It can be extremely difficult for any individual to acquire the needed coping mechanisms for their mental health conditions. Because of this, many individuals turn to substance abuse to regulate their emotions and body responses. In addiction treatment, this is known as comorbidity or having co-occurring disorders. Finding the right treatment for co-occurring disorders is complicated by the very nature of a dual diagnosis. Co-occurring disorders make it much more difficult to screen for a diagnosis if one is unknown and affects the sufferer by increasing the likelihood that treatment will not adhere. However, seeking outside help at Insight Into Action Therapy can be the most important step in greatly simplifying your recovery and improving your mental health.
Defining Dual-Diagnosis Care or Comorbidity
Comorbidity is the co-occurrence of two or more conditions that may affect the symptoms of the other. Comorbidity can occur as two mental health conditions, such as the presence of anxiety and depression or, more often, an addiction disorder such as alcoholism and a mental health condition.
Often, comorbid substance use disorder masquerades as an interlocked system of emotional and bodily reactions. Individuals struggling with substance addiction may utilize their chosen substances to respond to an underlying mental health condition. This means that treatment is much less likely to succeed unless the underlying condition is thoroughly addressed. This can be a reason for high relapse rates in substance addiction treatment. However, a collaboration between clinical professionals can alleviate some of the risks of relapse by addressing both the underlying disorder and the addiction response. This is why seeking the right care for your individualized treatment plan is vital. Insight Into Action Therapy takes co-occurring disorders under consideration when working with you to create your individualized care plan.
Comorbidity Recovery Options
The dual diagnosis recovery program at Insight Into Action Therapy was specially created to nurture individuals and their families who are dealing with co-occurring disorders. Our expert professionals work with you to tailor the program to your care with your underlying mental health concerns in mind. We treat some of the following:
- Mental health conditions such as depression, anxiety, or bipolar disorder.
- Substance use disorders such as alcoholism or illegal drug use.
- Addictions treatment for pornography, gaming, gambling, overeating, and shoplifting.
In determining your care phases, your treatment team will conduct a clinical interview and standardized measurements to determine the appropriate treatment referral. This will include consideration of the spectrum or degree of your addiction, your age, and your psychological needs, as well as a drug screening and breathalyzer test. With these measurements, our trained professionals will guide you with the tools you need to seek a healthful life balance. Once your care phases have been determined, we will partner with the right professionals for you. Depending on your unique concerns, your care may be coordinated among the following types of practitioners:
- Academic support
- Employment specialists
- Community recreation support
When we say team, we mean team. Our intensive dual diagnosis program is based on years of experience in addiction and mental health treatment. It provides you with the flexibility and ease of mind to incorporate your family needs, as well as relapse prevention and aftercare support.
Treat Co-Occurring Disorders with Insight Into Action Therapy
Insight Into Action Therapy has a unique program designed to help you address and overcome dual-diagnosis concerns. Knowing the signs of comorbidity and seeking individual assistance for these urgent but healable health issues are paramount to the safety of you, your family, and your community. Contact our treatment team today at 703.935.8544 or complete our secure online form if you feel you or someone you know needs professional support and assistance. With Insight Into Action Therapy, comprehensive community-based treatment can help you or a loved one on the path to wellness.