Understanding Co-Occurring Disorders
Did you know that many people struggling with addiction also suffer from a mental health issue? In light of Mental Health Month, we're here to shed some light on the reality of co-occurring disorders when it comes to substance abuse and addiction.
The Connection Between Mental Illness & Addiction
Co-occurring disorders happen when an individual living with a mental illness, like a mood or personality disorder, turns to drugs and alcohol as a means to cope with the symptoms of their mental health issues. While turning to mind-altering substances may be able to provide the affected person with temporary relief, they often result in more extensive mental health problems and addiction issues.
Common Co-Occurring Mental Illnesses for Addicts
Although those with mental illness can become addicted to any substance, there are certain combinations that are more common than others. Some of the most frequently diagnosed co-occurring disorders when it comes to addiction include:
- Borderline personality disorder (BPD) without drug preference
- Panic disorders and alcohol abuse
- Major depression and cocaine addiction
- Schizophrenia and alcoholism or no drug preference
Signs & Symptoms of Co-Occurring Disorders
Some common symptoms that may point to the presence of mental illness in addition to having substance abuse issues include:
- Mood swings
- Withdrawing from social interaction
- Suicidal thoughts or ideation
- Irritability and anger issues
- Increase feelings of anxiety
- Trouble maintaining relationships
- Changes in eating habits
- Changes in sleep habits
Seeking Help at The Good Life Treatment Center
At The Good Life Treatment Center, we’re a different kind of treatment center—we believe in the treatment and recovery of the body, mind, and spirit. We’re committed to working with you to help remove the burdens of shame and guilt that addiction so often brings. We think there’s a better, freer way, to live life.