Co-Occurring Disorders Treatment Center
Addiction can be a devastating disease in and of itself—but for many individuals, it is only part of the problem. It is not uncommon for someone with addiction to also struggle with a related mood or mental health disorder, anything from depression to PTSD. When a mental health disorder occurs at the same time as addiction, it is referred a co-occurring disorder, and it can compound the severity of the condition. However, there is hope. Recovery is always attainable, even for those whose conditions are varied and complex. Seacliff is proud to offer caring clinical intervention for those struggling with addiction and co-occurring mental health conditions.
What is a Co-Occurring Disorder?
Co-occurring disorders can come with many different names—depression, anxiety, trauma and PTSD, obsessive-compulsive disorder, bipolar disorder, and more. Ultimately, any mental health condition that is present at the same time as addiction qualifies as a co-occurring disorder.
The link between addiction and mental health conditions can be complicated. In some cases, it may be right to say that the mental health condition causes the addiction, or at the very least exacerbates it. For example, a person with anxiety might start drinking in order to control the symptoms, a form of self-medication that can spiral into addiction. In other instances, though, the mental health disorder and the addiction share the same underlying issue—a problem with genetics, brain chemistry, etc. Ultimately, the relationship between co-occurring disorders varies according to the individual.
Co-Occurring Disorders and Dual Diagnosis
One of the factors that makes co-occurring disorders so serious is that they can make diagnosis much more difficult. The symptoms of addiction may mask the presence of another disorder, or vice versa, and the symptoms are ultimately treated instead of the underlying condition. Dual diagnosis care seeks to identify all co-occurring disorders and to treat them at their root, ensuring an all-over, holistic approach to treatment. Seacliff is proud to practice dual diagnosis care, and we provide treatment for a range of conditions—addiction as well as related mental health disorders.
Substance Abuse & Addiction
Certainly, we work with those who struggle with the grip of addiction, whether to alcohol, prescription painkillers or illegal drugs. We provide an individualized approach to treatment, working with each client to find a therapeutic model that will ultimately provide a foundation for lasting, ongoing recovery.
Mental Health Disorders and Treatment
Additionally, our compassionate, clinical caregivers provide treatment to those who struggle with mental health disorders—and again, our approach is individualized. Our model may encompass one-on-one therapy, group sessions, and beyond. The goal is to place each client on the path to lifelong healing and wholeness.
Common Symptoms of Co-Occurring Disorders
Do you or a loved one struggle with co-occurring disorders? If you wrestle with both substance abuse and a related mood condition then the answer could be yes. Here are some of the most common forms that co-occurring disorders take:
- Major depression
- Bipolar disorder
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Panic attacks
- Social anxiety
- Generalized anxiety disorder
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
Ultimately, any condition that leads to altered behavior or thought patterns is something to discuss with your primary caregiver—and perhaps reason to inquire about dual diagnosis care.
Get Help for Co-Occurring Disorders
When you struggle with addiction or with a mental health condition, it may seem like things are hopeless—but they never are. Treatment works, and with the right intervention, you can enjoy a lifetime of healing and wholeness. That is ultimately, what we seek to provide here at Seacliff.
Whether you are struggling yourself or you are concerned about a friend, we invite you to contact us today to learn more about Seacliff’s proven approach to dual diagnosis care.