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HOW CO-OCCURRING DISORDER TREATMENT AIDS IN ADDICTION RECOVERY

What are co-occurring disorders?

Oftentimes, mental illnesses and substance use disorders go hand in hand with additional medical needs. Fortunately, there is a solution for individuals who experience medical concerns while undergoing addiction treatment. Co-occurring disorder treatment addresses an individual’s substance use disorder, while simultaneously addressing medical concerns. (This differs from dual-diagnosis treatment, which focuses on mental health issues in addition to addiction care.) Also known as incidental medical services, co-occurring disorders provide medical care that may be unavailable during other forms of addiction treatment. 

When someone comes to see us address their substance abuse disorders, they might have other needs that require treatment, such as depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, or other mental health disorder. This is where co-occurring disorder treatment programs are essential.

Why We Need Substance Abuse Treatment that Addresses Mental Illness And Medical Needs

Health issues impact millions of people across the country. Sadly, many people go without adequate addiction treatment options that address their physical health alongside their addictive tendencies. Often, this has to do with the stigma that surrounds mental health issues. This stigma has limited the number of resources that are available to those in need. 

Now, this attitude is starting to change. People are more easily able to access the help they need for addiction, which includes both physical and mental health care.  In addition to taking care of substance abuse problems, it is essential that rehab programs manage their medical needs. This is where the incidental medical services from Enlight Treatment Center can be incredibly beneficial.

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WHAT SHOULD I EXPECT WHEN BEING TREATED FOR A CO-OCCURRING DISORDER?

How We Treat Co-Occurring Disorders

Incidental medical services are available to help those who have other medical issues that might arise due to or during the treatment of addiction. For example, some clients might have other chronic medical conditions, such as diabetes or high blood pressure, that need treatment along with substance abuse issues. 

Other medical problems often arise during detox, as individuals experience intense withdrawal symptoms. While some treatment centers focus exclusively on  treating substance abuse disorder, it is just as essential to address other medical issues. This is where incidental medical services, or co-occurring disorder treatment, play a vital role.

Why are Medical Services Important in Addiction Treatment?

The purpose of incidental medical services is to manage medical issues that might arise during addiction treatment. For example, when someone goes through withdrawal from alcohol, several medical problems might arise. First, people might suffer from changes in their heart rate and respiratory rate. They might also develop a fever. A medical specialist can help someone manage these symptoms as they go through the various stages of withdrawal. This can make the symptoms easier to bear.

Some drugs create severe withdrawal symptoms during detox. One of the most significant issues that might arise with withdrawal is seizures. Seizures occur when the brain neurons start to fire out of control, which can lead to uncontrolled shaking. The team from the co-occurring treatment team will know how to address these issues appropriately. This is one of the most important examples of how incidental medical services can augment drug abuse and addiction treatment.

WHY DO WE NEED INTEGRATED TREATMENT?

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The job of incidental medical services is to keep patients as safe and healthy as possible as they overcome addiction. Not everyone will need incidental medical services to manage the acute issues that are going to arise as a direct consequence of withdrawal. The team from incidental medical services can also help people adjust to a new place, manage their stress, and even treat pain that might arise.

It is important to remember that co-occurring treatment teams have extensive training in medicine. Therefore, everyone who works on the team at incidental medical services can provide a vital service in our treatment center. We are honored to have them working with us. We would be honored to share our resources and experience and help you recover from your addiction.

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Addiction Treatment for Mental Health Disorders in Ventura County, California

Enlight Treatment Center is a drug & alcohol addiction treatment center located in the scenic area of Moorpark, CA. We have worked hard to provide unique detox and inpatient treatment options for addiction. Furthermore, we also offer a state-of-the-art dual-diagnosis program that combines traditional treatment and modern therapies to help all of our clients not only get sober but stay sober as well.

 Our co-occurring disorder treatment is a critical part of who we are. If you are interested in learning more about our services and how we can help you or one of your loved ones, please contact us today.

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