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What is a Co-Occurring Disorder?

A co-occurring mental ailment is a psychological condition, in which, an individual suffers from addictive substance use and a mental disorder at the same time.

Addiction: A Closer Look

Individuals suffering from a mental health disorder are more likely to experience an alcohol or substance use disorder than those without mental health disorders. Diagnosing a co-occurring disorder is a challenging process on account of the fact that the symptoms vary in severity.



Often, people are treated for one disorder and not the other. This may occur for a number of reasons, namely:

  • biological, psychological, and social components both mental and substance disorders can have;
  • the provider has inadequate training or screening;
  • overlapping  symptoms;
  • the individual has other health issues that must be treated first.

We’re Here to Help.

The Integrated Dual Disorder Treatment (IDDT) model is an evidence-based practice which experience has shown to best serve individuals with co-occurring disorders because this model addresses both disorders at the same time.

It is important to keep in mind that when co-occurring disorders are detected early, treatment outcomes for those who need these services are greatly improved. The most significant benefit of the IDDT Model is that it allows us to address mental and substance use disorders at the same time, which lowers costs and creates positive outcomes.

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