Most addicts today are faced with more than one addiction. Many of these addictions coexist, interact, reinforce and fuse in a process called Addiction Interaction Disorder (AID).
Coexisting addictions to drugs and alcohol, gambling, sex, eating, work or the Internet can become chronic and progressive if left unidentified and untreated. In a Caron patient survey on compulsive behaviors, 45.4% admitted to having struggled with one or more forms of compulsive behaviors during the last 30 days (sex, eating or gambling). This study points to the importance of recognizing that other addictions may coexist with a chemical dependence. If left undiagnosed and untreated, AID puts individuals at high risk for chronic relapse.
Caron believes that specialized screenings, comprehensive assessments, individual and group addiction counseling and educational lectures are effective strategies when treating addicts and their families. Our programs involve a daily 12-Step curriculum while addressing multiple addictions and to promoting a culture of peer support.
We believe that quality addiction care is patient-centered, rooted in the 12-Step tradition, and focused on the whole person. Caron’s comprehensive behavioral healthcare treatment and addiction rehabilitation provides screening, assessment, education and treatment for chemically dependent patients and their families who may also be struggling with co-existing compulsive behaviors or addictions. Commonly identified compulsive behaviors or addictions in this population are nicotine and caffeine addiction, problematic gambling, eating disorders, work addiction, and sex addiction or compulsive sexual behaviors.
Caron’s comprehensive continuum of care includes:
- Education on the need to address compulsive behaviors in addition to one’s drug problem in order to fully embrace recovery and prevent relapse
- Skills for avoiding relapse triggers and recognizing signs of relapse
- Addressing compulsive behaviors in a 12-Step format
- Skills encouraging healthy behaviors over compulsive behaviors
- A continuing care plan
Learn more about Addiction Interaction Disorder and Caron's Integrated Treatment Approach by reading COUNSELOR Magazine's article.