Treating Co-Occurring Disorders
Co-Occurring Disorders are conditions that happen at the same time as other conditions. For example, you may be suffering from depression. However, at the same time you are also suffering from alcoholism. These issues are occurring at the same time and have likely woven themselves together to the point of not knowing where one stops and the other starts.
Often we will ask, which came first? Was I depressed and as a result began to use alcohol to deal with that depression? Or did the drinking of alcohol trigger my depression? It may also be fun to ponder whether if the chicken or egg came first. Meanwhile, back at Peer Wellness we would proceed with the idea that you likely suffered from a mental illness or difficult life circumstance first, then drugs, alcohol, maladaptive patterns, etc. acted as temporary solutions to this problem. So much so, that the alcohol/drugs/maladaptive patterns/etc. became its own serious problem. This is a co-occurring disorder.
Other examples of co-occurring disorders are having anxiety and depression at the same time. Or having an Eating Disorder as well as an Obsessive Compulsive Disorder.