Treatment for Co-occurring Disorders
Integrated treatment is the best approach for individuals suffering from co-occurring disorders. To begin treatment, an individual will need a diagnosis for both conditions. Evidence shows that treatment involving education, frequent monitoring, therapies, medications, and peer support groups is extremely beneficial.
Treatment for co-occurring disorders is tailored to the individual. Each person responds differently to therapy or medications; residential treatment programs or inpatient rehabs will develop a plan for each person.
There are also outpatient treatment programs or outpatient rehab for people whose clinical needs may benefit from outpatient treatment. They are still able to go to work and live at home while they seek treatment through rehab. Outpatient therapy requires a strong dedication from the individual for it to be successful.
Some medications prescribed during treatment help with mood swings, anxiety, hallucinations, and the prevention of flashbacks to traumatic events.
How Loved Ones Can Help with a Co-occurring Disorder
Family members and other loved ones play a huge role in the treatment of a person. It is essential to educate yourself about the mental health and addiction issues that your loved one is experiencing. It is also beneficial to learn how these disorders impact you and other family members. Support groups are available for family and friends; some include the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) or Al-Anon.
Do you or a loved one struggle with a co-occurring disorder? You are not alone. We are here for you, and we are here to help.