Co-Occurring Addiction Treatment

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A co-occurring addiction treatment program can help people achieve holistic mental health by simultaneously treating substance use disorders and mental health issues. Call 616.202.3326 to get started with a substance use disorder program with Sanford Behavioral Health today.

What Are Co-Occurring Disorders?

“Co-occurring disorders” is the term addiction professionals use to refer to mental health conditions that happen alongside a substance use disorder. Common co-occurring disorders include:

  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
  • Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)
  • Bipolar disorder

Addiction doesn’t occur in a vacuum, and treating it in a vacuum is often ineffective in building a lasting recovery. When people have multiple mental health diagnoses, they face additional challenges compared to those suffering from substance use disorders alone.

Left untreated, they face higher rates of relapse, lower quality of life, and several roadblocks on the path to abstinence.

How a Co-Occurring Addiction Program Can Help

Co-occurring addiction rehab programs offer a wide range of services to help people achieve total mental health recovery.

People who attend a co-occurring addiction program get the best of both worlds: evidence-based treatments for substance use disorders and effective mental health treatments that can minimize the symptoms of a mental health condition.

Addiction Treatment

In treating addiction, therapists at a co-occurring addiction program may employ therapies and treatments like:

  • Medication-assisted treatment (MAT)
  • Group therapy
  • Motivational interviewing (MI)
  • Medical detox
  • Support housing options
  • Nature therapy

These treatments have proven effective in helping people overcome the symptoms of drug or alcohol withdrawals, reduce the frequency of invasive drug cravings, and teach patients healthy coping mechanisms to deal with the stressors of everyday life.

Mental Health Treatment

At the same time, patients at a co-occurring addiction treatment program receive targeted mental health treatments that have proven effective at treating mental health disorders. The approaches include:

  • Cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT)
  • Dialectical behavior therapy (DBT)
  • Meeting regularly with a psychiatrist
  • Mental health-focused support groups

These therapies are specifically designed for people suffering from the symptoms of mental health conditions. By combining both psychiatric medication and targeted psychotherapy approaches, most patients will see a significant decrease in their level of negative mental health symptoms.

Some will even achieve total remission, meaning they no longer meet the diagnostic criteria for a mental health condition.

Levels of Care for Co-Occurring Addiction Treatment

Sanford Behavioral Health offers the full continuum of care for co-occurring addiction treatment. A full continuum of care means that we can accommodate every aspect of your treatment plan and that you never have to transfer between treatment centers to get the appropriate level of care for your needs.

Our programs for co-occurring addiction treatment include:

Medical Detox

The first step of addiction recovery, medical detox, helps people to overcome the physical withdrawal symptoms of substance use disorders. These facilities focus on stabilizing patients and preparing them for the next steps in the treatment process.

Residential Treatment

Residential treatment offers the highest intensity of treatments and therapies, allowing our patients to devote themselves entirely to the work of recovery. Patients live at their treatment facility and attend treatments for several hours a day.

Outpatient Treatment

Outpatient treatment options are ideal for people with busy lives or prepared to step down from residential care. Patients live at home or in supportive recovery housing and attend treatment several days a week.

Start a Co-Occurring Addiction Rehab Program at Sanford Behavioral Health

To learn more about our extensive treatment options for people with co-occurring substance use and mental health disorders, contact our team by calling 616.202.3326. From the moment you call until the day you discharge, our team will be there to support you in every step of your recovery journey.


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