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Why Is It Important to Treat Co-occurring Disorders?

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Substance use disorder occurs when chronic drug or alcohol abuse leads to significant impairment in a person’s life. This can include health problems and an inability to meet personal or professional responsibilities. Many Americans struggle with substance use disorder as addiction rates continue to rise. It’s not uncommon for someone living with addiction to also have a co-occurring mental health disorder. In fact, substance abuse and mental illness can often go hand-in-hand. For those seeking treatment and recovery, it’s essential to find the right treatment program that addresses both conditions.

Northpoint Nebraska takes an integrated approach to addiction and mental health treatment. We provide various inpatient programs that promote physical, mental, and emotional healing. Our co-occurring disorder treatment program is designed to treat both disorders simultaneously and teach patients the tools they need to live a healthy, sober life.

What Is Co-occurring Disorder Treatment?

A co-occurring disorder is a mental illness a person experiences alongside substance use disorder. The symptoms of addiction and mental health conditions can be similar, which can make it hard to recognize a co-occurring disorder. In many cases, an individual struggling with an undiagnosed mental disorder will self-medicate with drugs or alcohol to soothe their symptoms. While it can provide temporary relief, continued substance abuse can quickly lead to addiction and substance use disorder. In other instances, addiction can damage a person’s mental health. The best course of action for treatment is to take an integrated approach that treats both disorders at the same time.

When someone struggles with co-occurring disorders, they can negatively enhance each other. This can make treatment complex as individuals heal from physical, mental, and emotional side effects. Treating both disorders simultaneously ensures that patients heal holistically and gain a better understanding of how their addiction and mental illness impacted each other. Receiving mental health support throughout addiction treatment can also help with withdrawal symptoms, cravings, and compulsive behavior. Patients in our co-occurring disorders treatment program receive the care and support they need to achieve and maintain lasting recovery.

Treating Co-occurring Disorders

When it comes to treating co-occurring disorders, it’s critical to treat the disorders simultaneously. The early stages of treatment can be challenging as patients go through detox and withdrawal. Receiving mental health support throughout each stage of recovery can help individuals cope with physical and emotional discomfort. Neglecting an individual’s mental illness throughout addiction treatment is also harmful because it does not address the underlying causes of addiction and can lead to relapse. At Northpoint Nebraska, we provide high-quality care when treating various co-occurring disorders.

Disorders that commonly co-occur with addiction are:

  • Depression
  • Anxiety disorders
  • Bipolar disorder
  • Eating disorders
  • PTSD
  • Phobias
  • Eating disorders

Treating co-occurring disorders involves creating individualized treatment plans for each patient. Because everyone’s experiences with addiction and mental health are different, their treatment and recovery needs will also be unique. Patients meet one-on-one with a counselor to receive an assessment and proper treatment. Throughout treatment, individuals identify their triggers and learn healthy coping skills to manage stress and deal with challenges. We help patients learn how to healthily manage their mental health and sobriety after treatment.

Treating Dual Diagnosis at Northpoint Nebraska

Struggling with substance use disorder and a co-occurring disorder is overwhelming, and recovery can feel hopeless. However, our team can help you understand your dual diagnosis and how to improve your mental and emotional well-being. Some of the additional treatment programs we offer are:

  • Alcohol detox and rehab
  • Drug detox and rehab
  • Relapse prevention program
  • Medical detox program
  • Vivitrol treatment
  • Anxiety treatment program
  • Depression treatment program
  • Bipolar disorder treatment program
  • Dialectical behavior therapy
  • Cognitive-behavioral therapy

For more information about treating co-occurring disorders, contact Northpoint Nebraska at 888.351.3834.