Co-occurring disorders treatment

Today, the field of addiction treatment and mental health is more developed than ever in history. “Dual diagnosis“ is a clinical term used to describe a person who has a co-occurring substance use disorder and at least one mental health disorder.

Both conditions must be officially clinically diagnosed before the patient receives two-track treatment for their specific drug(s) of abuse and particular mental health disorders. Co-occurring disorders present complex treatment challenges, in part because each disorder affects the other. For this reason, each patient presents discrete treatment needs that an interdisciplinary team of addiction and mental health professionals must address.

Treatment for eating disorders and substance abuse

The ideal treatment approach for co-occurring disorders is an integrated treatment plan. It is critical that treatment professionals at the drug rehab center and eating disorder clinic communicate with one another frequently and understand each center’s treatment protocol.

In terms of treatment protocols used for co-occurring disorders, the first step will be to safely detox the client.

It is important to note that a supervised detox is always advisable and definitely in the cases of certain drugs of abuse, such as opioids, alcohol, or benzodiazepines.

Once successfully detoxed and stabilized, the client can then receive dual-track primary care treatment that addresses both the substance abuse and the eating disorder.

The addiction treatment component of the process will include traditional treatment methods at either an acute or outpatient program. Such treatment protocols include pharmacology (i.e., medications), psycho-behavioral therapy, and self-help measures, such as attending 12-step programs. It is important to note that treatment plans are, in part, adapted to certain drugs of abuse. For example, pharmacological interventions, known as medication-assisted treatment, are reserved for use in certain cases, such as opioid abuse. A medication can only be used if it is FDA-approved or if clinicians have found that certain drugs can successfully be used “off-label” to treat the addiction.

Orlando Recovery Center provides a full continuum of scientifically backed rehab services. The team of addiction and mental health specialists has risen to the top of their field through years of dedication to delivering exceptional services.

Our goal is to ensure that clients receive all the benefits of cutting-edge treatment to ensure a long-lasting recovery.

Medical Disclaimer: The Orlando Recovery Center aims to improve the quality of life for people struggling with a substance use or mental health disorder with fact-based content about the nature of behavioral health conditions, treatment options, and their related outcomes. We publish material that is researched, cited, edited and reviewed by licensed medical professionals. The information we provide is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. It should not be used in place of the advice of your physician or other qualified healthcare provider.

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