Co-occurring Disorders

Alcohol and substance use disorders may be the result of an underlying mental health condition that have not been diagnosed or treated. It is not uncommon for other recovery methods to be ineffective when co-occurring disorders have not been identified.

The emotional strain that appears as a result of certain mental health conditions can lead you to self-medicate with alcohol or drugs. While some may view excessive drinking or drug use as the primary problem, it is important to be evaluated by a mental health practitioner who is also trained in treating alcohol and substance use disorders. The experienced professional can determine if the primary problem is an untreated mental health issue that needs attention at the same time you are receiving substance use treatment. By addressing co-occurring disorders, you can better understand your addictive behaviors and find the most appropriate ways to treat them.

A few of the more common mental health issues that result in alcohol or drug use include:

  • Adjustment disorders
  • Anxiety disorders
  • Bipolar disorder
  • Chronic pain
  • Depressive disorders
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
  • Sleep disturbances

Addressing mental health needs is often the precursor to restoring hope that lasting sobriety is possible. I am a supportive therapist, experienced in the treatment of substance use and co-occurring mental health disorders. I am here to listen, to explore, and to help you understand and destigmatize substance use and mental health issues. Your feelings matter and I am here to help.

If you are interested, please contact me and together we can begin the journey towards healing.
(805) 849-7828

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