Dual Diagnosis and Co-occurring Disorders

Some rehab programs are specially designed for patients who are afflicted with co-occurring disorders, i.e. a substance abuse problem in conjunction with mental disorders. Due to the delicate and specialized nature of treating co-occurring disorders, patients often have difficulty finding quality therapy and wind up going from doctor to doctor with little to show for their efforts. Studies indicate that approximately half of those with mental or depressive disorders are also impacted by substance abuse issues. That’s why it’s important to find a therapist who will treat the whole problem, and not just the symptoms.

The Complex Nature of Co-Occurring Disorders

Since co-occurring disorders often combine into one big problem, the only effective form of therapy is to explore the pathology, origin and symptoms of both the substance abuse issue and the mental disorder and treat them simultaneously. Unfortunately, there are many treatment centers in the US and on the Internet who claim to provide treatment for co-occurring disorders, but in reality their programs aren't designed to provide the right kind of support for those patients. Treatment centers that understand how to work with co-occurring disorders are staffed by specialists who possess specific experience, and they know how to treat these kinds of patients successfully. Before you consider getting help for yourself or your loved one, an easy way to check if you are looking at a quality treatment center's website is to look for at least an entire page on their website just about co-occurring disorders.

Above and Beyond: The Extra Mile of Co-Occurring Disorder Therapy

People suffering from co-occurring disorders often are unable to find or keep a job, can't maintain relationships with family and friendships, and have great difficulty leading productive lives. High-quality treatment centers address these problems, as well as the many other issues that are associated with co-occurring disorders, while simultaneously providing quality alcohol and drug rehab treatment to help the patient become whole again.

Longer Treatment is Better Treatment

For co-occurring disorder treatment to be successful, a long term (i.e. at least thirty days) treatment program is recommended. Be wary of any treatment centers saying they can treat co-occurring disorders in just a short period of time. A lot of rehab attempts fail because patients stop their treatment too soon. Many of these individuals will then enter into a vicious cycle of starting and stopping treatment and never achieving a complete recovery. 

The National Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Information Center (NASAIC) maintains a continuously updated national database of the leading co-occurring disorder treatment centers in the United States and around the world.

Contact the National Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Information Center (NASAIC) anytime toll-free at (800) 784-6776 or through our online form, and we will recommend the leading drug and alcohol rehab centers for you or your loved one.