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Understanding the Need for Co-occurring Disorder Treatment Centers

Dillon McClernon

Authored by Dillon McClernon

Tailoring Our detox Rehab Programs Towards Those with Co-Occurring Disorders

Individuals struggling with co-occurring disorders may find substance abuse treatment ineffective in ensuring long-term sobriety. Because underlying mental health conditions, when left unaddressed, can contribute to relapse even if detox rehab has proven successful for an extended period. Fortunately for those in need, co-occurring disorder treatment centers can improve treatment outcomes by offering concurrent treatment for substance abuse and mental health disorders.

Previously referred to as dual diagnosis, co-occurring disorders have traditionally been treated separately, with many treatment centers requiring sobriety before treatment. This has been largely ineffective, as those with co-occurring disorders are likely to manifest increased symptoms of one disorder to compensate for treatment of the other. This demonstrates that the need for co-occurring disorder detox rehab centers is acute.

Statistics Indicate the Need for Co-occurring Disorder Treatment Centers

So, as a mental health practitioner, you’re likely familiar with the need for co-occurring disorder treatment facilities. However, justifying the need for co-occurring disorder treatment to patients or families may prove difficult. In order o counter preconceived ideas regarding treatment, it may be helpful to recall the following statistics.

  • Only 7% of individuals who participate in addiction treatment receive concurrent treatment for a co-occurring disorder.
  • Only 55% of people struggling with co-occurring disorders receive any form of treatment.
  • About 23% of individuals suffering from co-occurring disorders are homeless.
  • Roughly 9 million people struggling with substance abuse also have a mental health issue.

These statistics demonstrate the need for concurrent treatment of mental health, substance-use disorders, and indicate the lack of available treatment for those who need it most.

Four Factors that Contribute to Co-occurring Disorders

Individuals who develop co-occurring disorders often experience contributing factors that directly influence their mental health status:

  1. Genetic predisposition: Having a family history of mental illness and substance-use disorder makes some individuals more prone to developing a disorder of their own.
  2. Brain development: Teenagers who experiment with drugs or alcohol have an increased chance of developing co-occurring disorders. This is because the teenage brain is still developing and is more vulnerable to the influence of drugs.
  3. Stress/trauma: Those who experience trauma or abuse are more likely to develop addiction or mental illness.
  4. Neurological factors: Addiction and mental health problems sometimes correlate to neurological idiosyncrasies, such as low levels of neurotransmitters, which can result in reduced emotional stability.

For individuals in need of a co-occurring disorder treatment center, consider Recovery Centers of America at Bracebridge Hall. Recovery Centers of America at Bracebridge Hall offers comprehensive care through individualized detox rehab plans. So, call us at 1-800-RECOVER to schedule an assessment today.

Authored by

Dillon McClernon

Dillon McClernon

Dillon currently serves as the Senior Director of Sales and Marketing at RCA. After his tenure as Chief Communications Officer and senior advisor to RCA, he opted for a full-time position at RCA where he could build a new team linking sales and marketing to directly impact RCA’s mission of saving 1 million lives.


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