Co-occurring disorders are very common and should be treated effectively. 7.7 million adults are affected by co-occurring mental and substance use disorders. 37.9.% of adults with substance use disorders have also been diagnosed with a mental illness. These statistics paint a picture that while substance use disorders and mental disorders are often discussed separately, they interact a lot and should be treated alongside each other.
People who have both a mental illness and a substance use disorder are considered to have a co-occurring disorder. Common mental illnesses that are found to be co-occurring with substance use disorders include anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, and posttraumatic stress disorder. People with mental illness are more likely to develop a substance use disorder than those who are not diagnosed with a mental illness. This is because people with mental illness often use substances to self-medicate and cope with the symptoms of their mental illness.
Here are some signs of common co-occurring disorders that you should be on the lookout for. If you feel you are struggling with these symptoms, please reach out to a mental health professional to be evaluated.
Posttraumatic Stress Disorder
Common substances used by people struggling with mental illness include, but are not limited to alcohol, opioids, stimulants, marijuana, and prescription drugs. Signs of addiction to any of these substances that you should be aware of include:
Treatment centers that are educated on the prevalence of co-occurring disorders and the necessity to treat them together will offer residential treatment for co-occurring disorders. Here at California Centers for Recovery, we offer treatment for people with co-occurring disorders as well as just substance use disorders. We have skilled staff that will help you create a treatment plan based on your individual needs. California Centers for Recovery offers 30-, 60-, and 90-day rehab options. Then, once you have completed your residential treatment, we have outpatient options as well so that you can continue your care with our skilled providers throughout your recovery process.
Contact us today to learn more about how California Centers for Recovery can help you.