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Treating Co-Occurring Disorders

Addiction affects every aspect of a person’s life, including physical health, relationships with loved ones, career, finances, etc. It even sabotages one’s mental well-being. Thus, for a successful recovery, one must address how addiction and mental health are closely related and treat any co-occurring disorders. If you or a loved one is struggling with addiction or co-occurring disorders, reach out to Lighthouse Recovery’s dual diagnosis treatment program in Florida.

Studies indicate that treating the physical symptoms of addiction isn’t enough. Addiction and mental health go hand-in-hand. Those struggling with a substance use disorder may already have a history of depression or anxiety. However, with intensive medical attention and therapy, it is possible to commit to long-term sobriety. To know more about our personalized treatment programs for addiction and mental health, call us at 866.308.2090.

Treating Co-Occurring Disorders

For lifelong recovery, the physical symptoms of addiction must be treated along with any co-occurring disorders such as depression, anxiety, trauma, or chronic health issues.

What Are Co-Occurring Disorders?

“Co-occurring disorders” is an umbrella term used to refer to clients who have one or more substance use disorders alongside one or more mental health disorders. Co-occurring disorders often act as an obstacle to recovery and increase the risk of suicide, unemployment, or criminal activity. Thus, unless the root causes of addiction are addressed, a person may suffer a relapse even after formally completing treatment.

Some of the most common co-occurring disorders include:

  • Anxiety disorder
  • Bipolar disorder
  • Depressive disorder
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
  • Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)
  • Schizophrenia

Addiction and Mental Health

Addiction and mental health are interlinked. For instance, someone struggling with depression may turn to alcohol or drugs as a coping mechanism and develop a deadly addiction. Or, a person with a chemical dependence on a substance may struggle with painful withdrawal symptoms, worsening their mental health.

Either way, it is crucial to treat the person with care and compassion and address the root causes of addiction. Nowadays, most quality rehabs offer a “dual diagnosis” treatment plan, where the client’s physical symptoms of addiction along with their mental health issues are both taken into account.

Why Opt for Integrated Treatment of Co-Occurring Disorders

For a successful recovery from a substance use disorder, it is safer and better to opt for integrated treatment, such as a dual diagnosis program, for the following reasons:

  • Addressing only the physical symptoms of addiction, such as the painful withdrawal symptoms and cravings, neglects their emotional well-being.
  • In many cases, the presence of an untreated mental health disorder paves the way for addiction.
  • Improving the client’s mental health encourages them to be self-motivated and resilient, thereby effectively speeding up the recovery process.
  • Treating the co-occurring disorders in therapy also teaches the client to develop healthier habits and better coping mechanisms.
  • Integrated treatment is often individualized as per one’s medical history, unique needs, and budget; thus, the client receives better care, attention, and support.

Find Help and Healing at Lighthouse Recovery Institute

At Lighthouse Recovery, we prioritize both the client’s physical health and mental well-being. Using a mixture of medically-assisted treatment (MAT), evidence-based therapies (EBT), and other holistic resources, we ensure that every client is empowered to make a full recovery.

We offer a variety of services, including partial hospitalization, intensive outpatient care, aftercare programs, and trauma therapy, that can be further tailored as per a patient’s unique needs. Our 90-day treatment programs are particularly designed to help clients recover from addiction and reconnect with the community.

No matter how severe the symptoms, a better life awaits you. Call us at 866.308.2090 and take the first step towards healing today.

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