Customized Treatment Plans and Co-Occurring Disorders: Your Ultimate Guide

Customized Treatment Plans and Co-Occurring Disorders: Your Ultimate Guide

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) estimates that in the past year, 20.2 million adults had a substance use disorder (SUD). Of these, about 7.9 million people had a co-occurring disorder, which is when an SUD and a mental illness occur at the same time. Sometimes, an SUD can bring about symptoms of a mental illness – while other times, someone with a mental illness may begin to self-medicate – in an attempt to alleviate the distress caused by their symptoms – by abusing drugs or alcohol. Without regard to how it unfolds, there’s no naysaying the fact that co-occurring disorders add an extra layer of complexity to recovery.

Addiction recovery professionals must explore exactly which symptoms belong to which disorder and, if both disorders are not treated at the same time, a person’s symptoms of one condition may become exacerbated. As Mental Health America (MHA) states, those with co-occurring disorders experience greater health risks – which is why appropriate treatment should be a top priority. Since each person is different, customized treatment ensures that clients are receiving exactly what they need in order to thrive. Some of the differences between treatment options may include:

–       Medication and whether or not it should become part of a person’s daily regime

–       The type of recovery activities a person participates in

–       The structure and length of their program

–       Different coping strategies depending on the person’s needs

–       Nutrition and exercise plans customized to what a person can physically accomplish

–       And more

A 2015 study published in the Yale Journal of Biology and Medicine expressed that customized or personalized treatment plans are becoming more popular today because of the amazing opportunities for precision in addiction recovery services. Tailored to a person’s unique characteristics, the likelihood of successful recovery outcomes from co-occurring disorders are much higher.

If you’re ready to begin your journey towards restoration of the mind, body and spirit, speak with a professional from a reputable treatment center today.

The mission of The Beach House is to provide success in the recovery process and elevate the standard of comprehensive addiction treatment. Located right on the coast of Malibu, California, expert clinical care and a holistic view of the recovery process is provided to ensure Best-in-Class treatment tailored to the needs of each client. If you’re ready to start your recovery journey today, call us at 310-924-0780.

Saving Lives; Healing Families.

Kimberly James

I am the founder and owner of The Beach House Treatment Center, The White House, Indigo Ranch, Sweetwater Mesa and Beach House Center for Wellness, all in Malibu, California.