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Addiction and Common Co-Occurring Disorders

Authored by Granite Recovery Centers    Reviewed by James Gamache    Last Updated: August 27th, 2021


James Gamache Medical Reviewer
Jim is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LICSW) and Licensed Masters Level Addictions Counselor (MLADC). He has been working in the field of mental health/addiction treatment since 1995. Jim earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Human Services from Springfield College in 2000, and a Masters Degree in Social Work from Boston University in 2002. In 2002 Jim was hired by the Mental Health Center of Greater Manchester holding the position of Clinical Case Manager. From 2004-2019, Jim was employed at WestBridge Inc. During his time at WestBridge, Jim held the following positions; Clinician, Team Leader, Director, & Chief Operations Officer. In 2019 Jim transitioned employment to GateHouse Treatment Center as the Clinical Director for 10 months. In October of 2020 Jim transitioned to Granite Recovery Centers and is currently serving as the Senior VP of Clinical Services and Quality Assurance.

Addiction is a serious issue that affects millions of people in America, and for many, addiction does not occur alone. Fortunately, common co-occurring disorders alongside addiction are often treatable. If you or a loved one contends with addiction and other mental health concerns, you may be on a search for answers. For addiction issues, finding the best dual diagnosis treatment center New Hampshire has to offer is critical.

What Common Co-Occurring Disorders Influence Addiction?

Several common co-occurring disorders exist alongside addiction. Post-traumatic stress disorder, or PTSD, is one of those disorders. PTSD can result from traumatic experiences that include physical abuse, war violence, domestic violence, sexual abuse, and childhood neglect.

Depression is another common co-occurring disorder with addiction. In fact, depression is one of the most common mental disorders in the world. In some cases, alcohol and other substances can induce depression, which can then lead to more substance abuse.

Anxiety is another common health condition, and it comes in many forms. Many people turn to substances to relieve the pain anxiety causes. Alcohol and substance abuse suppresses anxiety in social situations, for example.

Bipolar disorder causes depression and mania, both of which can lead to substance abuse. The cause of the bipolar disorder is typically a chemical imbalance in the brain. Some people rely on substances to reduce the symptoms of the condition, but it can actually lead to further substance abuse.

Other common disorders that coincide with addiction include borderline personality disorder, body dysmorphic disorder, eating disorders, ADHD, schizophrenia, and obsessive-compulsive disorder.

How Do Professionals Treat Addiction?

There are several things you can do about addiction and any common co-occurring disorders. Psychotherapy is one of the most effective means of treating addiction and other disorders.

Individual counseling and group counseling are great options to address treatment. In addition, cognitive-behavioral therapy and dialectical behavioral therapy are both helpful therapeutic techniques. Cognitive-behavioral therapy, or CBT, seeks to change the way a client thinks, which in turn impacts their behavior. Dialectical behavioral therapy, or DBT, changes negative thinking patterns into positive ones. In addition, these treatment options are beneficial to treat anxiety, depression, eating disorders, and other mental illness.

Also, dual diagnosis treatment is instrumental in addressing comorbid disorders. EMDR and trauma therapy can help our residents with multiple diagnoses.

Support groups are also helpful for those who live with addiction. 12 step programs treat addiction in a group setting while also allowing clients to explore their relationship with depression, anxiety, and other mental illness. In addition, these programs rely on the concept of lifelong recovery.

What Do Granite Recovery Centers Offer?

Granite Recovery Centers offer assistance to help you deal with common co-occurring disorders. Not only do we offer a team of experienced professionals, but our facilities also offer recreational opportunities through fun outings and exercise programs at our on-site gym.

Our programs also include:

Granite Recovery Centers treat addiction and common co-occurring disorders. You do not have to live with addiction. Our team is ready to help you change your life. Granite Recovery Centers provides medical detoxification for people who do not need immediate medical intervention, are not a danger to themselves, and are capable of self-evacuation in the event of an emergency. Call us today at 855.712.7784 to learn more about our facility.

At Granite Recovery Centers, we want to provide accurate information about health and addiction so that our readers can make informed decisions.

We have credentialed medical doctors & clinicians who specialize in addiction treatment review the information on our website before it is published. We use credible sources such as government websites and journal articles when citing statistics or other medically related topics.