Co-Occurring Disorders Treatment

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Mental health disorders or mental illness have been a longstanding battle for a lot of people. However, most sufferers' path to rehabilitation has been difficult to undertake, especially if it is coupled with underlying diseases. A co-occurring disorder is when an individual suffers from two or more illnesses--usually a pre-existing mental affliction with substance abuse disorder (drug abuse), process addiction, and other mental health disorders (post-traumatic stress disorder, anxiety disorders, and bipolar disorder).

Behavioral health statistics show that 8.1 million American adults live with co-occurring disorders in 2015 alone. Without comprehensive treatment and assistance to these patients, their overall health and wellbeing may worsen over time. Recovery service providers, such as Transcend Recovery Community, offer relief and support to troubled individuals who have long suffered from these debilitating conditions. They mainly focus on providing supplemental counseling and guidance for patients with co-occurring disorders such as anxiety disorder, addiction, substance use disorder, and alcohol recovery, emphasizing post-rehabilitation mentoring.

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What Are Co-Occurring Disorders?

As part of the growing mental disorders released by the national institute, co-occurring disorders are two or more mental illnesses intertwined within an individual. It can be a combination of a substance use disorder with post-traumatic stress disorder, bipolar disorder, depressive disorders, personality disorders, and even anxiety disorders.

Most of the co-occurring disorders prevalent in patients commonly involve these two: substance addiction (alcohol addiction or drug abuse, such as cocaine addiction) and co-occurring mental disorders (mood disorders or bipolar disorders).

It is often quite hard to diagnose as there are overlapping symptoms most of the time in common co-occurring disorders. Therefore, treating individuals require special care, and thorough examination, and must be carefully determined by a mental health services administration to ascertain the best treatment process to be employed for a suffering individual.

There can be a myriad of environmental factors triggering co-occurring disorders in a person. A person's traumatic experience such as substance use, sexual abuse, suicide attempts, or personal & financial loss ultimately leads to this mental health disorder.

Usually, individuals can mask symptoms making it hard to exact the appropriate treatment programs. But certain behavioral therapies or a combination of them like anxiety disorder treatment and dialectical behavior therapy are used in treatment centers as sort of an integrated treatment approach to address these psychiatric issues.

Does Transcend Recovery Community Offer Co-Occurring Disorders Treatments?

As Transcend Recovery Community is more of a supplemental mental health provider, it doesn't directly provide substance abuse treatment, addiction treatment, or any form of medication-assisted treatment to individuals, and young adults suffering from their mental health conditions.

However, it has after-care programs for people in their early stages of recovery, such as sober living residences, to help them in that vulnerable phase as they transition to their new normal. This critical period allows them to become supported by receiving human services, to encourage them to consistently follow through with their recovery plan.

It also promotes relapse prevention in these recovering individuals as they are at an increased risk of reverting to their old ways post-treatment. Transcend partners with its sister program, The Heights Treatment, as they provide treatment for substance abuse and mental health symptoms treatment, with the help of their dedicated substance use or addiction specialists.

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What Causes Co-Occurring Disorders?

The development of co-occurring disorders may vary depending on a variety of factors. Specialists need to identify the root causes as to how a substance use disorder manifested to help them find the right prognosis or dual diagnosis, and therefore recommend the appropriate integrated treatment for the individual. Some usual factors that may lead to fully-realized co-occurring episodes include:

Environmental Triggers

Patients may have suffered deep trauma from the past, such as sexual or physical abuse and mental health triggers. Stress from work or an abusive relationship may also contribute to an individual developing this condition.

Social Status And Poor Quality Of Life

While this does not necessarily contribute to developing mental health issues or mental health disorders, the burden of poverty and, to some extent, an extreme financial loss might be too much for other people to deal with and may affect their overall mental wellbeing.


An individual's genetic history has a great contributing factor when it comes to someone's mental health disorders, particularly their co-occurring disorders. Some people have a particular gene that increases their risk of developing a mental illness that can be worsened by a substance use disorder.

Mental Illness

Some pre-existing mental conditions may aggravate one's state which would prompt them to resort to substance use. Certain studies find that some people resort to substance use or alcohol as a way to self-medicate.

Substance Abuse

People who experience substance use are at higher risk of developing mental problems in the future.

If you find someone suffering from substance use disorders, alcoholism, or any other psychiatric disorders, it is highly recommended to consult a physician.

Who Is At Risk Of Developing Co-Occurring Disorders?

When two or more mental health disorders or a mental illness co-occur in anyone, addiction treatment or substance abuse treatment for these disorders becomes harder to manage. People with a pre-existing mental illness are most often susceptible to having this complicated disorder, especially when they have become dependent on drug abuse or substance abuse to ease their difficulty with their mental health disorder.

The youth are at an even higher risk when it comes to simultaneously having substance use disorders and mental health disorders at the same time. As they are more vulnerable to developing substance use disorders during their formative years, careful dual diagnosis treatment and examination of disorders must be made to ensure the appropriate plan of action for these individuals and to avoid any negative implications such as self-harm or worsening substance use disorders and mental health conditions that may hamper their development and maturity.

Why Would Someone With Mental Health Disorders Abuse Drugs Or Alcohol?

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When someone is enduring a mental disorder, especially a severe mental illness, it would seem like all hope in the world is lost. Therefore, these people resort to alcohol abuse and drug addiction which would worsen and eventually lead to alcohol use disorder and substance abuse disorders.

This unfortunate truth is rampant everywhere as individuals use other drugs or a co-occurring substance to mask their pain and alter their mental state. If left untreated, it would develop into other mental illnesses, such as borderline personality disorder, and other medical illnesses, like organ failure & autoimmune diseases, or worse, inhibit brain development and deteriorate brain function.

It is important to closely observe the common risk factors within an individual suspected of a co-occurring disorder so that proper addiction recovery and mental health rehabilitation treatment plans would be put in place.

What Types Of Treatment Are Effective For People With A Co-Occurring Disorder?

There are substance abuse and addiction treatment programs certified by a national institute or mental health services administration when dealing with people suffering from common co-occurring disorders. What most experts and treatment centers would recommend is to either use integrated treatment for mental health conditions that co-occur or to first treat their substance use disorder.

Once a proper dual diagnosis has been made, mental illness specialists may introduce integrated treatment which may include a behavioral therapy approach to help individuals cope better and improve their habits caused by pre-existing substance abuse and mental health disorders.

Are There Co-Occurring Disorder Treatments Near Me?

Transcend Recovery Community offers comprehensive recovery and mental wellness programs in various states that may help those who battle with co-occurring disorders. Its locations in major populated areas, such as Los Angeles, Houston, and New York, ensure that patients receive the proper care and support needed for their continued growth and recovery.

Its robust community of clients and staff ensures you that you are well taken care of as you work your way through recovery. Moreover, its dedicated team of professionals and rehabilitation specialists considers your particular needs for co-occurring disorders to make you feel safe and comfortable during your entire therapy. 

Transcend also offers relapse prevention guidance and services to aid you in your continued growth and sobriety.

Always remember that the first step is identifying the problem and accepting that there is a problem. Transcend is here to help you with your mental wellness needs, especially with alcohol and substance use disorders.

Los Angeles Co-Occurring Disorder Treatments

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Houston Co-Occurring Disorder Treatments

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945 Harvard St, Houston, TX 77008, United States

Discover more on how Transcend can help you transform your life and get you back on track. Talk to a recovery specialist today at 800-208-1211 to find out more about how you can get support for your co-occurring disorder.

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