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What is Comorbidity?

What is Comorbidity?

Comorbidity refers to having two medical conditions at once, whatever those conditions include. However, in addiction, comorbidity usually refers to having a co-occurring mental illness with your drug or alcohol dependence. These two conditions intertwine, making it almost impossible to gain sobriety on your own. Moreover, you also need treatment for both conditions at once to gain real hope for lasting recovery.

Comorbidity in Addiction

In fact, comorbidity in addiction frequently occurs. Specifically, about four million Americans need treatment for both mental illness and addiction, according to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). Therefore, you do not walk this path alone. You meet many people in rehab also working to overcome both addiction and mental illness at once.

If you don’t gain the help you need for both conditions, the untreated one only fuels the other into relapse. Therefore, without dual diagnosis treatment, you will not enjoy lasting wellness. For your best possible future, seek a residential treatment center providing rehab for addiction and mental illness.

However, which condition comes first, the addiction or the mental illness? Even doctors struggle to know which condition comes first in many people. Some self-medicate depression, anxiety, or other mental conditions using drugs or alcohol. Others abuse substances like ecstasy, only to develop depression and anxiety because of their drug use.

Addiction and mental conditions of comorbidity share risk factors. Scientists report that both conditions have the same genetic markers. This means if you risk suffering one condition, you also likely have a risk for the other.

In reality, it does not matter which condition comes first. Both exist, so you need to focus on treating both to avoid relapse. Furthermore, you also need to learn signs and symptoms of your conditions, so you know when to seek follow-up care. Only through treatment providing this self-awareness and coping skills will you gain strong recovery.
For example, mental conditions commonly occurring with addiction include:

  • Depression
  • Personality disorders
  • Anxiety disorders
  • Phobias
  • Panic disorders
  • Bipolar disorder

Treatment for Both of Your Conditions

In the past, you gained treatment only for addiction or only for mental illness. As a result, doctors spent a great deal of time trying to figure out which condition came first. The primary condition gained treatment, assuming the other may go away on its own.

However, mental illness makes people in addiction recovery struggle with abstinence. They find themselves stuck in the loop of the two conditions. Now doctors know the two conditions must gain treatment at the same time. This closes the loop and allows you to enjoy healthy sobriety for as long as you stay aware of your wellness.

Dual Diagnosis Treatment in Hazleton, PA

Near Hazelton and Scranton, PA, Silver Pines Treatment Center provides rehab for co-occurring conditions of mental illness and addiction. At Silver Pines Treatment Center you gain recovery from depression, anxiety, phobias, and other mental conditions while developing relapse prevention skills for your addiction.
Addiction treatment programs of Silver Pines Treatment Center include:

At Silver Pines Treatment Center, your rehab takes place in a wooded, secluded setting. The residences feature a cozy, home-like atmosphere, so you feel comfortable and supported while undergoing treatment.

If you or someone you love suffers comorbidity in addiction, call Silver Pines Treatment Center now at 267.719.8689. The cycle you find yourself stuck within can end with the right help.

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