Generalized Anxiety Disorder, Obsessive-compulsive Disorder, panic disorder and social phobia (all forms of anxiety disorders recognized by the National Institutes of Mental Health), can reinforce or be reinforced by substance abuse. Motivations or factors that explain why some people struggling with anxiety turn to substances include an escape or how illicit substances bring a feeling of normalcy (self-medication). For still others, anxiety causes impulsivity that makes the anxious person more likely to abuse substances.
SAMHSA (the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration) statistics say that about 8.9 million adults have what’s called a dual diagnosis or a “co-occurring disorder,” which means they have both a mental health disorder and a substance use disorder. A mere 7.4 percent of people get treated for both conditions, and a whopping 55.8 percent get no treatment at all. Treating substance abuse without treating the co-occurring disorder can lead to higher rates of relapse.
Our Co-occurring program focuses on treating both trauma or PTSD and drug addiction through effective behavioral therapies and medications—aimed at long-term mental health and sobriety. We are one of the only drug rehab centers in South Florida with full-time licensed professionals formally trained to effectively treat individuals suffering from both a co-occurring disorder and substance use disorder.
We believe in an individualized approach provided by trained professionals who care. Whereas some rehabs have the idea of breaking clients down and building them back up again, we “meet them where they’re at.” We build on the strengths that the client already has and work to make them stronger and more resilient. We provide non-judgmental therapy. We don’t believe in guilt trips; we believe in the healing power of recovery and the client’s capacity to change.