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If you suffer from a drug or alcohol addiction and find that your mental health has also declined, you may require co-occurring disorder (dual diagnosis) treatment.

For many individuals like yourself, the reality that a co-occurring disorder is impairing your life can be somewhat devastating.  Addictions alone have grave consequences.  Combined with a mental health disorder such as anxiety or depression, addictions can be life-threatening.

However, at Nova Recovery, we provide co-occurring disorder (dual diagnosis) treatment to those in need. Our private rehab centre is well placed with leading psychiatrists and mental health nursing staff to ensure that each individual case is diagnosed and treated properly.

If you have reason to believe that you are a victim of both an addiction and mental health disorder, please contact us as soon as possible to discuss how we can support you as you look to simultaneously overcome your addiction and seek treatment for your mental health disorder.

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What Is a Co-Occurring Disorder and How Do They Arise?

A co-occurring disorder, otherwise known as a dual diagnosis, is a disorder that sees an individual struggling with a drug or alcohol addiction and a mental health disorder at the same time.

Sadly, co-occurring disorders are somewhat common.  Individuals that develop unhealthy relationships with substances such as drugs and alcohol are at risk of developing a mental health disorder during the height of their addiction due to the side effects that come hand-in-hand with substance abuse.

It is also possible for an addiction to arise as a result of a mental health disorder.  Some individuals who turn to drugs or alcohol will do so to alleviate any pessimistic thoughts or feelings that are often experienced when depression, anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder or burnout are present in their lives.

What Co-Occurring Disorder (Dual Diagnosis) Treatment Is Available?

As the number of individuals silently struggling with a co-occurring disorder continues to soar, the need for co-occurring disorder (dual diagnosis) treatment is vital.  However, the number of people securing treatment continues to decrease.

From medically induced detoxifications to therapy and aftercare support, we provide industry-leading treatment to individuals struggling with co-occurring disorders here at Nova Recovery addiction rehab.

Below, we have outlined the various treatments that we can provide for co-occurring disorders.

  • Medically induced detoxification
  • Rehabilitation and therapy for addictions
  • Psychological, well-being and holistic therapy for mental health disorders
  • Aftercare support


How Is Co-Occurring Disorder (Dual Diagnosis) Treatment Administered?

As you enter our residential rehab, the first stage of your treatment will consist of a medically induced detoxification.  When an addiction and mental health disorder occur at the same time, it is vital that detoxification is completed first.

This is because detoxification will enable you to withdraw from the substance you have become addicted to, which in turn encourages your body and brain to begin to recover from the physical and psychological repercussions of an addiction.

Upon completing a detoxification programme, which usually lasts for seven days, rehabilitation will commence.  When considering co-occurring disorders, rehabilitation will help you overcome the psychological ramifications of your addiction and your mental health disorder.

The treatment typically provided during rehabilitation includes psychological therapy, such as Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, and well-being therapies, such as art therapy.

Psychological therapies are essential when it comes to addictions, as it ensures that triggers are recognised, managed and overcome.  In contrast, well-being therapies provide an additional outlet to those that find it difficult to verbally communicate how their mental health disorder has caused them to feel.

At Nova Recovery, we have also found that well-being therapies are exceptionally helpful as they can be utilised well beyond rehabilitation.  Many individuals that participate in well-being therapies find that they can continue to take advantage of the benefits provided during their long-term recovery to help them mitigate the risk of relapse.

It should be noted that therapy is conducted in both one-to-one and group environments.  While many people find the thought of attending group therapy to be daunting, group therapy will enable you to meet other individuals who are also progressing through treatment for a co-occurring disorder.  They will know exactly how you feel, and, as a result, you will find that group therapy offers you additional support.

Following detoxification and rehabilitation, relapse prevention and aftercare support are provided.  We typically offer 12-months of free aftercare support that will encourage you to attend weekly group therapy sessions.

These sessions are attended by many individuals who have sought co-occurring disorder (dual diagnosis) treatment at our rehab.  Led by experienced counsellors, the sessions strive to provide you with an additional outlet to discuss your recovery, any obstacles you have faced, and how you have overcome them.

Although you may not believe that you require aftercare support, it is imperative that you take advantage of this.  Sadly, when aftercare support is not sought, the risk of relapse is significant.

How Long Does Co-Occurring Disorder (Dual Diagnosis) Treatment Last For?

Ascertaining how long it will take you to complete co-occurring disorder (dual diagnosis) treatment is tricky.  This is because the severity of your addiction and mental health disorder will essentially determine how you respond to treatment and how well you make headway.

Throughout your time in our rehab, we will continue to monitor your progress, and we will approach you when we believe that you are ready to leave rehab.

Although we cannot give you an exact time frame, it should be noted that many individuals that find themselves struggling with a co-occurring disorder usually spend between one and three months in our rehab.

Please remember that your recovery cannot be rushed.  Recovering from a co-occurring disorder is a life-long progress, and you must be fully committed to this if you are to complete co-occurring disorder (dual diagnosis) treatment successfully.

Contact Nova Recovery Today

If you would like to find out more about our co-occurring disorder (dual diagnosis) treatment, please contact us.

Likewise, if you would like to refer yourself for treatment, you can do so by calling 01475 303998.

Our admissions team will provide you with the information you need and will be on hand to ensure that you can commence treatment as soon as possible.

John Gillen - Author - Last updated: June 22, 2023

John has travelled extensively around the world, culminating in 19 years’ experience looking at different models. He is the European pioneer of NAD+ (Nicotinamide Adenine Dinucleotide) treatment to Europe in 2010; and recently back from the USA bringing state of the art Virtual Reality Relapse Prevention and stress reduction therapy. His passion extends to other metabolic disturbances and neurodegenerative diseases. The journey continues. In recent times, John has travelled to Russia to study and research into a new therapy photobiomudulation or systemic laser therapy working with NAD+ scientists and the very best of the medical professionals in the UK and the USA, together with Nadcell, Bionad Hospitals own select Doctors, nurses, dieticians and therapists. Johns’ passion continues to endeavour to bring to the UK and Europe new developments with NAD+ Therapy in preventive and restorative medicine and Wellness. In 2017 John Gillen was made a visiting Professor at the John Naisbitt university in Belgrade Serbia.