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
- Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
- Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)
- Experiential Therapy
- Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR)
- Individual Therapy
- Listen-Empathize-Agree-Partner (LEAP)
- Matrix Model
- Psychiatric Evaluation and Medication Management
- Seeking Safety