If you or a loved one is struggling with alcoholism or drug addiction, we are here to help. Reach out to Mountainside by calling 888 833 4676.
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.
If you or anyone you know needs addiction treatment, call Mountainside at 888 833 4676.
Mental Health in the LGBTQ Community
Those who identify as LGBTQ are more likely than their non-LGBTQ counterparts to struggle with mental health disorders and substance misuse. Learn why and how.
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Mental health and addiction often go hand in hand. Understanding how and why is critical to safeguarding your recovery. In this article, Mountainside clinician Meg Currie shares mental health tips to help you avoid relapse.