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Getting to the Underlying Issues: Co-Occurring Disorders

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Are you suffering from addiction and can’t pinpoint the reason for addiction? You may be suffering from an underlying condition, such as a mental health condition, that may influence your addiction. Co-occurring disorders refer to when two or more conditions, such as mental health and addiction, occur simultaneously in a person’s life.

Woodland Recovery Center understands how difficult it can be to battle two conditions simultaneously. That’s why we offer co-occurring disorders treatment to help you address both conditions. Our caring team of professionals can provide support and guidance as they work with you to develop an individualized treatment plan that meets your unique needs. Call us today at 662.222.2989 to learn more about diagnosing co-occurring disorders and seeking treatment for your underlying mental health issues.

What Are Co-Occurring Disorders?

Co-occurring disorders occur when two separate conditions exist in the same person. These conditions can include mental health conditions such as anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, and schizophrenia, as well as substance use disorders like alcohol and drug addiction. Co-occurring disorders are common and can profoundly impact a person’s mental, emotional, and physical health.

At Woodland Recovery Center, we can help you identify if you have co-occurring disorders and understand underlying issues and their meaning to help develop an individualized treatment plan to address both conditions comprehensively. Our experienced team of professionals can provide psychological support and guidance as you work through your recovery journey.

Why Does This Connection Exist?

There are many reasons why people with mental health conditions may turn to drug addiction. This is what makes addiction so complex—It’s a condition influenced by other mental health conditions that can create an overwhelming cycle of substance use and relapse. Some of the most common behaviors caused by mental health conditions that contribute to addiction include:

  • Lack of impulse control
  • Desire to create a personal social group
  • Severe depression
  • Emotional and physical pain
  • Paranoia or severe anxiety
  • Self-medication

When treating a co-occurring disorder, it’s essential to understand both the mental health condition and addiction. By understanding the connection between the two conditions, we can help you develop a plan for lasting recovery.

Symptoms of Co-Occurring Disorders

Symptoms can vary widely depending on the specific conditions involved, but there are several common signs to look out for. These may include sudden changes in:

  • Sleep patterns
  • Mood or behavior
  • Social activities and relationships
  • Eating habits
  • Substance use

Mental health symptoms could range from:

  • Depression
  • Hopelessness
  • Hallucinations
  • Anxiety
  • Thoughts of self-harm or suicide

On the other hand, signs of substance use might include increased tolerance to substances, withdrawal symptoms when not using the substance, and continued use despite negative consequences. It’s important to note that these symptoms often exacerbate each other, making it crucial to seek professional help if you or a loved one is experiencing these signs. Please remember only a qualified healthcare provider can diagnose co-occurring disorders.

Benefits of Addressing Underlying Issues and Their Meaning

Addressing underlying issues and their meanings can pave the path toward a more comprehensive and effective recovery process. By focusing on these root causes, individuals are not just treating symptoms but are working toward long-term wellness and understanding of their conditions. The benefits of this approach include:

  • Improved mental health – Understanding and treating underlying issues can lead to significant improvements in mental health, reducing symptoms of depression, anxiety, and other conditions.
  • Sustainable recovery – Addressing the root causes of addiction increases the likelihood of a sustainable recovery by tackling the factors that contribute to substance use.
  • Enhanced self-awareness – This approach promotes a deeper understanding of oneself, including triggers and behaviors contributing to addiction, fostering personal growth and self-awareness.
  • Increased coping skills – Learning to deal with underlying issues equips individuals with coping mechanisms to handle stress, reducing the likelihood of relapse.
  • Stronger relationships – The process of addressing and understanding one’s underlying issues can lead to healthier communication and stronger relationships with friends and family.

By confronting and comprehending the underlying issues that impact addiction, individuals stand a better chance at recovery and a healthier life ahead.

Treatment for Co-Occurring Disorders

The goal of treatment for co-occurring disorders is to address both conditions comprehensively. Woodland Recovery Center offers evidence-based treatments like cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT), trauma-informed care, and dialectical behavior therapy (DBT). We understand that addiction can be challenging to overcome without the proper support, so we’re committed to providing the highest quality of care for individuals suffering from co-occurring disorders.

A typical drug rehabilitation program will involve the following:

  • Chemical detoxification, if needed
  • Dietary changes to implement stronger health
  • Treatment for any physical problems that plague your body
  • Various behavior modification techniques
  • Learning new coping mechanisms for cravings and relapse

While this is occurring, you will also undergo serious psychological counseling to help identify your mental health issues. You and your psychiatrist will delve into why these issues influence the severity of your addiction and how you can move past them. You are likely to undergo personal, family, and group counseling to learn new methods of coping with the problems caused by your mental health.

The intriguing thing that will happen is that you’ll slowly start finding self-confidence again. You will have faith in your capability to overcome addiction and acquire skills to manage symptoms of depression, anxiety, and other issues. Even if you are prescribed medication to alleviate the severe symptoms, remember that the ultimate goal is to develop the resilience and expertise required to conquer addiction and maintain a resilient, stable, and sober lifestyle for life.

Call Woodland Recovery Center for Co-Occurring Disorders Treatment

Getting the treatment you need is a complex process that often requires difficult personal reflection and asking yourself many difficult questions. Sometimes, it may require a hand to hold and a friendly ear to listen.

At Woodland Recovery Center, we support you throughout your recovery journey. Our compassionate team of professionals can help you find the care and treatment you need to regain control of your life. Call us today at 662.222.2989 or contact us online for more information on diagnosing co-occurring disorders and finding treatment.