What is Co-Occurring and the Dual Diagnosis Program?
In addiction treatment, you will frequently hear the term “co-occurring”. This refers to addiction and mental health issues like anxiety, depression, and bipolar disorder. Our specialists are trained to recognize symptoms of these disorders, which contribute in a major way to many people’s addiction in our co-occurring dual diagnosis program.
At Discovery Institute, we treat mood disorders, if they are diagnosed, as part of our addiction treatment program. Symptoms of anxiety and depression can range from minor to severe enough to impact a person’s day-to-day life. When severe symptoms are unmanaged, many people begin to self-medicate with drugs and alcohol, which leads to addiction. When symptoms are managed through medication and therapy, the likelihood of turning to drugs and alcohol greatly decreases.
Addiction and mood disorders go hand-in-hand, but still need two different treatment approaches, which is why it is called co-occurring. Discovery Institute works with each client to come up with a unique co-occurring program based on their specific needs. While we work to wean our clients off of the drugs or alcohol they were dependent upon, we also treat their secondary mood disorder with appropriate, non-habit forming medication and therapy.
We work to provide alternatives to drugs and alcohol to prevent relapse in the future. A client’s co-occurring issue is re-assessed throughout treatment to determine if medication and therapy needs to be altered. Our goal is to have our client’s mood disorder correctly managed by the time they leave treatment and to provide healthy alternatives and tools to combat addiction.