How Does Co-Occurring Disorder Treatment Work?

Underlying mental health conditions can increase someone’s risk of addiction. Screening for a co-occurring disorder can make a positive difference in designing and implementing a personalized recovery plan. Simply treating symptoms is not enough for people to successfully complete rehabilitation when they experience mental health conditions like anxiety or bipolar disorder.

Evaluating someone’s mental health before beginning addiction treatment can reveal any co-occurring disorder that can affect their recovery. Co-occurring disorder recovery plans help minimize the risk of relapse during and after treatment,

Identifying and Addressing the Root Causes of Your Addiction

Helping you navigate through withdrawal is a key component of our treatment plans, and we can recommend an inpatient, outpatient, or partial hospitalization program depending on your particular situation. We consider any factor that affect you including your finances, insurance coverage, employment, living environment, and family responsibilities.

When it comes to co-occurring disorders, identifying the mental health concern you are experiencing helps us provide more effective treatment. In such cases, individuals may also have greater difficulty navigating withdrawal as they were using drugs or alcohol to alleviate their mental distress. Getting a clear understanding of the cause of your struggles help us accompany you throughout the recovery process.

Common issues that can increase your risk of substance use disorder include:

  • Major depression
  • Childhood trauma
  • Domestic abuse
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder
  • Panic disorder
  • Generalized anxiety disorder
  • Obsessive-compulsive disorder
  • Social anxiety
  • Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder
  • Dysthymia
  • Bipolar disorder
  • Schizophrenia

The Importance of a Customized Rehabilitation Plan

We often recommend counseling for any person attending our center for addiction recovery, but it can be especially important when treating co-occurring disorders when we need to help you heal from trauma or other mental health condition.

Our team uses one-on-one therapy for co-occurring disorders so you get undivided attention and feel comfortable sharing about difficult experiences as you work through previous traumatic events of current stressors. You may also attend group therapy and if you and your loved ones want to work through things together, we offer a family program to help you rebuild connection and a healthy foundation for the future.

We can also recommend alternative therapies like meditation, yoga, Tai Chi, sound therapy, or aromatherapy as part of your treatment plan. These techniques can help you navigate cravings and life challenges effectively and safely.

Aftercare for Co-Occurring Disorders

Completing your treatment plan is central to your recovery but aftercare services play an important role in living sober long-term. At The Carter Treatment Center, we offer you resources to support you in the following months and years.

Treating co-occurring disorder requires to get at the root of your substance use disorder and counseling is often a key tool to improve your mental health. Our team can help you find an experienced therapist in your area to see on a regular basis and who can keep you accountable for your progress.

If you have benefited from alternative therapies like yoga or sound therapy during your rehabilitation, we can recommend mentors or practice centers where you can continue your practice. Such methods make healthy coping skills that can support your physical and mental well-being.

Just like we tailor our treatment plans to your specific needs, we carefully discuss what your needs and goals are when it comes to plan your aftercare resources.

Call The Carter Treatment Center today at (678) 737-4430 or fill out our online form to learn more about our co-occurring disorder treatment options in Suwanee and Cummings!

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