Co-Occurring Disorders


Substance addiction and mental health issues are real and serious diseases. They are often diagnosed as having co-occurring disorders, also known as dual disorders. People facing such difficulties in their life deserve effective co-occurring disorders and substance abuse treatment that leads to long-term health.


Statistics have shown us that about half of those who have a substance addiction also have an existing mental health condition. While some may develop mental illness from drug or alcohol abuse, others with a longstanding mental condition will mask the illness by self-medicating with drugs or alcohol. Either scenario is known as a co-occurring disorder or dual diagnosis when one condition exists in the presence of another. Without treatment from industry professionals who truly know the nuances in addiction specialties and mental health, individuals who suffer from dual diagnosis have an increased risk for the negative aspects inherent in both.
Co-occurring disorders bring a much-needed fluidity to treatment needs as constant monitoring and adjustments are required to define and redefine the optimal practices towards healing both illnesses. Besides, new levels of understanding in what will serve each client best in these circumstances is heightened as finding practical approaches that support sobriety and the medicinal use of drugs (medication-assisted treatment) may be necessary to achieve desired results.



Treating substance addictive disorders and co-occurring mental health disorders at the same time is important for various reasons: 

⦁ It helps rehab clients identify their unique relapse triggers including panic attacks, mood swings,  depression, etc.
⦁ Group integrated dual disorders treatment offers a stronger support network for individuals who are suffering from co-occurring disorders and struggling with substance addiction as well as mental illness.
⦁ Integrated substance abuse and mental illness recovery plans are specially designed to overcome the harmful side effects of mental disorders including a fear of socializing with others, a low level of motivation, a reduced attention span, etc.
⦁ The prescribing psychotherapeutic medications are no longer required in co-occurring disorders treatment.

If you or a loved one is considering co-occurring disorders treatment counseling for addiction to various stimulants, please call 
(818) 208-9446. Or you can contact us with any questions you might have.