Co-Occurring Addiction and Mental Health Disorder Treatment at The Cabin Sydney
If you are struggling with a substance abuse disorder, chances are the challenges you face are not limited to addiction alone. An alarming number of those battling addiction to drugs or alcohol also find themselves struggling with mental health issues like depression, anxiety, bi-polar or eating disorders. This simultaneous occurrence of addiction and other ailments is termed ‘co-occurring disorders’ and it’s more prevalent and problematic than you might think.
Co-occurring disorders (also known as dual diagnoses) tend to feed off of each other, exacerbating the original problems as well as more severe behavioural, emotional and medical issues. The existence of a concurrent psychological condition also significantly increases the likelihood of relapse after completing addiction treatment. Considering this, it is crucial that co-occurring mental health issues be uncovered and treated alongside your addiction.
At The Cabin Sydney we recognise the hardship that those suffering from co-occurring disorders face and offer treatment that not only combats addiction, but simultaneously screens for, and addresses underlying psychological conditions such as mood, anxiety or personality disorders. Contact us today to arrange a confidential assessment and find out how we can help you achieve, and maintain lasting recovery.
The Facts About Co-Occurring Disorders
Addiction and mental health issues go hand in hand. In fact, over half of all individuals battling addiction also struggle with some form of psychological condition such as anxiety, depression or an eating disorder, and nearly a third of those diagnosed with mental illness struggle with either alcoholism or another form of addiction. While it’s not always possible to trace the origins of these dual or multiple diagnoses, they tend to come about in one of two ways:
Often, individuals suffering from psychological conditions such as depression and anxiety use alcohol or prescription drugs as a form of self-medication to alleviate the discomfort caused by their mental illness. Although substance use can initially provide some relief, this form of self-medication often escalates to substance abuse and eventually addiction. This inevitably worsens symptoms of depression and anxiety creating a vicious cycle of dependence. Further, this type of reliance on substances to manage psychological distress prevents the development of organic coping mechanisms, leaving the sufferer ill-equipped to manage these problems on their own.
On the flip side, psychological conditions can develop as a direct result of drug or alcohol abuse. The physical changes that occur in the brain resulting from prolonged or excessive substance abuse can spark the onset of mood disorders, anxiety disorders and even psychotic symptoms that may not have surfaced otherwise.
Since mental health and substance abuse disorders are so closely intertwined, both should be simultaneously. Symptoms of addiction and mental illness can mimic and mask one another, making diagnosis difficult and misdiagnosis common. Unfortunately, undiagnosed or untreated psychological disorders significantly increase the risk of relapse for those in addiction recovery. For these reasons, it’s crucial that you seek addiction treatment from a reputable centre that specialises in co-occurring disorders.
Why The Cabin Sydney is Your Best Choice for Co-Occurring Disorder Treatment
At The Cabin Sydney we recognise that a deep understanding of co-occurring disorders is vital to your successful recovery and relapse prevention. Our team of addiction counsellors, psychiatrists and psychologists are specialists in this field. In combination with our highly effective Recovery Zones addiction treatment, you will receive a thorough assessment for any underlying mental health issues or unresolved trauma. Armed with this information, our addiction experts will be able to fully address the complexity of your addiction as it interacts with other disorders and treat all of your ailments collectively.
Our personalised approach, combined with the dedication and compassion of our experienced clinical team, puts you in the best possible position to achieve lasting recovery. Attending outpatient treatment at our conveniently located centre allows you to receive the level of care you deserve while still keeping up with your daily routine and returning to your own home each night. Our flexible treatment schedule means that you can recover with minimal interference to the professional and personal obligations that are most important to you.
With cases of dual or multiple diagnoses, aftercare is especially important to maintaining long term recovery. At The Cabin Sydney, we offer one of the most comprehensive ongoing recovery support programmes around, giving you all the tools and support you need for all-around wellbeing.
As co-occurring disorders can present unique challenges, clients who struggle to recover within the contexts of their everyday environment will be recommended for treatment at our world-class residential rehab located in beautiful Northern Thailand.
The Cabin Chiang Mai Luxury Inpatient Rehab
Renowned for providing highly effective addiction treatment, The Cabin Chiang Mai boasts luxurious, resort-like accommodation amid tropical gardens in the scenic mountains of Chiang Mai, Thailand — a perfect setting to focus on your recovery. Our state-of-the-art facility provides a safe haven for clients struggling with addictions and mental health issues, and includes an onsite hospital for medical detoxes with round-the-clock care. Here you can focus on healing far away from the triggers and stresses present in your regular environment. Western-trained therapists expertly provide the best quality, holistic addiction care as well as thorough assessment and treatment of any co-occurring conditions. Through Western medicine and Eastern healing practices, we strive to provide complete healing of your mind and body.