There are many triggers of comorbidity and they include:-self medication.
This is for instance in the case of prescription drugs where some individuals will take the drugs (e.g. sedatives, painkillers and stimulants) without consulting with their doctor.-genetic vulnerability. Scientists have isolated the gene that makes one susceptible to addiction.
Some people have this gene and it exposes them to addiction and consequently, comorbidity. -environment or lifestyle.
The environment one lives in and the lifestyle one chooses have a direct influence on COD, which stands for co-occurring disorders.
This is because certain lifestyles and environments encourage substance use and dependence and in the face of existing mental illness that results in comorbidity. -underlying shared origins etc
Usually, substance use brings about symptoms that are similar to those indicative of mental health illness. Dual diagnosis means that it is not easy to tell where the substance abuse stops and where the mental illness starts.
It therefore becomes difficult to properly diagnose the primary psychiatric disorder.
It is easy to see how thin the lines are drawn when it comes to dealing with substance use and mental health disorders in dual diagnosis.
There are certain consequences that are associated with dual diagnosis.
They include, and are not limited to:
It is crucial that the correct dual diagnosis is made if clients are to be helped to recover.
When one disorder is treated and the other is ignored, what happens if recurrence or relapse.
Take for instance a case where a client is treated for a substance abuse problem without any acknowledgement of a mental illness. The client gets sober but the mental illness recurs. In turn, the client sees the need to self medicate which in turn leads to a drug relapse.
It is easy to see, from the listed consequences, that dual diagnosis has a real impact on the productivity and functionality of the affected individual.
Coping with mental illness or substance abuse separately is hard enough.
When these two disorders are combined, it requires Herculean strength to overcome them.
Thankfully, years of research have borne fruits as far testing, assessment and treatment of COD are concerned.
What you just need to do is find a reputable institution like The Recovery Way. Our staff are at hand to walk you every step of the way on your journey of overcoming COD.
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