Dual Diagnosis, Co-Occurring Disorders

Co-Occurring Disorders Treament

Historically, “dual diagnosis” term was first identified in the 1980s to refer to individuals with coexisting severe mental illness and substance abuse disorders. Today, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMSHA) uses the term co-occurring disorders (COD) to refer to the aforementioned concurrent disorders. COD is defined as co-occurring substance-related and mental disorders. Patients said to have co-occurring disorders have one or more substance-related disorders as well as one or more mental disorders. To be diagnosed with a co-occurring disorder, both conditions must exist independently: Neither can simply be a cluster of symptoms caused by the other. In this case, either substance use or mental illness can present first. Interactions between the two disorders can worsen the course of each of them.

Co-occurring disorders treatment in Los Angeles, California

Individuals diagnosed with co-occurring disorders often need more intense treatment due to the complexity of their case emphasizing the importance for clinicians to provide effective and efficient treatment to these patients. Individuals diagnosed with co-occurring disorders face greater consequences from substance abuse compared to those patients diagnosed with only a mental illness such as schizophrenia or bipolar disorder.

Whether you want to call it dual diagnosis or co-occurring disorder, correct diagnosis and treatment are essential. It can be difficult to untangle many of the overlapping symptoms of drug or alcohol abuse and certain mental health disorders to ensure appropriate care. That’s why you need a treatment center, like Crosspointe recovery, that understands the nuances of co-occurring disorders treatment. At Crosspointe recovery, we specialize in evidence-based treatment to ensure you get the highest quality of care. If you believe that your mental health condition has contributed to a substance abuse disorder or vice versa, we’re here to help. Contact us today!