goal is to have each client return with a smile on their face and a light in their eyes. This is an undeniable miracle of recovery.