Co-Occurring Disorders

Co-Occurring Disorders, formerly known as dual diagnosis, refers to a situation whereby an individual suffers from a drug or alcohol problem and a psychiatric disorder.

Research shows that more than 35% and 53% of alcohol and drug abusers respectively have mental disorders. In addition to that, more than 25% of individuals who abuse alcohol or drugs have mental illnesses.

Dual Diagnosis TreatmentSome of these mental disorders include:

  • Maniac episodes
  • Obsessive-compulsive disorder
  • Antisocial personality disorder
  • Schizophrenia

Disorders may come in two ways. The mental condition may be the underlying cause and consequently, the person will turn to drugs or alcohol to help him or her adjust to the illness.

Alternatively, alcohol or drug abuse may precede the mental disorder. It is important for such an individual to seek help from a dual diagnosis treatment center such as Malibu Rehab Center. The treatment center will address these two conditions simultaneously thus enabling recovery.

Consequences of Co-Occurring Disorders:

  • Legal problems
  • Isolation
  • Financial problems
  • Loss of employment
  • Family problems
  • Increased need for health care services

Detox and Co-Occurring Disorder Treatment

While being treated for co-occurring disorders, it is common for most patients to first undergo detoxification. Detoxification can be described as a situation whereby the body gets rid of alcohol and or drug toxins. A dual diagnosis patient who has severe alcohol or drug addiction undergoes medical detoxification and this involves the use of various methods to help the person manage withdrawal effects. After detoxification, the co-occurring disorder patient is ready for the next stage of treatment, which aims at helping the individual overcome alcohol or drug addiction.

Examples of therapies that the patient may undergo include:

  • Cognitive behavior therapy
  • Motivational enhancement therapy
  • Family therapy
  • Group therapy

Adjunct treatment is also instrumental in treatment the psyche disorder. Examples of adjunct treatment programs include expressive and occupation therapy. Furthermore, adjunct treatment helps an individual to express their feelings and communicate more clearly.

Family and friends play a critical role in helping the person overcome his or her dual problem. The family and friends of the addict help him or her overcome addiction by providing support and encouragement. Additionally, individuals are taught how to provide care and support to their loved ones. The family and friends of the drug addict may help him or her overcome the psychiatric condition by providing support, which is prudent in an effective recovery program.