Co-Occurring Disorder Treatment

What Is A Co-Occurring Disorder?

Individuals who struggle with both a substance use disorder and mental illness are faced with the challenges of what’s known as a co-occurring disorder (COD), also referred to as a dual diagnosis. In the past, mental health disorders and substance use disorders were treated separately, leaving many without the necessary support to address underlying issues. Similarly, those seeking help for mental health concerns often overlooked their substance abuse problems.

Interestingly, co-occurring disorders are more common than you might think. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, approximately half of individuals with a mental illness or a substance abuse disorder (SUD) will experience the other at some point in their lives. The combination of these conditions worsens the negative consequences of both. That’s why it is vital to seek treatment from a facility experienced in addressing Co Occurring Disorders.

Why Do These Disorders Occur Together?

There are several compelling reasons why these disorders often co-occur. Common risk factors, such as genetics, stress, and trauma, play a significant role in the development of both substance use disorders (SUDs) and mental disorders. However, it is crucial to note that a mental disorder can act as a catalyst for the emergence of SUDs. Individuals dealing with mental health issues frequently resort to self-medication as a coping mechanism to alleviate their suffering. Unfortunately, this approach often exacerbates the problem. Conversely, those struggling with SUDs are more vulnerable to the onset of a mental disorder. Prolonged substance abuse can adversely affect brain function, increasing the susceptibility to mental health complications (National Institute on Drug Abuse).

Treatment For Co-Occurring Disorders:

Treating patients with Co-Occurring Disorders (CODs) requires a unique approach, given the intricacies involved. However, with advancements in substance abuse and mental health treatments, we can now tackle these conditions together. At the esteemed Aurora Recovery Center, we take pride in assisting countless individuals on their journey to recovery from CODs.

To ensure comprehensive care, we follow the integrated treatment approach recommended by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). Instead of approaching each disorder independently, our customized treatment programs seamlessly combine substance abuse and mental health interventions.

Our patients benefit from a combination of evidence-based therapies, including Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and motivational incentives. CBT encompasses both private and group therapy sessions, counseling, effective coping strategies, and relapse prevention techniques. Additionally, our integrative services provide a holistic healing experience, incorporating scientifically supported practices such as massage therapy, meditation, chiropractic care, auriculotherapy, and nutrition education.

Treating patients as a whole, addressing their mind, body, and soul, is our primary objective at Aurora Recovery Center. If you’d like more information about our exceptional co-occurring disorder treatment program, please don’t hesitate to reach out. We’re available 24/7 at +1 888-315-1566. Our team of compassionate and skilled medical professionals is ready to guide you towards a liberating life of sobriety, where your potential knows no bounds.

We welcome the chance to serve you.

Our philosophy is firmly rooted in dignity, compassion, innovation, and long-term success, all of which guide our commitment to providing comprehensive care. We truly value the crucial role of parents and loved ones in each patient’s recovery, and it is our unwavering duty to equip them with the necessary tools and knowledge to embrace a fulfilling life, unburdened by the constraints of substance abuse.

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