By itself, a mental health disorder can be difficult for women to overcome. However, having a co-occurring substance use disorder can complicate life even further. Because co-occurring disorders often exacerbate each other, it is important to find a program that specializes in treating both simultaneously. A dual diagnosis treatment center like The Willows at Red Oak Recovery® can help women recover and live a complete and full life.

Does One Issue Cause the Other?Therapist leading woman through dual diagnosis treatment

At first, it may not be obvious that someone is dealing with two issues. It is also not always clear which came first: the mental health issue or the substance abuse. Sometimes, women try to self-medicate their issues with drugs or alcohol. The common issues that spark this behavior include:

In other cases, women may develop these mental health issues as a result of their substance abuse. No matter which issue came first, dual diagnosis treatment must start by acknowledging that both issues exist. By understanding how one problem impacts the other, women with co-occurring disorders are able to receive the effective treatment they need in order to lead healthier lives.

The Need to Address Both Issues at the Same Time

By only treating one issue, the other does not go away, and it may increase the likelihood of relapse if their mental health issues persist. Likewise, if women only receive treatment for their anxiety or trauma-related problems, they may choose to return to using substances that could negatively impact their lives.

During dual diagnosis treatment at The Willows at Red Oak Recovery®, our dually licensed, Master’s level substance abuse and mental health clinicians assess for these conditions in order to formulate a comprehensive treatment plan. Careful and collaborative planning ensures that women are best set up for success.

Treating the Whole Person

At The Willows at Red Oak Recovery®, our experienced staff understands the need for personalized treatment that encompasses whole-body health. We work to heal all areas, including your mental, spiritual, physical, and emotional components. In addition, dual diagnosis treatment and other evidence-based behavioral and addiction treatment programs, we also emphasize the importance of nutritional wellness, exercise, and holistic healing.

If you or someone you know is struggling to cope with co-occurring disorders, you do not have to suffer alone. Contact The Willows at Red Oak Recovery® today at (855) 773-0614.