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
- 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