We Treat Co-Occurring Conditions
Clients from New Jersey, New York, and Pennsylvania have found freedom from addiction and mental disorders at the Recovery Way!
If you or a loved one is abusing drugs or alcohol, and at the same time struggling with an underlying mental health problem, our experts will help you find the freedom from both situations in your life.
The relationship between the two problems you are facing can be extremely complex. Treatment can sometimes be much more involved than simply dealing with one condition on its own.
Which one are you?
Either way, our compassionate staff will help you understand and overcome both sides of the coin, while guiding you down the recovery road of living a balanced, healthy, sober lifestyle.
Co-Occurring disorders can include (but are not limited to):
Treating each of these on its own takes time. When combined with the need for drug abuse or alcoholism treatment. it takes a specialized team who understands what you are going through and has the expertise to apply the remedies in each are of your life that has been affected.
These may include:
Certain groups of people are more likely to be affected with mental health problems than others:
These groups are also more likely to indulge in substance abuse – in particular marijuana, heroin, cocaine and other stimulants – and alcohol abuse.
Did you Know? Recent studies have shown that around 50% of people with severe mental illness also take drugs or abuse alcohol.
Similarly, half of all drug users also have a mental health problem of some description, as do one third of those who abuse alcohol.
Drugs and alcohol can actually bring on mental health problems.
For instance, an individual smoking marijuana may start to think that he or she is being followed by a stalker and become paranoid about it. This is an example of substance-induced psychosis.
Drugs and alcohol can also worsen underlying mental health problems, as you might expect.
This can occur both when under the influence of drugs or alcohol, and also at times when the individual is trying to stop using them and suffers withdrawal symptoms.
For example, a person who suffers from anxiety might become suicidal after snorting or injecting drugs; another individual with anxiety may suffer sever panic attacks while trying to stop use.
Many people with mental health problems will take drugs and/or abuse alcohol in the belief that it will make their problems “go away”.
While this may be the case in the short term, as the substance takes effect, all it is doing is masking the problem and in most cases will lead to a worsening of the underlying condition.
People who are actively using drugs and alcohol while at the same time suffering from mental health problems are also much more likely to worsen their conditions.
This can lead to serious medical emergencies and early death.
At best, it may mean further stays in psychiatric hospitals.
These groups of people are also more likely to commit violent acts either against others or themselves.
This can include self-harming and attempts at suicide.
Active drug users with mental health problems are also more likely to end up with legal problems and become physically dependent on their drug or drugs of choice.
Without professional help, their chances of achieving sobriety are considerably lower than those of other groups who do not have dual diagnosis.
Without immediate treatment for dual diagnosis regular usage can easily result in overdose of a drug or alcohol, therefor becoming a life threatening condition.
These conditions can include:
Similarly, serious problems can arise if a person has become addicted to a particular drug or alcohol and suddenly stops taking the drug, or drinking, in the belief that this is the best course of action.
Addiction occurs when the body has become so used to a drug that it is now dependent on that drug; when the supply of the drug is abruptly halted the body can react badly.
Emergency hospital treatment may be required in the following cases of withdrawal:
There is no overnight or fast cure for Co-Occurring Disorders
Several studies have shown that psychiatric treatment is far more effective in people who are not under the influence of alcohol or other drugs, so detox is the first step towards recovery.
Once the body is free from the influence of drugs then therapy can begin and is much more likely to have a chance of success.
Treatment is usually more successful in a residential or PHP setting, since the patient does not have the distractions of everyday life and is away from family and friends.
After initial treatment, and in order to help with ongoing recovery it’s recommended our clients to receive continuing after care.
This can take many forms and may be as simple as arranging to join groups such as AA or NA or other self-help groups.
In some instances it may be suitable for the individual to attend the treatment center as an outpatient, or to make occasional visits when they feel it is necessary.
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