Co-Occurring Disorders

Co-Occurring Disorders

People who struggle with substance use disorders as well as mental health disorders are diagnosed as having co-occurring disorders. This is also sometimes called a dual diagnosis or having dual disorders. At the Banyan Mental Health Program in Boca Raton, we use unique programs and therapies to effectively treat all co-occurring disorders so that a happy and healthy life is possible in recovery. Treating both a mental health disorder and addiction is possible with the help from professionals who have the right resources and care at a treatment facility.

What are Co-Occurring Disorders?

Substance use disorder (SUD), also known as drug use disorder, is a condition in which the use of one or more substances leads to a clinically significant impairment or distress. Substance Use Disorders can interfere with functioning at work, at school, and in personal relationships. It is also diagnosed when substance use creates or worsens a medical condition. This disorder can completely take over your life and lead you down the wrong path.

A co-occurring disorder can be hard to diagnose because the symptoms of a mental health disorder and addiction can be very similar and overlap. If you are unsure if a co-occurring disorder is present there are signs that you can look out for. Professional treatment from a mental health treatment center like our mental health program in Boca Raton may be necessary for recovery and healthy change. Symptoms of a co-occurring disorder include:

  • The mental health symptoms seem to worsen even after you are receiving mental health treatment
  • If you are unable to fulfill your daily responsibilities such as work and school due to your addiction or mental health issue, you may be experiencing a co-occurring disorder
  • If you are neglecting your healthy relationships and lacking effective communication because you are pre-occupied with drug use or mental health struggles, you may need treatment to recover.


Everyone has a different path and story and an addiction can come after someone has struggled with mental health issues or vice versa. Some people actively seek out drugs or alcohol during difficult times and use drugs as a way to mask the symptoms from a mental health disorder. Ultimately, this can lead to a serious issue and proper treatment will be needed to overcome a co-occurring disorder.

At Banyan Mental Health, we give our patients the tools needed to effectively manage their mental health disorder symptoms while not abusing drugs and alcohol. The symptoms of a mental health disorder can worsen if addiction is present and individualized care is the best option for treating both diseases. The team at Banyan Mental Health uses a variety of treatment methods such as cognitive behavioral therapy, group therapy, and motivational interviewing to effectively treat all co-occurring disorders and our therapists and clinicians guide our patients through recovery every step of the way.

For more information on how our mental health program in Boca Raton can effectively treat a co-occurring disorder, contact Banyan Mental Health today. We are here to help you truly recover and live a healthy life.