Men’s Co-Occurring Disorders
Men choose to come to Lakeview because they are suffering from drug or alcohol dependence. But many of them are also dealing with other psychological and medical problems. Depression and anxiety disorders are common among individuals who struggle with addiction, and many are coping with multiple physical health issues as well. Such problems are known as co-occurring disorders.
Co-occurring disorders are the norm, not the exception. Studies show that at least half the people suffering from substance use also have other psychological problems, and clinical experience suggests this percentage may be much higher. When measured against multiple baseline indicators, patients with co-occurring disorders enter treatment with greater levels of impairment.
Despite the frequency of co-occurring disorders, many treatment centers do not have a staff with expertise in all three areas of mental health, substance abuse, and physical medicine. Such integrated treatment is crucial to men’s drug and alcohol recovery.
Co-Occurring Disorders at The Star of Lakeview
The treatment team at our men’s program, the Star of Lakeview, comprises psychological counselors and a medical staff that are trained to diagnose and treat co-occurring disorders that accompany addiction. Because we have our own on-site detox facility, patients are under the care of both medical and clinical health providers from the moment they enter our facility. This integrated care contributes to recovery and to the overall health of the patient.
Diagnosing co-occurring disorders takes knowledge and experience. In the early stages of detox, doctors must determine whether problems like anxiety or depression are pre-existing conditions separate from substance abuse or are symptoms caused by drug and alcohol use. Some co-occurring disorders can be recognized immediately, while others can only be diagnosed once the patient has completed detox and is free of his drug of choice. Because our integrated medical and clinical teams work together throughout a patient’s treatment, the chances of identifying co-occurring problems are greatly increased.