As a premier treatment facility, Changing Tides Addiction Treatment works with those struggling with addiction and mental health disorders. A SAMHSA study found that about five million people in the United States live with co-occurring disorders, and less than fifty percent of them receive help. Those living with co-occurring disorders have much higher risk of suicide, homelessness, and chronic addiction.
A person may experience co-occurring disorders with a number of different mental health disorders. The most common mental health disorders that those addicted to drugs or alcohol experience are:
- Major depressive disorder
- Bipolar depression
- Anxiety disorders
- Schizophrenia and psychotic disorders
Many people also experience cross-addictions with non-substance-related disorders such as gambling addiction, eating disorders, or Internet addiction. These co-occurring disorders need attention in the same way that mental health diagnoses do.
Treatment for co-occurring disorders involves treating the whole individual and everything they are facing. If you receive treatment only for the addiction with which you are dealing, there is a high risk of relapse as the untreated mental health disorder can drive you back toward drugs and alcohol. If you receive treatment only for the mental health disorder, the untreated addiction is likely to make the mental health condition worsen over time.