Treating Co-Occurring Disorders with Integrated Care

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Treating Co-Occurring Disorders with Integrated Care


The opioid crisis continues to ravage our communities, and we are missing an opportunity to better treat those struggling with addiction.

In many cases, substance use and mental health issues are intertwined. It is estimated that 7.9 million people had both a mental health and substance use disorder in 2014, according to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.

Co-occurring disorders are difficult to diagnose and treat because an individual's substance use disorder can mask the mental health symptoms that exist. However, the complexity of co-occurring disorders doesn't make the path to recovery impossible.

Clients have a better chance at recovery when treatment addresses the individual's needs holistically.

Here are three reasons why an integrated treatment approach is best for co-occurring disorders:

Improved diagnosis

For someone seeking treatment for mental health and substance use disorders, a variety of treatment protocols exist depending on the type of facility. One facility may treat only an individual's substance use disorder, but may not be aware of or have the capacity to treat their mental health needs.

A fully integrated medical, mental health and substance use treatment model gives an individual adequate resources and staff to screen, diagnosis and treat both mental health and substance use disorders.

A personalized path to recovery

There isn't one set path for every individual with co-occurring disorders. …

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