For people suffering from co-occurring disorders, also known as “dual diagnoses,” addiction experts agree that integrated treatment is the best option. Even if the substance addiction and mental health disorder did not arise simultaneously, professionals still recommend treating them both at the same time.

Because addiction is a progressive disease, a delay in treatment can cause symptoms to worsen and may make it harder to treat the addiction in the first place. Moreover, substance use itself can exacerbate an existing mental health disorder, making it impractical to attempt to address mental health issues alone.

Nevertheless, as a mental health disorder may also contribute to the development and continuation of a substance addiction, it may be difficult to successfully treat an addiction without addressing the co-occurring mental health disorder. The effect the detoxification process may have on any co-occurring mental health issues also makes it perilous to treat a substance addiction separately.

In addition to avoiding the potential pitfalls outlined above, integrated treatment plans have a variety of other benefits as well. For example, both medication therapy and group therapy have been found to be more effective under an integrated treatment plan.

Whether someone is suffering from a single disorder or multiple diagnoses, the most important thing they can do is find a treatment plan that accounts for and addresses their unique circumstances and issues.

The Asana Recovery Center offers a residential treatment program in a supportive, relaxing, and inspiring environment. Call us today at (949) 438-4504 to find out whether our drug and alcohol addiction treatment program may be the right fit for you.