People who simultaneously experience a substance misuse problem and a psychiatric disorder may discover the symptoms of their co-occurring disorders differ in severity, and that the severity of these illnesses can ebb and flow over time. Compared to individuals who are only living with one of these disorders, those with addiction and mental health challenges may experience higher hurdles in recovery, and may also require longer periods of treatment. However, that doesn’t mean recovery is out of reach.
The best treatment for co-occurring disorders is an integrated approach, where both the substance abuse problem and the mental disorder are treated simultaneously. Whether your mental health or substance abuse problem came first, long-term recovery depends on getting treatment for both disorders by the same treatment provider or team. Depending on your specific issues:
Treatment for your mental health problem may include medication, individual or group counselling, self-help measures, lifestyle changes, and peer support.
Treatment for your substance abuse may include detoxification, managing withdrawal symptoms, behavioural therapy, and support groups to help maintain your sobriety.
At The Recovery Lodge we offer various treatments for all addictions, this includes behavioural addictions. You can contact us now at email@example.com, on 01795 431751 and via our social media – Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.