Co-Occurring Disorder in New Jersey


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Co-occurring disorders, or dual diagnoses, is a term used to describe conditions in which two or more conditions are simultaneously present in one person. A common combination of a co-occurring disorder is the presence of both a substance use disorder and a mental health disorder in an individual. More specifically, combinations can be alcohol or drug addiction co-occurring with conditions such as depression, anxiety disorders, bipolar disorder, or personality disorders. Co-occurring disorders are common and can have a significant impact on an individual's well-being, functioning, and overall quality of life. The relationship between substance use disorders and mental health disorders is complex. 

How to Treat Co-occurring Disorder


Co-occurring disorders present unique challenges in diagnosis and treatment, as symptoms of substance use and mental health disorders can overlap or mask each other. Effective treatment for co-occurring disorders typically involves an integrated approach that addresses both substance use and mental health disorders simultaneously. This may include medication management, psychotherapy, support groups, behavioral interventions, and psychosocial supports tailored to the individual's unique needs and circumstances. Another form of treatment is taking a holistic approach. Holistic care for co-occurring disorders encompasses a range of services and supports aimed at promoting recovery and wellness across multiple domains of functioning, including physical health, emotional well-being, and social relationships.

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Recognizing Co-occurring Disorder

Co-occurring disorders are relatively common, with research indicating that a significant proportion of individuals with substance use disorders also have co-occurring mental health disorders. 

The most common mental disorders are:

  • Anxiety and mood disorders
  • Schizophrenia
  • Bipolar disorder
  • Major depressive disorder
  • Conduct disorders
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder
  • Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder

Patients being treated for mental disorders often misuse the following types of substances:

  • Alcohol
  • Tobacco
  • Opioids
  • Stimulants
  • Marijuana
  • Hallucinogens
  • Prescription drugs

Overall, co-occurring disorders represent a complex and multifaceted clinical challenge that requires comprehensive assessment, integrated treatment approaches, and ongoing support to help individuals achieve and maintain recovery from both substance use and mental health disorders.