3 Common Co-Occurring Substance Use & Mental Health Disorders

Substance Use & Mental Health

Many people who suffer from substance use disorder have a co-occurring mental health disorder such as anxiety / depression, or PTSD. Often, these co-occurring disorders feed one another. It’s important to identify these disorders when present so that you can create an effective treatment plan. In this article, we are going to talk about a few common co-occurring mental health and substance use disorders.

Substance Use Disorder & PTSD

Substance use disorder and PTSD (Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder) are commonly linked. Many people with PTSD develop substance use issues. When most people think of PTSD, they picture a military veteran returning from combat. It’s true that PTSD is common in the military (and a serious issue that needs to be better addressed), but PTSD can also impact non-military civilians. A traumatic event such as a car accident or the death of a loved one can lead to PTSD.

Substance Use Disorder & Anxiety / Depression

Anxiety and depression often go hand-in-hand with substance use disorder. The two can lead to a vicious cycle, where the individual feels so depressed that they use, and then become even more depressed as a result of the substance use. It’s important that individuals get treatment for both the substance use and any underlying anxiety or depression. The most important thing to remember with co-occurring substance use and mental health disorders is that there are treatment options available that can help!

Contact Clarity Family Consulting

At Clarity Family Consulting, we work with individuals dealing with substance abuse (as well as their families). Our goal is to help our clients achieve long-term success with their sobriety. We offer a wide range of services, including: clinical intervention, case management, sober companions, and therapeutic transport.  Contact us today to learn more about the services we provide at Clarity Family Consulting and how we can help you or your loved one through this difficult time.