What Are Co-Occurring Disorders?
Treatment of drug and alcohol addiction is seldom as simple as merely addressing the particular chemicals an addict is taking into his body. More often than not, addicts suffer from other disorders in conjunction with their chemical dependency which is clinically referred to as co-occurring disorders. The National Survey of Substance Abuse Treatment Services says about 45% of U.S. citizens seeking treatment have been diagnosed with co-occurring disorders. According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s National Survey on Drug Use and Health in 2014 approximately 7.9 million adults in America suffered from co-occurring disorders. Recovery Ways holistic approach allows for decreased readmission rates, increased tenure in sobriety, increased patient satisfaction and decreased absenteeism.
Common Co-Occurrences with Substance Use
Co-occurring disorders means that a person is affected in two ways: they are chemically dependent and experiencing an emotional or psychiatric illness. There are many personality and disorders that can co-occur with substance abuse. They can include but are not limited to antisocial personality disorder, borderline personality disorder, obsessive-compulsive personality disorder, narcissistic personality disorder, and paranoid personality disorder. Mood disorders can also co-occur with substance abuse. Some mood disorders that are common with chemical dependency are depression, trauma, bipolar disorder, and anxiety.