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What are co-occurring disorders?

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Asked: 2018-05-07 20:25:02
My husband has been kicked out of rehab. They said they are not equipped to handle an addict who has co-occurring disorders and he needs to find a rehab that does work with them. What does that mean?


Answered: 2018-05-07 22:55:13

A co-occurring disorder is when addiction is not the only issue that needs to be addressed with an addict. Your husband also has a mental illness of some type that has nothing to do with the addiction. Well, it might play into how the addiction happened, but it will remain even if your husband is sober. Some common co-occurring disorders are addiction plus: bipolar, anxiety, depression and PTSD. A rehab that addresses both the mental illness and addiction at the same time will give him the most support.


Answered: 2018-05-08 04:05:11

When mental illness, meets addiction, you have co-occurring disorders. It sounds like your husband has something going on in addition to addiction. Rehabs that work with co-occurring disorders provide help for the mental illness as well as recovery from addiction. If the mental disorder is not treated, his chances of relapse become much greater. I am glad the rehab he was in recognized that he needed more help. I just wish they would have moved in to a different rehab, not just kicked him out. He can get back on track by entering another rehab, but one that will help with both problems.

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