Common Co-Occurring Disorders

Addiction is a serious disease that affects the brain. For many people, addiction does not occur alone. It is common for co-occurring disorders to be present along with addiction. Fortunately, these are often treatable. If you or a loved one is battling addiction and other mental health issues, finding the best dual diagnosis treatment center is key to treatment.

Common Co-Occurring Disorders

Several common co-occurring disorders can be seen with addiction.

  • PTSD, or Post-traumatic stress disorder is one of those disorders. PTSD can itself be the result of traumatic experiences like physical abuse, war or domestic violence, sexual abuse, and childhood neglect.
  • Depression is a common co-occurring disorder and one of the most common mental disorders. In some cases, substance use can induce depression, which can lead to more substance abuse.
  • The desire to relieve anxiety may make people turn to substances. For example, taking alcohol and other substances to suppress anxiety in social situations.
  • Bipolar disorder may cause depression and mania, both of which can lead to substance abuse. Bipolar disorder is typically caused due to a chemical imbalance in the brain. Some people start using substances to relieve the symptoms but it usually leads 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.

Treating Co-occurring Disorders

Co-occurring disorders are treated with dual diagnosis treatment in trusted rehabs by qualified professional. Treatment often involves –

  • Medical detox treatment program
  • Psychotherapy
  • Individual and group counseling
  • Cognitive-behavioral therapy and dialectical behavioral therapy
  • Ongoing care to prevent relapse
  • Sober living home and aftercare programs
  • Holistic treatment options


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