Women’s Co-Occuring Disorders

WomensCo-occuringWomen 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 women 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 disorder also have other psychological problems, and clinical experience suggests this percentage may be much higher. Women are more than 1.5 times as likely to be dealing with co-occurring disorders than men. When measured against multiple baseline indicators, patients with co-occurring disorders enter treatment with greater levels of impairment.

Because of the frequency of co-occurring disorders, the Rose of Lakeview uses a multidisciplinary approach that helps address our patients’ mental health, substance use, and physical health. This integrated treatment is imperative to an individual’s recovery.

Co-Occurring Disorders at The Rose of Lakeview

The treatment team at our women-only program comprises psychological counselors and a medical staff that are trained to diagnose and treat co-occurring disorders that accompany drug and alcohol addiction. Because we have our own on-site detox, women are under the care of both medical and clinical health providers from the moment they enter our facility. This comprehensive care contributes to recovery and to the overall health of each 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 her drug of choice. Because our integrated medical and clinical teams work together throughout each patient’s treatment, the chances of identifying co-occurring problems are greatly increased.

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