What Are Co-Occurring Disorders?
It is observed that people having mental illnesses suffer more from substance use disorders. In the United States alone, around 9.2 million adults are suffering from co-occurring disorders, according to the National Survey on Drug Use and Health (2018) by SAMHSA.
Most of the people finding solace in alcohol & drugs are later diagnosed with co-occurring disorders such as anxiety, depression, OCD, PTSD, and mental trauma. At Avatar, we follow co-occurring disorders’ specific treatment approaches for curing co-occurring disorders and addiction.
Anxiety refers to the severe mental distresses that can have an adverse effect on both the physical and mental health of individuals. As the most common psychiatric issue, anxiety also vandalizes normal social life and can create dents in close relationships. There are various types of anxiety issues that are a direct result of specific combinations of mental illness and addiction co-occurring disorders. Major symptoms of anxiety include withdrawal from social connections, a decline in the quality of relationships & job performance, insensitivity, and lack of competence.
Clinically depression along with addiction defeats the immune system and can sometimes be the leading cause of suicide among drug addicts. Studies reveal that depressive disorders when combined with drug addiction increase suicide rates to about 25 percent. Common symptoms of depression include sadness or grief that lasts for several months, sleeping disorders, losing interest in the job, negative & pessimistic thinking, etc.
People with OCD live with obsessive & compulsive thoughts that break the rhythm of their life. Living with co-occurring addiction and mental health disorders such as OCD is quite devastating. According to the U.S. National Library of Medicine (NLM), more than 25 percent of people struggling with OCD are prone to various substance use disorders. At Avatar, medically-assisted detoxification and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is the key treatment for OCD.
PTSD & Trauma
People who have undergone trauma go through PTSD as well. Post-traumatic stress disorder or PTSD is a complicated psychiatric disorder that can eventually lead to substance abuse. Prominent symptoms of PTSD include frequent night terrors, unforgettable flashbacks of special incidents, Insomnia, and have panic-attacks from time-to-time.