What Are Co-occurring Disorders?

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A co-occurring disorder is when an individual suffers from both substance abuse as well as a mental disorder. The most common mental disorders include: anxiety, bipolar disorder, depression, OCD, PTSD, and schizophrenia. Approximately 9 million Americans suffer from co-occurring disorders. Only 7 percent receive treatment for both disorders. Co-occurring disorders increase the risk of poverty, illness, homelessness, and incarceration.

Unfortunately, they can be difficult to diagnose. Often, symptoms of substance abuse can mask symptoms of mental illness, and symptoms of mental illness can mask symptoms of addiction. This leads to a cycle of self-destruction. Because both disorders are so closely intertwined, treating just one disorder will not cause the other to improve. It is crucial that both be treated at the same time, using what is known as integrated treatment.

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