Co-Occurring Disorders

Treatment Mental Health & Addiction Together

Substance abuse is often accompanied by a significant secondary condition that contributes to an individual’s alcohol or drug misuse. Years of study have shown that at least 30 percent of people who recognize their alcohol and/or drug abuse also have other emotional disorders. If these co-occurring mental health issues aren’t addressed, long-term recovery is difficult to achieve.

Lakeside Behavioral Health System’s co-occurring disorders track (sometimes referred to as “dual diagnosis”) helps treat these issues, which can include depression, extreme anxiety, childhood sexual abuse, trauma, bipolar and more. These conditions exacerbate the addiction, and really need to be treated concurrently for the best results.

Co-occurring Disorders Track Components

Treatment for everyone begins with an evaluation and assessment, creating a foundation for treatment. The appropriate level of care is determined (inpatient, partial hospitalization or intensive outpatient), and if detox is needed, it happens before the rehabilitation phase of treatment. A personalized treatment plan is then created that includes a mix of group and individual therapy, activities and family therapy.

During co-occurring treatment, the addicted individual learns first to confront the negative effects of addiction. At the same time, the family learns to understand why chemical dependency is a disease, what may complicate recovery and how to relate to each other constructively.

As treatment comes to a close, Continuing Care provides continuous, comprehensive support after discharge. It includes ongoing access to the hospital staff, individual and group therapy sessions and family support as well as referral to (and monitoring of) AA/NA program participation.

For additional resources, please read our article, “Dispelling Five Common Addiction Myths” and other articles in our Resources section, or visit the National Institute on Drug Abuse or The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA).


Recovery Begins Today

Lakeside Behavioral Health System’s Assessment Center is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week to provide a no-cost mental health assessment for you, your loved one, or your patient/client. Call us at 901-377-4700 or visit our facility to get started. For additional questions about our programs, you can also use our online contact form. In the case of a medical emergency or crisis, please dial 911 or go to the nearest emergency room.


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