Oftentimes, the presence of an addiction is coupled with another mental health issue, such as depression, PTSD, or ADHD. When a person suffers from two or more illnesses or disorders, simultaneously or sequentially, they are defined as comorbid.
According to a study published in the National Library of Medicine, “comorbidity is associated with worse health outcomes, more complex clinical management, and increased health care costs.” Because of this, identifying and treating both the mental illness and addiction is critical for a full resolution and recovery.
What is Comorbidity?
Comorbidity refers to the coexistence of two or more illnesses in one person. According to the National Institute for Drug Abuse (NIDA), nearly 8.9 million Americans are affected by comorbidity yearly, of which only 7.4% receive adequate care.
Some of the most common cooccurring illnesses related to addiction include: heroin and depression; opioids and PTSD; cocaine and anxiety; and alcoholism and anti-social personality disorder.
- 50% of people who suffer from a sever mental illness also suffer from a substance abuse disorder
- 29% of people diagnosed with a mental illness abuse a substance
- People with bipolar disorder are 5 times as likely to have a substance abuse disorder
Why Do I Suffer from Two Conditions?
There are many factors that contribute to developing cooccurring illnesses. On one hand, genetics do play a role in increasing the risk of incurring a substance abuse disorder or mental illness. On the other hand, the symbiosis between substance use and mental health is such that having one can lead to the development of the other. For instance, a person abusing substances will eventually knock out of balance the chemical processes in the brain.
To put it more succinctly, according to the NIDA, addiction and mental illness share the same genetic pathways and markers. One or more hereditary disruptions in your body and brain cause both mental illness and increased response from using drugs.
Almost any mental illness can occur with substance use disorder. But the most common ones include:
- Personality disorders
- Anxiety disorders
- Panic disorders
In order to effectively treat cooccurring illnesses, integrated treatment is often necessary for effective recovery. Integrated treatment utilizes varied therapeutic methods that target both the substance abuse and mental health disorders.
Treatment for Co-Occurring Conditions in Arizona
In Scottsdale, Arizona, you can find the help you need for comorbidity. You simply need the right program treatment. This treatment includes multiple levels of care to find one suited to your conditions and recovery.
Our program includes:
- Dual diagnosis and men’s program
- Residential, PHP, IOP and OP programs
- Executive programs and luxury facilities
- A wide array of therapies, such as EMDR, trauma and exposure response therapy
- PTSD treatment
- 12-step and SMART recovery
For the treatment you need in Scottsdale, Arizona, call First Step Center now at 866.832.6398. Finally, you can overcome your comorbidity. Simply open the door to a better life by calling First Step Center now.