Co-occurring disorder is a medical term used to describe the presence of two or more mental disorders at the same time, such as a person struggling with substance abuse and post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Other common co-occurring disorders are cocaine and major depression, alcoholism and panic disorder, and polydrug abuse and schizophrenia.
There are countless variations in how co-occurring disorders affect people, as both disorders may each be mild, or one may be much more severe and require more attention the other. More than half of adults who struggle with severe mental illness also suffer from substance use disorders, which include addiction and/or abuse problems. Individuals with co-occurring disorders often require longer, more integrated treatment than those with one single disorder.
In addition, individuals with co-occurring disorders also face unique challenges, such as the double stigma involved which adds a significant amount of pressure on the person; it affects them not only in social settings but within the family as well. Another challenge is finding treatment services that can address both issues in one integrated recovery program, rather than separately. It’s highly recommended by treatment professionals that individuals recovering from a co-occurring disorder address both issues together as if they were one. This is because resolving one disorder without addressing the other may lead to continual relapse, as often both disorders are interconnected. However, many rehabs do not offer these integrated treatment approaches, so the person has to go through great lengths to find suitable treatment that meet their specific needs.
Common Co-occurring Disorders
Florida Center for Recovery specializes in treating substance addiction as well as behavioral and process addictions such as: compulsive gambling, eating disorders, self-harm, shopping and sex addiction. Our comprehensive Addiction Treatment Programs include the treatment of co-occurring disorders in addition to treatment of individuals diagnosed with PTSD, ADD/ADHD, Mood Disorders, Bipolar Disorder, Depression and Anxiety. Therapeutic treatment includes: specialized addiction treatment for expectant mothers, relapse prevention program, family therapy, trauma therapy, art therapy, detox massage, yoga and aftercare programs which are all designed to address each client’s specific needs.
For more information on our addiction treatment programs and therapeutic approaches, call toll free at: 800-960-5041. Florida Center for Recovery offers residential and outpatient drug and alcohol rehab treatment through 12-Step and Non 12-Step Programs.