Co-Occurring 2017-11-01T23:23:46+00:00

Co-Occurring Disorders

Co-Occurring Disorders are Treated at Denver Women’s Recovery in Colorado

Co-occurring disorders usually accompany addictions in women, and at Denver Women’s Recovery, women are able to get the help they need to recover from them.

For women with addictions, it is rarely the case when the addiction is the only item that needs to be addressed in their treatment plans. Usually, there are much deeper issues at hand, which is why it’s so important to be able to offer them treatment for these problems. At Denver Women’s Recovery, our staff is highly trained in many co-occurring disorders, which can occur alongside the addiction, or as a result of abstaining from it. Either way, it’s critical for these women to be able to obtain the help they need when they need it.

What are Co-Occurring Disorders?

The term co-occurring disorders refer to any diagnosis that occurs alongside a drug or alcohol addiction. It is very typical for most patients with addictions to have co-occurring disorders. These conditions may be what led to the addiction, or they could be a result of abstaining from the addiction. Every woman is different, as far as what her experience is with them.

Even though these addictions might seem to be much more mild and less harmful than drug or alcohol addictions, this is not necessarily the case at all. In fact, research has shown that time and time again, process addictions share many of the same characteristics as substance addictions. They can be just as detrimental to one’s health and wellbeing in many cases.

It’s possible that this is the first time you have ever heard the term co-occurring disorder, and even if you have been through substance abuse treatment before, it’s possible that this is still a new idea to you. You might even be wondering how you would know whether or not you have a co-occurring disorder.

There are several different types of co-occurring disorders that we typically see here at Denver Women’s Recovery, and these include:

  • Eating disorders
  • Personality disorders
  • Mood disorders
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Obsessive-compulsive disorder
  • Bipolar disorder
  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

It’s also important to note that additional addictions can occur alongside drug and alcohol addictions, and these are also deemed to be co-occurring disorders. These addictions are known as process addictions, and they might include:

  • Gambling addictions
  • Sex addictions
  • Shopping addictions
  • Gaming addictions
  • Internet addictions

Signs of a Co-Occurring Disorder in Women

It’s not uncommon for women to get to this stage of their addiction treatment and not really know what co-occurring disorders are. You may be suffering from one without realizing it. This could also be the case if your co-occurring disorder has only developed since you stopped using.

If you have noticed any of the below behaviors in your own life, or if you’re finding that you just don’t feel like yourself unless you’re using, it’s possible that a co-occurring disorder is present for you.

In many cases, co-occurring disorders are the reasons behind addictions, which is why they must be discovered and treated the right way. Unless these root causes are dealt with appropriately, it is very likely that you will return to using again, even after a long period of sobriety or abstinence from substances. This is much more common that most people realize.

There are some signs you can look for within yourself to determine whether or not you might be suffering from a co-occurring disorder. The addiction signs include:

  • Feeling guilty or regretful about compulsive behaviors
  • Staying up late at night and sleeping during the day
  • Having a history of frequent relapses back into your addiction
  • Isolating yourself from the people you love
  • Finding it difficult to manage your daily responsibilities
  • Using drugs or alcohol as a way to cope with stress, anger, anxiety, etc.

When these addiction signs are combined with signs of a mental illness, the likelihood of a co-occurring disorder is good. Some of the signs of a mental illness include:

  • Having a firm belief that certain things are not true, which is otherwise known as having delusions
  • Experiencing hallucinations (auditory, visual or tactile)
  • Withdrawing from other people and refusing support and friendship
  • Experiencing worthlessness, despair and hopelessness for more than two weeks’ time
  • Relieving anxiety through the performing of rituals
  • Experiencing difficulties holding down a job
  • Having behavioral issues that affect work, school or relationships
  • Having frequent mood swings
  • Experiencing severe energy shifts
  • Relying on drugs or alcohol to manage even the most minute details of everyday life

Co-Occurring Disorder Treatment for Women in Denver, CO

At Denver Women’s Recovery, we understand how difficult it can be to cope when you have an addiction, and it’s even more difficult when you have a co-occurring disorder. You are undoubtedly looking for a way to get some relief from your symptoms, and although you have completed an inpatient treatment program, you’re in need of ongoing care to be sure you’re able to remain compliant, and to be sure you stay in recovery.

Our caring and qualified staff members have excessive experience in helping patients with co-occurring disorders, and we can offer you the type of treatment you need to aid in your recovery. Our goal is the same as yours – long-term healing and recovery for your addiction. You’ll find that you’ll feel right at home with us, in our beautiful facility, and you’ll quickly realize how helpful it is to be working with staff members who only have your best interests and recovery in mind.

Do you think you might need co-occurring disorder treatment in Denver, Colorado? If you do, we can help you. Please contact us to learn more about our services.

How are Women Diagnosed with Co-Occurring Disorders at Denver Women’s Recovery?

You may know that something just doesn’t feel right for you, but it’s important to get a proper diagnosis so that you can be sure what’s going on. A diagnosis for a co-occurring disorder can only be given by a trained professional, such as a therapist, a psychologist, a psychiatrist or a doctor. Getting the right diagnosis is so important because without it, you won’t be able to get the type of treatment that will benefit you the most.

Once you receive your diagnosis, your treatment team will put together a treatment plan that will address all of your specific needs. This allows for more targeted treatment, and it has been shown to produce higher than average success rates for patients in addiction treatment.

Co-Occurring Disorder Treatment for Women in Denver, CO

At Denver Women’s Recovery, we understand how difficult it can be to cope when you have an addiction, and it’s even more difficult when you have a co-occurring disorder. You are undoubtedly looking for a way to get some relief from your symptoms, and although you have completed an inpatient treatment program, you’re in need of ongoing care to be sure you’re able to remain compliant, and to be sure you stay in recovery.

Our caring and qualified staff members have excessive experience in helping patients with co-occurring disorders, and we can offer you the type of treatment you need to aid in your recovery. Our goal is the same as yours – long-term healing and recovery for your addiction. You’ll find that you’ll feel right at home with us, in our beautiful facility, and you’ll quickly realize how helpful it is to be working with staff members who only have your best interests and recovery in mind.

Do you think you might need co-occurring disorder treatment in Denver, Colorado? If you do, we can help you. Please contact us to learn more about our services.