What are Co-occurring Disorders and How are They Treated?


What are Co-occurring Disorders?

Any individual who experiences a substance abuse issue as well as a mental health issue suffers from what is called a co-occurring disorder, or a dual diagnosis.These disorders can be difficult to diagnose because of the complexity of symptoms. Mental illness is a broad term that encompasses many individual disorders. At Banyan Treatment Center in Boca Raton, our residential Mental Health Program specializes in thought and affective disorders (mood and anxiety disorders). There are a variety of different treatment methods used to treat co-occurring disorders, and Banyan Treatment Center offers integrated treatment for all individuals who are struggling.

Mental Health Program for Addiction

Banyan Treatment Center’s Mental Health Program is a unique program that is designed to offer medical care and treatment for mental illness at the residential level of care. This program serves as a transition from hospitalization, or as a direct admission for continued stabilization in a less restrictive setting. Both mental health and substance use disorders can be treated with therapy techniques including cognitive behavioral therapy or dialectical behavioral therapy. Properly treating these disorders will allow people to lead happier and healthier lifestyles.

Although mental health and substance use disorders differ from one another, they often coexist within an individual. According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness, the most common disorders that appear simultaneously include:

  • Alcoholism and antisocial personality disorder
  • Heroin abuse and depression
  • Cocaine abuse and anxiety disorder
  • Opioids and post-traumatic stress disorder
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