Overview of Co-Occuring Mental Health Diagnoses and Substance Use Disorders

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The most common Substance Use Disorders that are treated in Inpatient, Residential, and Intensive Outpatient programs are alcohol addiction, opiate addiction, sedative addiction, cannabis addiction and methamphetamine addiction. It may come as a surprise to learn that it is very uncommon for someone to enter into a drug and alcohol treatment program with only a Substance Use Disorder diagnosis. In fact, it isn’t uncommon for a person and their treatment team to discover they have one or more co-occuring mental health diagnoses along with their drug or alcohol addiction. Initially, that may sound like a negative piece of information, however, what it truly means is that the person is utilizing and truly benefiting from the treatment they are receiving. The person receiving treatment can better understand their struggles, why they use their drug(s) of choice and the treatment team can put together a more comprehensive treatment plan and relapse prevention plan.

Prior to mental health professionals offering dual diagnosis treatment, patients would relapse rapidly into destructive behaviors and use their drug(s) of choice upon exiting treatment. The reason for this was due to the underlying causes of their addictions not being addressed. Co-occuring mental health diagnoses that are often treated along with drug and alcohol addiction include, but are not limited to; PTSD, Anxiety, other types of Trauma, Depression, and Bi-Polar Disorder. In order to set a person up for success in recovery, both the mental health diagnose(s) and the substance use disorder must be treated simultaneously. If the person needs to enter a detoxification program first to address withdrawal symptoms or an inpatient mental health program initially to address safety concerns, of course those issues will be focused on before integrative treatment can begin.

Skilled therapists and certified drug and alcohol counselors at Beacon House employ several different types of treatments that provide patients with insight and the ability to identify thoughts and feelings associated with their use of drugs and alcohol. Together, with the help of their treatment team and peers, clients can achieve and maintain sobriety.

About Beacon House
Beacon House, located on the Monterey Peninsula on California’s Central Coast, is an addiction treatment center for adult men and women seeking to realize a lifetime without drugs and alcohol. As one of the first recovery facilities in the Western United States, we offer a warm, home-like setting for those in need of a safe, comfortable environment as they begin a path to recovery. Our full-day outpatient treatment program is aimed at helping the client who does not need 24-hour residential care. It is aimed at the basics of arresting the addiction process as well as establishing individualized relapse prevention strategies. Our admissions counselors will assist you in determining whether inpatient or outpatient care is best for your particular situation. To learn more visit beaconhouse.org or call 831.273.1386.