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Concurrent Disorders

Concurrent Disorders

Fraser Valley Wellness Center provides concurrent disorders programs for dual disorders, dual diagnosis and co-occurring disorders treatment. Fraser Valley Wellness is a private, low cost, concurrent disorder and addiction therapy center in the Fraser Valley, located in the Greater Vancouver Lower Mainland. Due to the complexity of diagnosing multiple disorders, our addiction psychiatrist screens new patients for concurrent disorders.

An example of a concurrent disorder would be an individual with an anxiety disorder who drinks alcohol excessively to cope. In effect, the individual has two disorders. Although concurrent disorders are often related, both disorders may not be active at the same time. In most cases, concurrent disorders impact each other.

People dealing with mental health issues are much more likely to form a substance abuse disorder, and vice versa. More than half of those looking for help for substance abuse have some form of mental illness. Concurrent disorders are often misdiagnosed, as one disorder can mimic another. Each situation is different when coping with concurrent disorders.

Types of Concurrent Disorders

Concurrent disorders can start at any time in life. While someone who has always had mental health issues might form a concurrent substance abuse disorder, likewise someone with a substance abuse issue is also much more likely to develop a mental health disorder: There are 5 main types, or groups of concurrent disorders:

  • Substance abuse combined with mood and anxiety disorders (bipolar, obsessive-compulsive disorder)
  • Substance abuse combined with acute and persistent mental health disorders (schizophrenia or depression)
  • Substance abuse with personality disorders (antisocial personality disorder, paranoid personality disorder)
  • Substance abuse with eating disorders (anorexia nervosa or binge eating)
  • Substance abuse with other mental health disorders (gambling, PTSD)
Concurrent Causes & Risk Factors

Relapse for substance abuse is greater for people with a concurrent mental disorder, as is the probability of symptoms of mental illness returning when there is a concurrent substance abuse problem. Mental health and substance abuse causes and risk factors can create different concurrent combinations of disorders:

  • Substance abuse can cause mental health problems to worsen
  • Substance abuse can mimic or conceal the signs of mental health issues
  • People can use substance abuse to help ignore symptoms of mental health problems
  • Certain substances can diminish the effectiveness of mental health medications
  • Substances can cause people to forget to take their medications
  • A relapses of one problem, can cause a relapse of the other problem
  • A person with concurrent disorders will frequently have more significant medical, social and emotional issues than if they were suffering from only one condition
  • Treatment could be longer and likely more difficult
Treating Concurrent Disorders

When treating concurrent disorders it is most effective to deal with all the areas of the patient’s life that are affected. This type of integrated approach can reduce the chances of relapse. Both disorders must be addressed at the same time.

Treatment and recovery is different for each person. At Fraser Valley Wellness Center, personalized, custom treatment programs are developed for each individual for comprehensive care of concurrent disorders.

Give us a call and one of our professional facilitators can answer any questions or concerns you may have. You can also schedule a free, no obligation PHONE CONSULTATION on therapy for concurrent disorders.