As if having one disorder is not hard enough, having several makes it even more difficult. There are some signs that indicate you are suffering from co-occurring disorders. If you recognize these signs, you have the opportunity to obtain dual diagnosis treatment to stop addictive behavior effectively. If you think that it’s time to seek treatment, contact Red Oak Recovery today at 828.382.9699.
Sudden Changes In Behavior
If you tend to change your behavior without warning, co-occurring disorders could very well be the reason. Often people who suffer from a mental issue turn toward alcohol or drugs to alleviate symptoms. They often find that the mental problem seems less of a problem. However, they now have an addiction that you need to feed to obtain desired results. This is basically trying to remedy a situation with another bad outcome. With two or more difficulties to deal with, behavioral changes are noticed by others.
Wanting To Spend Time Alone
Those who suffer from co-occurring disorders often want to spend as much time away from other people as possible. They believe that no one would understand their situation, and they find they cope better when they do not need to answer to other people about their actions. Loneliness and the sense that you are not positively contributing to society can quickly lead to more and more drug or alcohol use. This will escalate the more the substance is used. If you find you are spending more time alone than with friends and family, co-occurring disorders need consideration.
Taking Risks Without Thinking About Consequences
If you use substances while dangerous conditions are present, co-occurring disorders may be to blame. Often, those who suffer from two or more disorders will drink or use drugs without worrying about the consequences of their actions. They are the people who drink and drive, use drugs that could very well be laced or via dirty needs or apparatuses. These people take risks without realizing further health issues are very well possible as a result.
Not Realizing Drug Or Alcohol Intake
Co-occurring disorders alter the mind, especially when alcohol or drugs are included in the mix. People suffering from co-occurring disorders often lose control when it comes to the amount of a substance they place into their bodies. This leads to health problems and even death. If you tend to overuse and not know when to stop when it comes to alcohol or drug use, a co-occurring disorder is likely contributing to this mindset.
Tolerance Levels Are Altered
When someone uses drugs or alcohol regularly, they tend to need more and more of the substance to get the desired effect upon their body. This tolerance level change is an indication that treatment is necessary to heal the body properly. In many cases, people who have altered tolerance levels crave drugs or alcohol often and believe that they are unable to function without using. If you find you are drinking or using drugs more than you had in the past, consider reaching out for help.
Get The Necessary Help For A Better Life
At Red Oak Recovery in Asheville, NC, we believe that using traditional treatment options for drug or alcohol addiction, paired with experiential and wilderness therapy, works well for recovery.
Our treatment is gender-specific, meaning you are around other men during your stay. We use a balance of compassion and education to assist with treatment for those suffering from co-occurring disorders. In addition, we understand that each difficulty requires treatment, and we monitor the progress of each step during your recovery. We believe that dual diagnosis treatment is necessary for these situations. Contact us at 828.382.9699 for more information about our programs.