Co-occurring Conditions May Require New Solutions

By Staff Writer

Addictions rarely occur in a vacuum. Many individuals who struggle with chemical dependency also have some type of mental disorder. These co-occurring conditions are often difficult to overcome, and may require special treatment from addiction treatment centers.

In an effort to find ways to make this type of treatment more accessible to those who need it most, an advocacy group in the Midwest recently held a conference to try to find solutions to the problem, according to the Eau Claire Leader-Telegram.

Officials with the Community Advocates Public Policy Institute told the news source that co-occurring conditions are a tremendous problem, and the types of substance abuse treatment that are typically offered publicly are insufficient. They said that suicides and other drug and alcohol related deaths would be reduced if treatment was more accessible.

Clinical studies have shown that more than 50 percent of the individuals who seek substance abuse treatment and mental health counseling have co-occurring conditions, according to researchers from Indiana University. Addiction is most prevalent among individuals who suffer from schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, and antisocial personality.