Co-Occurring Disorder


Many times, there are co-occurring mental-health disorders connected to substance addiction. To responsibly treat addiction, you must also properly diagnose and treat additional mental health problems. These likely consist of depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, and PTSD. Our clinical addiction team has vast experience and skill in these areas and recognize how to work with the medical team to produce programs that address all behavioral health needs. This is the only way to fully overcome addiction and place clients in position that reduces the danger of relapse. For this reason, BriteLife offers a full continuum of addiction care which includes this type of co-occurring disorder treatment.


While everyone experiences some daily nervousness, those with a true anxiety disorder are often left helpless and unable to cope. Like other mental health conditions, it is common for these individuals to seek relief through drugs and alcohol. Substance abuse leads to dependence and addiction when misuse becomes frequent and excessive to feel better.


Bipolar Disorder can be tough to pinpoint and can be caused by genetics, brain chemistry or stressful situations. People suffering from bipolar disorder have intense mood swings that take them from feelings of extraordinary highs to dreadful lows. To self-medicate, bipolar sufferers look to drugs and alcohol to lessen the pain and offer a false sense of “normal.”


Depression is more common than you think with substance abuse clients. While inherent depression may lead some to use drugs and alcohol to get by, these substances also amplify the effects of depression. Research shows that almost 40% of persons who are pinpointed with severe depression also have alcohol and drug abuse problems.


Post-traumatic stress disorder (or PTSD) is a well-known phrase for decades, but most people never come to understand the nuances of the condition or its harm. Usually associated with military veterans and first responders, those with PTSD far too often suffer by themselves. Although more people with PTSD are seeking help than ever before, there are still far too many who remain untreated.

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