The Most Common Co-Occurring Disorders According to Experts

Jul 30, 2023 | Rehab

Overcoming a drug or alcohol addiction can be challenging for anyone. And recovery from addiction becomes significantly more challenging when a mental health disorder is present. The proven way to treat them effectively is by addressing them together.

Co-occurring disorder or dual diagnosis is most common than people might think. And most of the time, substance use disorders develop because of unhealthy coping techniques to alleviate symptoms of mental health illness.

What Are the Most Common Co-Occurring Disorders

Co-occurring disorders are any mental health illness plus substance use disorder.

Here is the list of the most common addictive substance that coexists with mental health illnesses:

  • Alcohol
  • Cocaine
  • Prescription Medications
  • Benzodiazepines (Valium, Xanax)
  • Opioids (Vicodin, Oxycodone)
  • Heroin
  • Methamphetamine
  • Marijuana

Any of these substances can be used as a means of coping to manage the discomfort and signs of a mental health disorder.

Alcohol, for instance, can be used to temporarily relieve tension or despair. However, continuous use can make the body dependent on the substance, thus causing addiction.

Here are the mental health disorders that may coexist with substance use disorder, including:

  • Depression
  • Personality Disorders
  • Anxiety Disorders
  • Psychotic Disorders
  • Bipolar Disorders
  • Eating Disorders
  • ADHD or Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD)
  • Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
  • Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
  • Dissociative Disorders

These are just the most common ones, but the range of mental health disorders is very wide.

What Are the Signs of Dual Diagnosis?

It might be difficult to identify co-occurring disorder symptoms because they typically don’t manifest suddenly like an acute injury with a clear cause.

Addiction and mental illnesses, in most cases, require years to develop, thus symptoms often emerge gradually as the disease advance. Here are the signs to look for,

  • Noticeable changes in behavior or physical appearance
  • Dramatic mood swings
  • Feelings of sadness or hopelessness
  • Reckless or risky behavior
  • Changes in eating patterns
  • Weight gain or weight loss
  • Sleeping all the time or not sleeping at all
  • Mental confusion or erratic thoughts
  • Relationship problems
  • Isolating from friends and family members
  • Can’t keep a job or fail classes in school
  • High tolerance for alcohol or drugs
  • Using drugs or alcohol to cope with stressful events
  • Constantly thinking about the next drink or use of drugs
  • Thoughts of suicide

Are you or your loved ones showing these symptoms? Better consult an expert if they do.

Consult one of the experts from Taylor Recovery.

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