Addiction is not an easy battle to fight. For some, it seems nearly impossible to recover. Unfortunately, they might be right; there could be a deeper reason for that struggle. There’s a chance someone could be dealing with co-occurring disorders and not even know it. Not many people are familiar with it to begin with. So what are co-occurring disorders?


Co-occurring disorders are when people struggle with both addiction and mental illness at the same time. Examples of this could be depression and cocaine addiction, PTSD and heroin addiction, or panic disorder and alcohol abuse. It’s more likely for someone with a mental health disorder to experience substance or alcohol abuse than someone without a mental illness. The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) says 50 percent of individuals with severe mental health disorders are affected by substance abuse. On top of that, according to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Service Administration’s (SAMHSA) 2014 National Survey on drug use and health, about 7.9 million adults in the United States had co-occurring disorders in that year. While many people have it, not many of them know they do. Co-occurring disorders can be difficult to diagnose because of the complexity of symptoms that vary in severity.



This can explain why it’s more challenging for some to recover from addiction. If a person receives treatment for substance or alcohol abuse, the other disorder still remains. Often times, it’s the remaining disorder that reinforces the addiction. If both co-occurring disorders are undiagnosed, untreated, or undertreated, it can increase the odds of homelessness, incarceration, medical illnesses, suicide, and possibly early death.


This is why integrated treatment is highly recommended. This approach allows practitioners to address substance use and mental illness at the same time. Aside from being more cost effective, patients experience a deeper level of awareness, achieving better long term outcomes. People are able to find hope, develop skills/knowledge, and get the support they need to heal and pursue meaningful life goals.



  • People think about the role that alcohol and other drugs play in their life. These discussion are confidential, nonjudgmental, and not tied to legal consequences.

  • Give people a chance to learn more about how drugs and alcohol affects them.

  • Support people with developing skills and providing employment and other services that may help the recovery process.

  • People establish recovery goals. A professional trained in integrated treatment can help can help someone identify and establish goals to keep them focused and motivated through the recovery process.

  • Provide people with counseling and beneficial therapies for co-occurring disorders.


If you or a loved one struggles with addiction and has a feeling there be co-occurring disorders, please contact Crownview Co-Occurring Institute to get in touch with a medical professional who can help. An assessment is required to determine if co-occurring treatments is right for a patient. After initial evaluation and admission, our four-phase treatment model guides the client step-by-step from acclimation and stabilization to development of re-integration skills and, lastly, readiness for independent living. We offer three levels of care: a Day Program (PHP), and Intensive Outpatient (IOP) or Outpatient (OP) Programs. With these three levels of care, coupled with the 24-hour supportive housing provided by Solutions in Recovery, CCI is able to offer a seamless and all-inclusive wrap-around program for psychiatric treatment.




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