Oftentimes, addiction and mental illness go hand in hand. For example, someone living with depression might turn to drugs or alcohol as a means to cope. From there, they may lose loved ones or career opportunities due to substance abuse, which worsens their depression.
In this case, we would say that this person has co-occurring disorders; mental health and substance use disorders that developed together. These are the issues that we treat in our co-occurring substance use disorder treatment program.
At Ridgeview Hospital, we treat cases of mental illness and substance abuse in a way that is holistic and comprehensive. But for patients who are new to mental health and addiction recovery treatments, it can be confusing why these issues need their own separate program.
Let us explain.
In the past, patients with co-occurring disorders would go into either mental health or addiction recovery programs. And while these treatments would help resolve part of their problems, they did not prepare patients for long-term recovery.
Unfortunately, this often led patients to relapse after leaving treatment. Because their needs were only partially addressed, they generally had low chances of regaining control of their lives.
That is why our Co-Occurring Substance Use program approaches both of these issues simultaneously. It gives our patients the highest likelihood of recovery, and that is always our first priority.
Not sure what to expect when you enroll in our co-occurring disorders program? Here is a look at some of the treatment options that we offer our patients: