Addiction 101

Co-occurring Disorders Treatment

Mental health issues and addiction frequently go hand-in-hand. Discover why it’s critically important to address both.

Co-occurring Disorders Treatment
Co-occurring Disorders Treatment
Co-occurring Disorders Treatment
Co-occurring Disorders Treatment
Co-occurring Disorders Treatment

It’s not uncommon for people with mental health issues to turn to drugs or alcohol as a way of self-medicating.

Conversely, individuals who struggle with substance use are more likely to develop mental health problems. Both addiction and mental illness cause changes in the brain that can exacerbate symptoms and make it difficult to recover without professional help.

There are many different types of co-occurring mental health disorders and mood disorders, but some of the most common include:

  • Anxiety disorders

  • Depressive disorders

  • Eating disorders

  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

  • Schizophrenia

  • Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder

  • Borderline Personality Disorder

Treating co-occurring disorders can be complex, but it’s important to get help if you or someone you love is struggling. The first step is to seek professional help from a mental health provider or addiction specialist. It’s important to find a treatment program that offers integrated care, which means they treat both the mental health disorder and the addiction simultaneously. This is because treating one without the other often leads to relapse.

Treatment for co-occurring disorders typically includes a combination of therapy, medication, self-care, and a treatment plan. Therapy can help you understand your thoughts, feelings, and behaviors. It can also provide you with tools to cope with triggers and cravings. Medication can be an important part of treating mental health disorders and addiction. For example, antidepressants can help treat depression, and anti-anxiety medication can help reduce anxiety. Self-care is also an important part of treatment, which may include things like exercise, relaxation techniques, and healthy eating.

At Caron, we understand that these co-occurring disorders can lead to substance abuse such as drug use or alcohol addiction. Our programs are designed to help you manage your mental health so that you can live a happy, healthy life. We offer a variety of treatment services, including:

  • Treatment for depression, anxiety, and other mental health disorders

  • Substance use disorder treatment

  • Alcohol use disorder treatment

  • Drug addiction treatment

  • Individual, group, and family therapy

  • Dual diagnosis treatment

  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

  • Aftercare and alumni support

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