Co-occurring Substance Use Disorder or Addiction

What Is Co-occurring Substance Use Disorder?

Sometimes people with mental illnesses attempt to self-medicate by resorting to alcohol or drugs, which can lead to a substance use disorder. Unfortunately, the substance abuse worsens the mental illness.

Dual diagnoses can be challenging for clients to confront because of the two distinct components: their mental illness and their substance abuse. However, at Pasadena Villa we provide evidence-based treatment that addresses both the substance use disorder and any underlying mental health conditions to ensure the best chance at recovery.

Signs and Symptoms of Substance Use Disorder

Substance abuse is defined by excessive and regular use of drugs or alcohol, despite harmful consequences. Individuals may experience a variety of different symptoms including:

  • Increased tolerance for drugs or alcohol
  • Failure to fulfill significant life obligations
  • Difficulties with relationships and increased conflict
  • An inability to control or reduce drug or alcohol use
  • Increased time seeking drugs or alcohol
  • Sacrificing activities to use instead
  • Engaging in dangerous behaviors while under the influence of drugs or alcohol
  • Withdrawal symptoms, such as anxiety, sweating, depression, insomnia, tremors, and increased heart rate

Treatment for Co-occurring Substance Use Disorder

Just like co-occurring conditions feature a two-part diagnosis, the best treatment focuses on both the mental illness and the substance use disorder. At Pasadena Villa we work with our clients to ensure we understand all aspects of the co-occurring conditions. We work with each of our clients to treat their illnesses in a holistic way, including personal and family therapy. Individual therapies may include:

To learn more about our treatment for co-occurring addiction, call us today at 407.215.2519 or complete our contact form.