Understanding Co-Occurring Disorders (COD Lesson)

The field of chemical dependency treatment is rapidly changing. With each passing year we have a greater understanding of how mental health issues affect substance abuse disorders. Additionally, substance abuse problems impact, launch, or exacerbate mental health problems. Many treatment programs are responding to the multifaceted interaction of substance use and mental health problems. This lesson presents information imperative to understanding the complexity of co-occurring disorders and examines three very different approaches to treatment. Learn the strategies effective treatment programs have in common and explore some fundamental therapeutic interventions. Good resources are necessary for good treatment.

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Treatment for Co-Occurring Disorders

In today’s episode co-hosts Tim Bode and Gaylen Morse are talking with Dr. Hal Baumchen about treatment of co-occurring mental health and substance use disorders. Treatment is designed to reduce…

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Understanding Co-Occurring Disorders

The field of chemical dependency treatment is rapidly changing. Join co-hosts Tim Bode and Gaylen Morse as they talk with Dr. Hal Baumchen to better understand co-occurring disorders. As knowledge…

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Library Catalog Categories Anxiety Depression Mental Health Co-Occurring Disorders Substance Use Anger Management Relapse Prevention Alcohol Abuse Co-Dependent

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substance Abuse Worksheets & Mental Health Resources Successful recovery must tackle substance use and emotional issues at the same time. Treatment of co-occurring disorders is designed for two primary reasons:…

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Understanding Relapse Complexities Part 1

There are internal and external variables that make seeking treatment for substance use disorders difficult. Some internal or personal factors might include lifestyle choices, will power, motivation levels, and personality…

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Feeling Complacent

When Symptoms Return  Treatment for co-occurring disorders focuses on substance use and mental health issues. Relapse can mean a return of mental health symptoms or a return to using substances…

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Successful Recovery Requires Honesty

The Beast  Substance use and mental health issues often combine into a rapidly intensifying and destructive disorder. The illness is mean-spirited, intense, and appears intent on first capturing its victims…

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Designing Successful Recovery

I am involved in several intensive outpatient programs (IOP) that provide treatment and support for those with serious or critical mental health and substance abuse issues. These programs help our…

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Affirmations From The One Who Won’t Give Them

Looking for Approval  Everyone needs encouragement and affirmation. Many people with co-occurring disorders desperately need encouragement on their recovery journey. For the downcast and dejected person, hearing something positive can…

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Psychiatric Access is Important

Psychiatric Access is Important  Medications for co-occurring substance use and mental health disorders often provide substantial symptom relief and can be an effective part of treatment. Especially in the beginning…

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