Addiction Treatment with Co-Occurring Mental Disorders
A co-occurring disorder in an addiction treatment context is comprised of a substance use disorder and at least one mental disorder. Mental disorders are, more often than not, the underlying cause for substance use disorders. Approximately 7.9-million adults in the U.S. where suffering with co-occurring disorders in 2014, according to SAMHSA’s 2014 National Survey on Drug Use and Health. Fortunately, there are supports in place that provide integrated treatment for co-occurring disorders to stop the vicious cycle,
About half of all people who experience a mental illness will also experience a substance use disorder at some point in their lives.1Co-occurring disorders (sometimes referred to as “dual diagnosis”) are a fairly new concept in the treatment of addiction. Previously, mental health disorders were treated exclusively in psychiatric environments and substance use disorders were treated at drug rehabilitation centers.The problem with this segmented approach to treatment is that the client receives treatment for their drug addiction in rehab, but omitting psychiatric care, neglects the underlying cause of their addiction. Not addressing the underlying causes of a substance use disorder in treatment can lead to relapse once treatment is complete.