A co-occurring disorder, sometimes referred to as a dual diagnosis, is when a person is suffering from both a substance use disorder and a mental health condition. According to recent research, more than 9 million adults in the United States are affected by co-occurring disorders. At Colorado Medication Assisted Recovery, we are committed to helping you overcome both your addiction and mental health disorder with our treatment program for co-occurring issues. Our treatment approach is focused on long-term recovery. For more information about our mental health treatment center in Thornton, CO, or to learn about our medication-assisted approach to addiction treatment, contact Colorado Medication Assisted Recovery today.

Who Needs a Dual Diagnosis Treatment Program?

At our dual diagnosis treatment center in Thornton, CO, we are focused on treating the underlying causes behind your substance abuse. In order to successfully treat a drug addiction, it is necessary to also treat any co-occurring mental health condition.

In some cases, the mental health condition may pre-date your addiction. Maybe you began using drugs to combat the symptoms of depression or anxiety. Sadly, that drug use quickly spiraled into addiction. In other cases, your drug use may have caused a mental health disorder. Specific drugs can change the chemistry of the brain, which disrupts the routine functions of the neurotransmitters, such as dopamine. This reaction sometimes results in mental health conditions.

While you may think that using substances helps to control the symptoms of a mental health condition, in reality, it’s doing the opposite. Substance abuse leads to decreased levels of serotonin, which, in turn, can lead to worsening depression.

The signs that you need a dual diagnosis treatment program may not be obvious at first. However, there are some routine signals that can indicate that you or a loved one needs dual diagnosis treatment. These symptoms include:

  • Lower performance at work or at school
  • Behavior that has become increasingly secretive
  • Changes in sleep patterns or appetite
  • Impairment of coordination
  • Slurred speech
  • Problems in relationships, finances, or with the law, due to substance use
  • Feelings of anxiety, fear, or paranoia
  • Mood swings

None of these symptoms taken by themselves are indications of mental illness and addiction. However, if you see multiple symptoms over the course of several weeks or months, the time to act is now. If you don’t act, the mental health disorder and addiction could get increasingly worse.

What Does CMAR’s Dual Diagnosis Treatment Program Treat?

Some of our dual diagnosis treatment options include:

Anxiety Treatment

  • General anxiety disorder
  • Panic disorder
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder
  • Social anxiety disorder

Mood Disorder Treatment

  • Dysthymia
  • Depression
  • Bipolar mania
  • Bipolar depression
  • Major depression/major depressive disorder
  • Borderline personality disorder
  • Obsessive-compulsive disorder
    Acute stress disorder

Adjustment disorders

  • Reactive attachment disorder
  • Disinhibited social engagement disorder
  • Substance-induced mood disorders

Mood Disorders Relating to Another Health Condition

Bipolar 1
Bipolar 2
Cyclothymic disorder
Seasonal affective disorder
Stabilized psychotic disorder

Personality Disorders

Obsessive-compulsive personality disorders
Narcissistic personality disorder
Avoidant personality disorder
Dependent personality disorder

THIS IS NOT A COMPREHENSIVE LIST! If you suffer from a disorder or other mental health concerns not listed here, give us a call or email us. We more than likely treat the condition that you’re struggling with in addition to addiction.

Contact Colorado Medication Assisted Recovery

At Colorado Medication Assisted Recovery, we know the consequences of mental illness and addiction. Therefore, we are proud to offer a dual diagnosis treatment program for our patients. Dual diagnosis treatment is essential for your long-term recovery. When getting treatment for addiction, it is essential to be equipped with the tools to manage the symptoms of mental health conditions. Otherwise, you may quickly turn back to substances to keep the symptoms under control. Conversely, if you only get treatment for the mental health condition, your drug abuse can cause your mental health condition to worsen.

With our treatment program for co-occurring disorders, we provide patients the tools they need to manage the symptoms of their mental health condition. Through a wide range of holistic and evidence-based therapies, our patients are able to manage both their addiction and mental health conditions. To learn more about our dual diagnosis and mental health treatment programs, contact the experts at Colorado Medication Assisted Recovery today at 833.448.0127.