Often times, an addiction to alcohol or drugs is accompanied by a secondary, significant condition that can dramatically affect the positive outcome of treatment for alcohol or drug abuse. Many who struggle with substance abuse also suffer from a co-occurring mental health issue that exacerbates their addiction. When these diseases are treated simultaneously, lasting healing can be achieved.

Co-occurring issues may include:

  • Anxiety disorders
  • Panic disorders
  • Depression
  • Childhood sexual or other abuse
  • Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
  • Trauma
  • Other emotional and behavioral problems

At Lakeside, we know that chemical dependency is not a character deficiency or moral weakness. It is progressive, potentially fatal disease that has long-term emotional and physical impact on the individual and the whole family. When it is accompanied by other mental health issues, it is important to treat both. At least 30 percent of the people who recognize their alcohol and/or drug abuse also have emotional disorders. These addictive behaviors are more likely to continue unless these co-occurring disorders are recognized and treated.

Lakeside has decades of experience dealing with psychiatric illness and substance addictions. The objective of our Total Recovery Program (TRP) is to return an individual to his or her daily routine as soon as possible.

Phases of Co-occurring Treatment

  • Evaluation and Assessment – Treatment begins with a comprehensive evaluation that becomes the foundation for an individual’s personal treatment plan. A therapist helps identify specific treatment goals to best address a patient’s unique needs.
  • Detoxification – When deemed necessary, a patient will undergo the effective and safe management of withdrawal from alcohol and drugs in an inpatient setting before proceeding with treatment.
  • Rehabilitation – The main phase of treatment, this involves completion of a treatment plan, which generally includes group therapy, individual therapy, family therapy, and activity therapy. A daily schedule includes focused goal-setting, group therapy and educational groups in which individuals address the issues that have disrupted their lives. A patient may be assigned to a special program to deal with trauma resolution or even suicide intervention, if needed.
  • Continuing Care – Providing a comprehensive and continuing system of support after discharge, this involves ongoing access to the hospital staff, continuing individual and group therapy sessions, and family support as well as referral to monitoring or an AA/NA program.