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The human body is a beautiful but complicated system. When you add the brain to the mix, the complication increases exponentially. For this reason, people handle their stress and problems in different ways. Western medicine has moved away from looking at each body system as separate and realizes that each person is the combined total of their experiences, thoughts, and behaviors. The complex nature of the mind-body inner workings makes finding a treatment center that diagnoses co-occurring disorders so important.

Any person looking into treatment for mental illness or substance abuse addiction knows that they are the sum of all their parts, and their disorder does not define who they are. The 2018 National Survey of Drug Use and Health(NSDUH) found that 45-60% of adults with a substance abuse disorder also have a mental health condition. Conversely, 20-50% of adults with a behavioral health disorder ALSO have a co-occurring SUD(substance use disorder).

What is the Difference Between Co-Occurring and Dual-Diagnosis?

Co-occurring is a more inclusive term for a person who might have one or more mental health disorders along with addiction. You might have heard of the term dual diagnosis treatment. This term is very similar in meaning to co-occurring, but the difference is in the quantity implied. Dual generally makes you think there are two different parts suggested.

But in the case of co-occurring disorders, there is no limit on possible symptoms to be addressed. Co-occurring has become the preferred term so that clients don’t feel stigmatized if they happen to have more than two disorders.

What Are the Common Co-Occurring Disorders?

  • Depression
  • Substance abuse
  • Schizophrenia
  • Anorexia
  • Anxiety
  • PTSD
  • Alcohol Abuse
  • Bi-Polar
  • General Mood disorders
  • Bulimia
  • Phobia
  • Autism

Co Occurring Disorders, Who’s it For and What Are the Symptoms?

In Kenton County Kentucky, 12% of citizens struggle with frequent physical distress, while 13% have persistent mental anguish. These facts exemplify the need for treating co-occurring disorders that address mental health and substance abuse treatment. SUN behavioral has clinical teams ready to make sure you receive the best possible addiction treatment and behavioral health assistance.

Clients who have symptoms that overlap and affect their ability to participate in activities of life are good candidates for a clinician to suspect co-occurring disorders.

Clients who exhibit these signs and symptoms may be diagnosed with co-occurring disorders ….

  1. Little interest or pleasure in participating in life
  2. Addiction to drugs, alcohol or street narcotics with withdrawal behavior when they try to lower their use
  3. Trouble falling asleep, staying asleep or sleeping too much
  4. Having very little energy or too much energy and an inability to control oneself
  5. Compulsively doing things over and over
  6. Hallucinations or realistic nightmares
  7. Irritability and quick tempers that escalate easily

These are just a few of the symptoms you might notice within yourself or a loved one.

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What To Expect From Integrated Treatment of a Co-Occurring Disorder?

SUN Behavioral’s clinical team will take a thorough history and decide if the client struggles with co-occurring disorders. The complicated nature of co-occurring disorders makes treatment more challenging, which leaves these persons vulnerable to relapse and other adverse outcomes.

The key to address co-occurring disorders is to provide integrated treatment. But few clients have been able to get proper treatment for one of their disorders, not to mention a second or possibly third.

The problem seems to be that other facilities fail to see the medical condition within the patient, for instance, a mood disorder, personality disorder, or an anxiety disorder. Clients in the United States may not always be able to convey their need for integrated care. Still, at SUN Behavioral, our professional clinical team has extensive experience treating people with substance abuse and mental health co-occurring disorders.


Frequently Asked Questions

What is the most effective treatment for ADHD?

There are different treatments for ADHD depending on the unique situation of the individual. Adult outpatient behavioral services include two vital programs: a partial hospitalization program (PHP) and an intensive outpatient program (IOP). There are also outpatient programs tailored for children with ADHD. Sometimes, but not always, medication is included in a treatment plan for ADHD. Typical medications include the brand names Adderall®, Ritalin®, Vyvanse®, and Concerta®, all forms of dexmethylphenidate, dextroamphetamine, lisdexamfetamine, or methylphenidate.

What is currently the most common treatment for ADHD?

This depends on the individual’s unique situation. In some cases, they may require outpatient or inpatient services. Medication may also be given to those who need it.

How is ADHD usually treated?

ADHD is usually treated with therapy and/or, in some cases, medication. A medical professional will determine the best route based on an evaluation.

What is the first-line treatment for ADHD?

Treatment for ADHD may be provided via a partial hospitalization program (PHP) or an intensive outpatient program (IOP). PHP includes five group therapy sessions per day, five days per week. The PHP groups use a cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) approach. PHP offers coping skills training and a Wellness Recovery Action Plan (WRAP), which is an evidence-based system to help people understand and apply wellness techniques for the purpose of relapse prevention. The IOP includes three group sessions per day, five days per week. Key components of the IOP include stress management, life skills development, mindfulness, cognitive behavioral therapy, and yoga and physical wellness strategies. There are also outpatient programs tailored for children with ADHD. These treatment approaches will help you or your loved one gain new skills to better cope with ADHD.

Treat Co-Occurring Disorders

At SUN, we’ve created a caring, healing environment and will be there for every step of your journey to recovery. Please call us today to help you, your family and your loved one.


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