Co-Occurring Disorder Counseling
Dependency can be debilitating, affecting your relationships, work, and health. Left untreated, it can even be fatal. But deep down, you know your bad habits do not define the real you. A broken life does not have to be your future. We’re here to help.
What exactly is a co-occurring disorder? This is when someone with a mental health disorder also has a substance abuse disorder. The combination can doubly affect mood, perception, and experience. We provide the necessary counseling and treatment to battle and recover from both disorders.
Here are examples of self-harming habits we diagnose and treat:
- Abusing alcohol or prescription/illicit drugs
- Excessive Shopping
- Sex/Pornography Obsession
- Overusing Internet/Phone
What is co-occurring disorder counseling?
This type of disorder has been described as a “slippery slope” in that once it’s established, the negative behavior can escalate rapidly and become more difficult to treat. Therefore, it is important that it be addressed at the earliest opportunity. Here are some signs and symptoms of the disorder:
- The individual must use more and more of the substance in order to achieve the same effect, or the person uses the same amount but the effect of the substance is weakened. In other words, a tolerance to the substance has been built.
- Withdrawal (i.e, unpleasant physical, emotional, or psychological symptoms) occurs when the individual stops using the substance.
- The person has attempted unsuccessfully to cut down or control the use of the substance.
- The individual is preoccupied with the use of the substance. For instance, they spend a great deal of time planning, using, and recovering (physically, financially) from the harmful behavior. As a result, isolation from people or activities not associated with this habit can occur.
How is co-occurring disorder treated?
Treatment is generally multi-modal, including individual or marriage/family counseling, consultation with the family physician, and participation in a recovery support group. Some wish to achieve total abstinence from the object they’re overusing, while others find it empowering to learn to effectively moderate their use or participation in it. In severe cases, such as when the person’s health is at imminent risk, a stay at a residential treatment facility or hospital may be helpful or even necessary.
Imagine a life free from:
- Planning your day around the next time you can fulfill your bad habits
- Concealing your self-harming need from family or friends
- Becoming progressively more alienated from those who don’t share in your substance abuse
- Drinking or using drugs alone
- Regretting something you said or did when you were drunk or high
- Panicking if you don’t have access to the substance your dependent on
- Relying on alcohol or drugs to relax or fall asleep