Dual Diagnosis

Co-occurring Disorders

Living with either a substance addiction or a mental health illness is tough, but managing simultaneously can be extremely difficult. Co-occurring habits and diseases are some of the most frightening issues worldwide. Our staff does a thorough pre-assessment to assess if you require treatment for a co-occurring disorder or dual diagnosis. Establishing these co-occurring disorders early on in the rehabilitation process allows proper treatments to begin promptly. We welcome clients with co-occurring disorders rather than excluding them due to their psychiatric condition. Therapy sessions and group meetings can be focused to reflect the needs of those suffering from mental illness. We can help you overcome obstacles like compulsive behaviors, social anxiety, and depression that have been interfering with your recovery.

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What Are Co-Occurring Disorders?

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It is observed that people with mental health conditions tend to 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 people finding solace in alcohol & drugs are later diagnosed with co-occurring disorders such as anxiety, depression, OCD, PTSD, bipolar disorder, personality disorder, and mental trauma. At Avatar, we follow a mindfulness oriented recovery enhancement dual diagnosis treatment plan for curing co-occurring diseases and addiction.

As stated by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, co-occurring disorders exist when any combination of two or more substance use disorders and mental health disorders is identified. A mental disorder is often not diagnosed until after a patient has become a substance abuser. Substance abuse and mental illness are caused by overlapping factors such as brain deficits, genetic vulnerabilities, and early exposure to trauma; these are reasons they can occur separately or concurrently. Patients treated for mental illness often misuse alcohol, opioids, marijuana, tobacco, and other prescription drugs.

Anxiety Disorders

Anxiety refers to the severe mental distresses that can harm both the physical and mental health of individuals. As the most common psychiatric issue, anxiety also vandalizes everyday social life and can create dents in close relationships. There are various types of anxiety issues that directly result from specific combinations of mental illness and co-occurring addiction disorders. Significant anxiety symptoms include:

  • Withdrawal from social connections.

  • A decline in the quality of relationships & job performance.

  • Insensitivity.

  • Lack of competence.


Clinically depression and 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 necessary 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. Sometimes people attempt to cope with the trauma by turning to a substance, which results in addiction. Warning signs of symptoms of PTSD include frequent night terrors, unforgettable flashbacks of particular incidents, Insomnia, and have panic-attacks from time-to-time.

Personality Disorders

A personality disorder impacts how individuals perceive themselves and those around them; their perception affects their lives and alters how they think, act, and behave. These individuals usually struggle to create and maintain relationships. They might work academically, in their jobs, and have difficulty coping with stress.

Bipolar Disorder

Bipolar disorder is described as a mental disorder that causes erratic shifts in mood, behavior, concentration, and energy levels. It is one of the more common comorbidities with substance abuse; alcohol is often the most common substance. Treating the co-occurring mood disorder with the psychotherapeutic intervention will reduce substance cravings and overall outcome.

Support Groups at Avatar

Regardless of your substance abuse or mental illness, we offer various support groups to help you face your withdrawal symptoms and meet your behavioral health needs. A supportive approach to therapy helps build self-confidence and regain self-esteem, a positive place to process your feelings. If you need help tackling a problem with alcohol or drugs, a support group might be an excellent place to work up the courage to begin the road to recovery. While support groups are not intended to replace formal mental health treatment programs, group therapy still offers various benefits.

Diagnosis and treatment for co-occurring disorders is available at Avatar Alcohol and Drugs Recovery Center New Jersey

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Why Our Inpatient Treatment Programs New Jersey Are Premier?

Finding the best inpatient drug rehab center for your needs when searching from California to New Jersey is not easy. At Avatar Drug and Alcohol Rehab Center, located in scenic Ringwood, New Jersey, we offer 10 acres of beautifully landscaped property to set your mind at ease. We are conveniently located 35 miles west of NYC, near Connecticut, and close to Pennsylvania. Our facility features private rooms with ensuite bathrooms, televisions, wireless internet, and outdoor recreation spaces. We pride ourselves on maintaining a Covid-19 free zone by adhering to all governmental regulations. Please take advantage of our campus’s remarkable beauty and our unique specialty therapy programs. Our dedicated staff’s investment in each of our clients and our passion is to provide long-term recovery from addiction.

  • 24 x 7 Facility

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We Accept All Major Health Insurance

We believe that insurance should never be a barrier to individuals when seeking help for substance abuse issues. That is why we accept many insurances across the United States. Contact our drug rehabs New Jersey admissions counselors now. Even if we cannot help you with your insurance, we will get you into the safe hands that we can.