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Steppingstones- Mental Health / Co-Occurring

When you have both a substance abuse problem and a mental health issue such as depression, bipolar disorder, or anxiety, it is called a co-occurring disorder or dual diagnosis. Because there are many combinations of disorders that can occur, the symptoms of dual diagnosis vary widely.

A Co-Occurring Disorder is a very broad category; it can range from someone developing mild depression because of binge drinking, to someone’s symptoms of bipolar disorder becoming more severe when that person abuses heroin during periods of mania. Either mental illness or substance abuse can develop first.

Untreated co-occurring disorders can lead to major problems at home and work and in your daily life, so it’s important to seek help.

Integrated treatment works

The best treatment for co-occurring disorders is an integrated approach, where both the substance abuse problem and the mental disorder are treated simultaneously, often lowering costs and creating better outcomes.

With proper treatment, support, and self-help strategies, you can overcome a dual diagnosis and reclaim your life.

Recovery depends on treating both the addiction and the mental health problem

Getting sober is only the beginning. Your continued recovery depends on continuing mental health treatment, learning healthier coping strategies, and making better decisions when dealing with life’s challenges.

Helping a loved one with a substance abuse and mental health problem

Helping a loved one with both a substance abuse and a mental health problem can be a roller coaster. Resistance to treatment is common and the road to recovery can be long.

The best way to help someone is to accept what you can and cannot do. You cannot force someone to remain sober, nor can you make someone take their medication or keep appointments. What you can do is make positive choices for yourself, encourage your loved one to get help, and offer your support while making sure you don’t lose yourself in the process. We can help.

 

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