Can providers identify and address co-occurring mental health conditions?
At Confidant, we believe that treatment should address the individual, not their substance use. If you're living with substance use disorder (SUD), you may have underlying mental health issues that contribute to it, such as depression or anxiety, or you may have lingering effects from past trauma. We assess patients for these issues and incorporate therapies into the treatment plan to address them.
How Prevalent are Co-Occurring Mental Health Conditions?
As many as 50 percent of people with SUD also have a mental health condition. Some common ones that occur with SUD include depression, anxiety, and personality disorders.
A SUD treatment program that fails to address such issues is likely to be ineffective, leading to frustration, failed relationships, and hopelessness. That's why it's so important to identify and address co-occurring conditions from the start.
How Can Programs Incorporate Treatment for Co-Occurring Conditions?
There are different ways to approach this. Some programs provide treatment for SUD, with parallel services for mental health assessment and support. For some patients, however, this may not put enough emphasis on the underlying mental health conditions.
More integrated approaches use services that address both the substance use and co-occurring mental health conditions together. This can be more difficult to implement successfully, so it's critical to carefully evaluate patients and ensure such treatment plans are robust enough to be effective.
The Confidant specialists are especially skilled in guiding patients toward treatment plans that include care for co-occurring conditions in a way that makes sense for the individual patient.
Assessing Treatment Options
Choosing a treatment plan or program is a big decision. We encourage individuals and their families to ask lots of questions and take an active role in treatment. Questions such as these are a good place to start:
Is the treatment approach motivational or behavioral? How does it work?
Are there both individual and group therapy options?
Is there a psychiatrist on staff?
What is the approach to diagnosing and treating underlying mental health conditions?
Substance use so frequently is an indicator of more deep-seated mental health issues or past traumas. Understanding these issues can be key to identifying triggers and behavior patterns linked to drug use. That's why it's so important to uncover and address those issues in treating SUD. Our caring and knowledgeable specialists at Confidant can help.