Sometimes, mental health disorders are combined with other, co-occurring disorders. These co-occurring disorders can vary, but commonly include co-occurring substance abuse or co-occurring impulse control disorders. Co-occurring disorders can be upsetting, even heartbreaking, for both those who struggle with them and for their loved ones. Left unchecked, destructive behaviors resulting from co-occurring disorders can have intense consequences on any and all aspects of a person’s life.
Consequences can be health-related, professional or social, even financial or legal. In turn, these consequences can cause profound feelings of shame, guilt, and isolation, particularly when loved ones are affected. These feelings can be particularly intense when combined with underlying mental health disorders, such as anxiety or depression.
Common Co-Occurring Disorders include:
Co-Occurring Disorders with Substance Abuse — where mental health further complicates one substance use, leading to a substance use disorder. These can be difficult to diagnose and often take extensive counseling and therapy to fully understand one’s addiction and mental condition.
Impulse Control Disorders — which can be similar to the above in that the person has difficulty controlling their impulsive behaviors due to complications with another co-occurring disorder.
Being able to understand a person as a whole human with a complex history and answering more “why” questions allows the treating professional to give better guidance. This is why it’s so important to follow through with treatment and continue therapeutic counseling sessions so that the patient and the provider can continuously work through issues.
Get Treatment for Co-Occurring Disorders
Co-occurring disorders are complex, and it can be difficult to treat them properly. At Solara Mental Health we understand this complexity and strive to treat it through a clear, specific diagnosis. Our Psychiatric facility utilizes individualized treatment plans and a combination of therapeutic modalities. We approach co-occurring disorder treatment within the framework of its underlying mental health disorder, ensuring that the underlying source of the co-occurring behaviors is properly identified and addressed. This approach helps end self-destructive cycles and build a long-lasting recovery.
While our clients make considerable and rapid improvements, co-occurring disorders are often a long-term conditions. We have years of experience with co-occurring disorder treatment in San Diego. Our mental health center has learned how to provides the entire spectrum of care for our clients. From inpatient to outpatient, from transitional living to a long-term aftercare plan, our program has been designed to free our clients from the clutches of co-occurring disorders.
Contact us now to start the healing process.