Drug and alcohol rehab addresses the multiple aspects of substance use recovery through drug and alcohol counseling. People with mental illness are more likely to experience a substance use disorder than those not affected by a mental illness. In many cases, co-occurring disorders complicate matters.
According to SAMHSA’s 2018 National Survey on Drug Use and Health, approximately 9.2 million adults in the United States have a co-occurring disorder. A c o-occurring disorder refers to coexisting mental illness and substance use disorder. It is commonly explained as the combination of substance use and mental illness. However, a co-occurring disorder can develop with substance use as well.
People with substance use disorder are at an increased risk for conditions such as:
- Anxiety disorders
- Behavioral and emotional disorders
- Bipolar affective disorder
- Dissociation and dissociative disorders
- Eating disorders
- Obsessive-compulsive disorder
- Post-traumatic stress disorder
The coexistence of mental illness and substance use disorder is common among people in medication-assisted treatment (MAT). Combining illicit drugs with prescription drugs can cause problematic interactions. At our center, clients are supervised by doctors who understand the complications that can arise from any combination.
- Experimental drugs
- Ecstasy (MDA, MDMA)
- And many more can cause problematic drug interactions.
Take caution and see a doctor if you believe you may have a co-occurring disorder or drug interaction. Align Sonoma rehab facilities are here to assist you.
Jennifer Madison, RCP