WHAT WE TREAT Co-Occurring Disorders

Addiction often masks symptoms of co-occurring
mental health issues. We help uncover root causes
and work to build a path toward total wellbeing.

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DEPRESSION. ANXIETY. TRAUMA.

When you’re diagnosed with an alcohol or substance use disorder (AUD/SUD) and a mental health disorder at the same time, you have what’s known as co-occurring disorders. Mental health professionals also call this a dual diagnosis. Co-occurring disorders present unique challenges for people in treatment for AUD/SUD and for the counselors and therapists who treat them for three primary reasons:

  1. Symptoms: The symptoms of AUD/SUD often overlap or are indistinguishable from the symptoms of mental health disorders.
  2. Self-Medication: Alcohol or drug use is often initiated in an attempt to manage the uncomfortable emotions associated with untreated mental health disorders. This is known as self-medication.
  3. Mutual Reinforcement: Over time, alcohol and drug use often exacerbates, rather than alleviates, the symptoms of mental health disorders. This may lead to increased alcohol and/or substance use, which further exacerbates the mental health symptoms.

The fact of co-occurrence makes accurate diagnosis critical. Without proper diagnosis, an underlying mental health disorder can undermine progress made in treatment for problem alcohol and drug use.

WE TREAT THE WHOLE PERSON.

An alcohol or substance use disorder treatment plan for an individual with a co-occurring disorder that does not address the co-occurring mental health disorder is incomplete. At Beacon House, we understand co-occurring disorders and the role they play both in the development of and treatment for problem alcohol and drug use. Our experienced and insightful treatment team can identify, diagnose, and treat co-occurring disorders. We offer total support on your path to long-term recovery.

PREVALANCE OF CO-OCCURRING DISORDERS.

Co-occurring substance use and mental health disorders are far more common than most people realize. Data from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) show that in the year 2018:

  • 2 million people in the U.S. had both a substance use disorder and a mental health disorder.
  • Of those 9.2 million, 3.2 million had a serious mental illness – one that makes daily life unmanageable.
  • Less than 10% of people with a dual diagnosis received specialized treatment for both disorders

That means that in 2018, over 8 million people with a co-occurring substance use and mental health disorder did not get the treatment and support they needed. The cycle of mutually reinforcing disorders makes their path to recovery more challenging – but there is hope. Evidence shows that when an individual with a dual diagnosis receives treatment for both disorders, outcomes improve for both disorders.

EVIDENCE-BASED TREATMENT FOR CO-OCCURRING DISORDERS

Psychiatric disorders that often co-occur with alcohol and substance use disorders include:

  • Anxiety
  • Panic Disorder
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder
  • Depression
  • Borderline personality disorder
  • Psychotic disorder
  • Bipolar disorder
  • Schizophrenia
  • Anti-social personality disorder
  • Eating disorders

When you enter treatment and start your path to recovery, it may take time for the symptoms of an underlying mental health disorder to appear. If symptoms do appear, the treatment team at Beacon House will determine if they can offer the appropriate level of care and support. If your mental health disorder impairs your ability to participate in treatment, we’ll refer you to a provider that offers the treatment you need. This aligns with our Integrity of Choice ethos: if we’re not the right place for you, we’ll find the right place for you.

However, in most cases, we adapt your treatment plan to meet your needs. Your plan will include:

  • Individual counseling
  • Individual psychotherapy
  • Group counseling
  • Family counseling
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
  • Dialectical Behavioral Therapy
  • Seeking Safety
  • Trauma-informed care

Your counselors and therapists communicate with one another to integrate individual psychiatric care with your comprehensive treatment plan to ensure you understand how your dual diagnosis affects your recovery. They’ll teach you that with the proper knowledge, skills, and commitment, you can recover from addiction and manage your mental health disorder.

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