The latest data from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) show that in 2020, seventeen million adults in the U.S. had co-occurring disorders. That number has almost doubled since 2018, when just over nine million adults in the U.S. reported dual diagnosis.
“People with SUDs are more likely than those without SUDs to have co-occurring mental disorders.
Addiction counselors encounter clients with CODs as a rule, not an exception. The presence of two or more disorders can complicate diagnosis and treatment. Integrating both screening and treatment for mental and substance use disorders leads to a better quality of care and health outcomes for those living with co-occurring disorders by treating the whole person.”
Our expert clinicians can support people with most mild and severe mental health symptoms, with minor exceptions. Our therapists have decades of combined experience with the integrated treatment model for dual diagnosis. Evidence shows that when a person has co-occurring disorders, treating one disorder without treating the other can impede treatment progress, and in some cases, can exacerbate the symptoms of both disorders.
Integrated treatment means addressing both disorders simultaneously.
We have extensive experience treating co-occurring disorders with the integrated treatment model. The benefits of integrated treatment include:
The first step in creating a customized, integrated treatment plan for COD is an accurate diagnosis. That can be complicated, because sometimes the symptoms of withdrawal from a substance of misuse mirrors the symptoms of a mental health disorder, and vice-versa.
When you commit to recovery at kathy ireland® Recovery Centers, experienced clinicians conduct a thorough prescreen and comprehensive assessment to help design an effective treatment plan for your individual needs. A significant part of the screening process involves addressing any diagnosed or undiagnosed mental health disorders.
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The presence of a co-occurring disorder at the time of your comprehensive assessment will influence the components of your treatment plan. We take the time to learn the specifics of your substance use and mental health disorder and craft your plan to ensure we offer appropriate therapeutic techniques at the appropriate time. Treatment approaches effective for a person with a history of trauma may not be effective for a person without a history of trauma. Medication that works for one disorder may not work for another. Complementary supports like yoga resonate with some people, but not others. Whatever the case and whatever your specific situation, we find the right combination of treatment components to give you the best chance of treatment success.
That all starts with your assessment.
When we have all that information, we start building your plan. The most important part of the process is you. The things you tell us and the things we learn about you will inform the beginning of your recovery journey. As time passes and you meet your treatment goals, your plan will change along with you. It’s adaptable, responsive, and designed to meet your ongoing – and evolving – treatment needs.
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The most common treatment for mental health disorders, substance use disorders, and co-occurring substance use and mental health disorders is a combination of psychotherapy, counseling, lifestyle changes, education, and medication. For some individuals in recovery from SUD and COD, medication may not be appropriate. Talk therapy, group counseling, peer support, and practical skill-building work together to give you the tools you need to manage the symptoms of your substance use disorder and mental health disorder during treatment, and prepare you for independence upon completion of your treatment program.
At kathy ireland® Recovery Centers, your individual treatment plan will include a combination of the following therapeutic methods:
Your case manager can help facilitate continuing care by providing you with the following:
You can learn to manage your symptoms and live on your terms. The evidence-based therapies we use at kathy ireland® Recovery Centers will help you learn, grow, and thrive – in recovery, in sobriety, and in life.