Comorbid and Co-occurring Disorders Associated with Addiction

A co-occurring disorder is any mental illness that occurs at the same time as a substance use disorder. A comorbid disorder can refer to a chronic physical or neurological condition that is also present at the time of addiction. The fact remains that one can not ignore these disorders that at times underlie the most foundational causes of addiction. This is a key component to Olympia’s addiction treatment philosophy and in the addiction treatment services we offer.

Depression

Of course, everyone has days that are rough, but only 10% of the US population meets the diagnostic criteria for clinical depression. Major Depressive Disorder or MDD is a serious mental disability that is often central to drug addiction or alcohol abuse. Olympia house contracts with world-class physicians and can work with your own physician in the treatment of your depression. We employ outstanding clinic psychologists to address depression as a co-occurring condition during residential or intensive outpatient treatment.

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Anxiety

More Americans have anxiety conditions than any other type of disorder. The process of developing and living with an anxiety condition can lead to drug or alcohol abuse for some individuals. Anxiety can be accompanied by panic attacks or can be brought on by trauma. Chemical dependency in relations to anti-anxiety drugs including prescription benzodiazepines like Xanax is an unforeseen consequence of treating anxiety conditions. This is an aspect of anxiety and addiction that we take into account during the unique and compassionate substance abuse treatment program at Olympia House.

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Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) may develop for some individuals after one has lived through traumatic experience including atrocities, violence, or sexual assault. For these individuals, flashbacks and fragmented memories can emerge with seeming spontaneity making living a normal life nearly impossible. Drugs and alcohol use can serve as a coping mechanism which may suppress these memories and flashbacks. Our evidence-based and caring addiction treatment at Olympia House is provided in a peaceful and therapeutic setting in beautiful Sonoma County, California. We have found that our program provides a healing context to those who have co-occurring PTSD and substance use disorders.

Bipolar Disorder

Bipolar disorder is characterized by behavioral patterns that can alternate between mania and episodes of depression. The condition, like addiction, poses a significant risk to one’s emotional and physical safety. The sudden swings can be extraordinarily difficult for many of those with bipolar disorder to find the help that they need, which is often times made even more difficult by substance abuse. Often times friends and family members do not have the tools they need to help their loved one. If you or a family member are suffering from a substance use disorder and have also been diagnosed with Bipolar disorder, Olympia stands ready to help. Our addiction treatment programs are built to address co-occurring disorders, like bipolar in the context of addiction. We are here for you!

Eating Disorders

In today’s world, body image is seemingly present at every corner. Believing that one’s body is imperfect can lead to problems with self-confidence and can at times promote self-harm. Those with eating disorders can turn to drugs and alcohol to suppress these feelings and can serve as a damaging substitute for nutritional intake. Everyone is different, and everyone is beautiful. This is the sentiment we bring to our clients and residents who have co-occurring substance use and eating disorders. We work every day to celebrate diversity at Olympia House. It is our honor to be able to help you or a loved one overcome these conditions.

Chronic Pain

Chronic pain occurs when the human nervous system fires repeatedly sending pain signals to the brain. Chronic pain can come from bodily injury or from other chronic physical or psychological conditions. Opioids like OxyContin, Vicodin, or Fentanyl are prescribed to treat chronic pain, but can oftentimes lead to unintended consequences including chemical dependency. These drugs can lead to exacerbations of pain when prescribed for long periods of time without a viable strategy. At Olympia house, we coordinate with your physician or our world-class consulting physicians to help you feel comfortable during substance abuse treatment. We utilize evidence-based strategies including Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT) during detox and to promote lasting recoveries.

HIV / AIDS

Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) is a virus that is transmitted through the fluids of the body which can occur through needle sharing or through sexual intercourse with an infected person. HIV/AIDS is a treatable condition and much progress has been made over the last three decades in understanding the science that underlies the condition. Having the condition can cause much anxiety. Often its cause is related to intravenous drug use. Our trained therapists and professionals understand the delicate relationship one’s status has with substance use disorder. We stand ready to assist you or a loved one who experiences comorbid HIV and addiction.

Cancer

Nearly every cell in our body must at some point divide, which is how we grow, develop and how we are able to heal from injury. Sometimes this process can become dysfunctional and cells can begin to divide out of control. This fast-paced cell growth is what constitutes cancer. Addiction and substance use disorder can in some instances increase the likelihood of cancer. The experience of undergoing cancer treatment can lead to chemical dependency as the treatment of anxiety conditions and cancer pain may involve the use of dependency forming prescription opioids or benzodiazepines. There are delicate and complex factors associated with co-morbid cancer treatment and addiction treatment. At Olympia House, our program is designed for all individuals and the specific needs that a cancer diagnosis may present.

Other Chronic Health Conditions

There are many other chronic health conditions including those whose basis lies within inflammatory processes of the body. These conditions include arthritis, Crohn’s disease, or infectious diseases like Lyme disease. Having a chronic medical condition can be deeply intertwined with one’s substance use disorder and when approaching treatment, coordination among health professionals and evidence-based addiction therapies are essential. Everyone responds differently to the development of a chronic health condition. At times, the way one can reconcile this diagnosis and use this information to regain their health can deeply impact their success in our addiction treatment program in a positive way. We provide a comforting treatment environment for those suffering from comorbid health conditions and substance use disorder.

Addiction Treatment and Comorbid and Co-occurring Disorders at Olympia House

For residential treatment or outpatient treatment at Olympia, clients can choose a variety of options. It is possible to participate in counseling, group therapy, family therapy, and other peer support groups. With these approaches, we have integrated a compassionate and solid understanding of the conditions that you face while also battling a substance use disorder. We are pleased to offer our services to multiple Bay Area and Northern California locations, and we are happy to assist you or a loved one in getting to Olympia House.

We are here to support you or your family, even when hope may seem lost. We know how overwhelming it is to experience addiction, let alone also battle one or more other health concerns. Please contact us if you or a loved one is suffering: (888) 795-1965.