It’s not uncommon for people to experience substance abuse and mental health conditions simultaneously. Known as co occurring disorders, these issues can have overlapping causes or one might lead to the other. No matter the origin, what’s important to understand is that managing the effects of two very complex issues is something that isn’t easily overcome. However, you can do so with help from experts who understand what you’re going through.

The staff at The Hills Treatment Center have training in both addiction and psychological treatments. We pride ourselves on meeting the overall well-being needs of our clients. Read on to learn how you can receive support during this difficult time and the ways in which we’ll work to help you reach your goals.

About Co Occurring Disorders

woman meeting with doctor has co occurring disordersCo occurring disorders consist of having both a mental-health diagnosis and a substance abuse condition, whether that addiction is to drugs or alcohol. These disorders often feed into one another.

For example, it’s not unusual for someone to develop depression or anxiety as a result of addiction. Others may self-medicate and develop an addiction because of these disorders. Combinations of coexisting disorders are nearly endless. Having two or more disorders can complicate one’s life tremendously, making it more difficult to overcome related problems and increasing the risk of relapse.

Symptoms of Dual Diagnoses

Symptoms as a result of co occurring disorders vary greatly. They will depend upon your specific diagnoses. It can be tough for professionals to diagnose these issues, as it’s easy for one condition to mask some symptoms of the other condition. When a person continues to use drugs or alcohol, despite encountering serious negative consequences, it often indicates a substance abuse problem. The inability to stop using altogether often indicates an addiction. The diagnosis depends upon meeting specific criteria listed in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders.

If a professional has diagnosed you with both an alcohol or drug dependency, and a mental health condition, your situation may be more difficult than others’. That doesn’t mean that you can’t overcome it, though. Understanding that the following are possible can help you overcome your addiction and stay sober:

  • Relapse
  • Homelessness
  • Social isolation
  • Financial issues
  • Violence
  • Hospitalization
  • Incarceration
  • Suicidal ideation

The key to overcoming your difficulties is to obtain expert guidance and support. You’ll find that at The Hills Treatment Center.

How The Hills Can Help

Our addiction treatment facility is in Los Angeles, but on four private acres, giving you the feeling of being away from the city and the ability to focus on your recovery. We believe in offering our dual diagnosis clients dignity and comfort during their stay. Thus, we offer amenities such as a world-class chef, massage, yoga and a pet-friendly program to help you focus on your self-care while working to overcome your co occurring disorders.

Our programs for both substance abuse and mental health are extensive. We offer options to meet a variety of needs. Group therapy and individual counseling are available, along with aftercare programs and outside groups that will ensure you maintain the progress you’ve made at The Hills.

You don’t have to face co occurring disorders alone. No one should. Let us help you to get well in a supportive and non-judgmental environment. Our staff has been where you are, and we want to assist you on that difficult road to recovery. Call us at 866-323-4665 to learn more.