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Co-Occurring Disorders


 

Co-occurring disorders don’t mean that you require twice the work to get better, but it does mean you’re in twice the danger if you don’t seek help.

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Co-occurring disorders, a situation where both a mental health issue and substance abuse are present (also known as dual-diagnosis), are far more common then people realize. In 2014, some 7.9 million people were documented as having co-occurring disorders and the number is climbing. It’s not surprising considering that if our emotional or mental wellbeing becomes unbalanced, reaching for an addictive substance to self-soothe becomes more likely. Our human desire to de-stress often leads to destructive patterns because we look outside ourselves for temporary solutions rather than looking inward to change our beliefs and behavior. It’s not unusual for someone battling depression to also have issues with substance abuse. Sometimes it’s a combination of anxiety, an eating disorder, and substance abuse. And sometimes more complex issues are at play like bipolar disorder, substance abuse, and relationship violence. Looking for a treatment plan that is inclusive and multi-dimensional, like those at CAST Centers, is important.

 

Possible treatment strategies when dealing with co-occurring disorders:

Be brave and tell someone you need help.
— Demi Lovato, Staying Strong
  • Residential treatment programs. Remove yourself from the stress and triggers of your daily environment so that you can focus intently on recovery in a structured, supportive dual diagnosis treatment program that addresses your multiple issues and complex psycho-emotional state of being.
  • Outpatient treatment options. If you don’t need 24-hour supervision, outpatient dual diagnosis treatment programs may be the best way to pursue treatment while still maintaining work and family routines. Be sure to look for well-rounded programs that explore the emotional, mental, physical, and spiritual dimensions of your life that may be contributing to your issues.
  • Individual therapy. Using a collaborative approach to treatment, work privately with therapists and facilitators that incorporate building motivation, identifying self-defeating thought patterns, improving self-worth, and constructing positive behavior patterns into your recovery program.
  • Peer support groups. Using the 12-step approach, peer support groups counter the negative effects of isolation and social withdrawal that often accompany those with co-occurring disorders.
  •  Holistic therapies. Acupuncture, yoga, breathwork, hypnotherapy, and massage are great additions to any therapeutic program, especially when co-occurring disorders are present. Holistic therapies teach self-awareness, move energy in positive ways, facilitate calmness and self-control, and provide new breakthroughs in assessing one’s emotional state. Discuss what life can look like on the other side of treatment and personal development through the C.A.M. 
 
 
Understanding the difference between healthy striving and perfectionism is critical to laying down the shield and picking up your life. Research shows that perfectionism hampers success. In fact, it’s often the path to depression, anxiety, addiction, and life paralysis.
— Brené Brown, The Gifts of Imperfection
 
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Are you ready to give treatment a try?

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If so, speak to someone at CAST Centers to find out which of the above- mentioned strategies might work for you. The CAM approach, which emphasizes looking inward to begin the healing process, has helped numerous people to regain confidence and sobriety in their lives. With attention to safety, security, and individual needs, CAST believes in creating customized programs to address all of the underlying issues that make recovery and stability possible. One important difference at CAST Centers is an emphasis on not rehashing and living your old story of drugs and depression or alcohol and anxiety. Instead, CAST gives clients the tools to transform their life story so that living with a sense of empowerment and hope is possible. Although recovery from co-occurring disorders is never easy, CAST is committed to helping you find workable solutions. Make the decision today to create a better life for the future. Call now and let us guide you down the path of becoming your best self.