Identifying Co-Occurring Disorders

Identifying Co-Occurring Disorders

Battling addiction or a mental health condition is a challenging, life-altering experience. But what about those who have both? Co-occurring disorders, or dual diagnosis, as they are also known, are relatively common among people seeking treatment. It is estimated that approximately 30 to 50 percent of people with a substance use disorder also have a co-occurring mental health disorder. Likewise, approximately 50 percent of individuals with a mental health disorder also experience co-occurring substance abuse issues.

But despite how common they are, recovering from a co-occurring disorder can be daunting and overwhelming. Confusion, misdiagnosis, and incomplete treatment often keep people struggling for years.

That’s why identifying co-occurring disorders is a crucial step toward providing the right treatment and support for people in need. At Scottsdale Providence Recovery Center, we believe in a holistic approach to healing, addressing both substance use and mental health disorders with compassion and expertise. Read on as we explore the vital topic of identifying co-occurring disorders, shedding light on the signs, symptoms, and diagnosis process. By understanding the complexities of these conditions, we can help individuals make a beginning on recovery.

Understanding Co-Occurring Disorders

Co-occurring disorders, also known as dual diagnosis, refer to the presence of both a substance use disorder and a mental health disorder in an individual. These conditions often interact, exacerbating each other’s effects and making treatment more challenging. At Scottsdale Providence, we recognize the importance of identifying these disorders early on to ensure that people get the care they need.

Signs and Symptoms

Recognizing the signs and symptoms of co-occurring disorders is crucial for early intervention. Here are some common indicators to watch out for in yourself or someone you care about:

  1. Substance Abuse Warning Signs:
    • Increased tolerance to drugs or alcohol
    • Withdrawal symptoms when attempting to quit
    • Loss of control over substance use
    • Neglecting responsibilities and relationships
    • Engaging in risky behaviors to obtain substances
  2. Mental Health Red Flags:
    • Persistent feelings of sadness, hopelessness, or anxiety
    • Extreme mood swings or irritability
    • Difficulty concentrating or making decisions
    • Changes in appetite or sleep patterns
    • Social withdrawal and isolation

Diagnosing Co-Occurring Disorders

Accurate diagnosis is crucial for designing an effective treatment plan. At Scottsdale Providence, our experienced clinical and behavioral health staff employ comprehensive assessment methods, including:

  1. Clinical Interviews: Our compassionate team conducts thorough interviews to gather information about an individual’s history, symptoms, and challenges. Open communication is vital for developing trust and understanding.
  2. Psychiatric Evaluation: A mental health professional assesses symptoms, evaluates potential underlying causes, and identifies co-occurring mental health disorders. This evaluation helps determine the most appropriate treatment approach.
  3. Substance Use Evaluation: Our dedicated experts evaluate the extent and impact of substance use, considering factors such as frequency, duration, and related consequences. This evaluation assists in tailoring a treatment plan specific to each individual’s needs.

Treatment and Support

At Scottsdale Providence, we offer integrated treatment programs that address both substance use and mental health disorders simultaneously. Our evidence-based therapies, combined with compassionate support, empower individuals on their journey to recovery.

Mental Health PHP and IOP treatment consists of individual and group therapy along with psychiatric care. The clinical foundation of our program is Interactive Journaling, an innovative experiential modality that puts the client at the center of their change process. Our expert treatment team blends CBT, Motivational Interviewing, DBT, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Narrative Therapy, Solution-Focused Therapy, EMDR, Neurofeedback, and Occupational Therapy to promote long-term recovery. Weekly psychiatric evaluation and medication management, case management, discharge planning, acupuncture, yoga, and fitness activities all make up a truly comprehensive treatment experience.

If you or a loved one are struggling with a co-occurring disorder, reach out to our dedicated team today. Together, we can embark on a journey of recovery, growth, and renewed hope.

It's not the end. It's the beginning.