Outpatient Co-Occurring Disorders Therapy Types
More than 53 percent of people who are dependent upon drugs are also living with a co-occurring mental health disorder, and about 27 percent of those who struggle with an alcohol abuse disorder are also living with a mental health issue, according to the National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI). As common as it is, many patients don’t realize that the mental health symptoms they experience may be worsened by drug and alcohol abuse. To get effective treatment, it is important that patients undergo treatment that addresses both issues – not attempt to treat the mental health symptoms while continuing to drink or get high or treat substance abuse without learning how to manage the co-occurring mental health symptoms.
Find effective outpatient treatment that addresses both disorders simultaneously when you contact us at the phone number listed above and speak to an admissions coordinator about your family member’s options in treatment.
Why Not Treat Addiction First and Mental Health Issues Later?
The most important reason why patients should not attempt to treat first one disorder and then the other is that the symptoms of one issue can trigger the other. That is, the symptoms of the untreated disorder can sabotage any progress made during treatment of the other disorder.
An example: In many cases, people experience mental health issues prior to the development of substance abuse. They feel depressed, anxious or fearful, and they attempt to “medicate” those feelings by altering their consciousness through alcohol or drug use. Soon, those original mental health issues can trigger the desire to drink or get high. Should they attempt to treat the drug dependence without addressing their mental health symptoms, as soon as they feel scared, anxious or depressed, they will crave their drug of choice and have a difficult time avoiding relapse. In the same way, should they try to treat the mental health symptoms but continue to drink and use drugs, they won’t be present enough to engage in learning how to manage their symptoms without substance abuse.
Therapy Options That Address Co-Occurring Disorders
Often one therapy can effectively address both disorders if the therapist is aware of the dual disorders creating obstacles to the patient’s recovery. More importantly, the specific challenges facing the patient should be addressed through treatment as they pertain to each disorder, and this can mean including therapy options like:
- One-on-one therapy sessions
- Support groups
- 12-step meetings
- Family therapy
- Couples counseling
- Animal-assisted therapies
- Outdoors adventure therapy
- Nutritional counseling
- Sports therapy
- Writing therapy
- Cinema therapy
The more varied the therapies incorporated into treatment, the more likely it is that your loved one will find the support they need to make progress in recovery and identify therapeutic resources that suit their specific needs and personality.
Make Changes for the Better Today
Effective treatment is comprehensive treatment, and comprehensive treatment should be based on the specific experience of your loved one, their goals for the future, and their circumstances today. Contact us at the phone number listed here and speak to an admissions coordinator about the types of outpatient treatment and therapies that your loved one can access. Help your loved one to begin a new life that is characterized by balance and health when you contact us now.