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5 Reasons Why You Should Treat Substance Abuse and Co-Occuring Disorders Simultaneously: A Guide to Dual Diagnosis

Co-occuring mental disorders greatly impact the recovery process, as they can dictate what type of treatment will best work for guests who suffer with their mental health. Mental health is a large part of what we focus on at Royal Life Centers at Sound Recovery. As stated by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, “mental disorders involve changing in thinking, mood, and/or behavior” which “…can affect how we relate to others and make choices.”

Many addiction treatment centers do not specialize in treating those with a dual diagnosis, because it is harder to provide the resources needed to effectively treat those who have a co-occuring disorder alongside substance abuse. Any provider who treats guests who have a dual diagnosis, must provide: an accurate assessment, access to medical professionals, the appropriate level of care, integrated treatment methods, comprehensive services and continuing care. Royal Life Centers at Sound Recovery offers all of the factors mentioned, including: accurate assessments, access to medical professionals, evaluating for the appropriate level of care, integrated treatment methods, comprehensive addiction treatment services, and continuing care.

A comprehensive treatment protocol needs to be enacted to best assist anyone suffering with a co-occuring disorder in addition to their substance use disorder. Royal Life Centers is experienced in treating guests with a dual diagnosis; we offer addiction treatment that has programs to follow guests through the recovery process. We apply phases within our programs, to guide guests along different levels of care that are designed to fit their specific needs.

Co-occuring disorders may include, but are not limited to the following: anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, eating disorders, dissociative disorder, and personality disorders (paranoid personality disorder, schizoid personality disorder, antisocial personality disorder, borderline personality disorder, histrionic personality disorder, narcissistic personality disorder, avoidant personality disorder, dependent personality disorder, etc.)

Many people are not aware that they may have a dual-diagnosis, which is why Royal Life Centers provides knowledgeable and experienced medical professionals who perform in-depth and accurate assessments of each guest, to develop a course of action for the best treatment. Disorders, especially personality disorders, greatly impact how a person can recover- because no one guest is the same. Royal Life Centers at Sound Recovery provides treatment for any and all disorders that effect our guests, in addition to their substance or alcohol use disorder.

Here are 5 reasons why you should treat substance abuse and co-occuring disorders at the same time:

  1. Mental Health impacts every aspect of life, including your recovery
  2. The recovery process at Royal Life Centers at Sound Recovery includes behavioral therapies that are designed to treat mental health and substance abuse, as they relate to each other and to you
  3. A dual diagnosis requires a treatment plan that allows for all factors of our guest’s circumstances to be taken into account, so that you can properly plan to manage both mental illness and any substance abuse disorders moving forward
  4. Drug or alcohol addiction can greatly impact your mental health and any existing disorders, attending our intensive therapies can help you decipher how they are related and what you can do to treat them both for optimal health. We also provide medical professionals who are experienced in knowing how to best help you for a full recovery from all diagnoses.
  5. Many alcoholics and addicts also have underlying mental disorders like anxiety or depression. Attending a program like the programs we offer at Royal Life Centers at Sound Recovery provides guests with genuine support from those who can personally relate to you. Group therapies become an extremely important part of recovery, as a support group can help people with co-occuring disorders not feel as if they are alone.

Treating one part of yourself at a time will only create short term success in recovery. Please take into account the above 5 reasons why you should treat substance abuse and co-occuring disorders simultaneously. Royal Life Centers at Sound Recovery provides accurate assessments to diagnose, and best configure a tailored treatment plan that will address all diagnoses- because they intertwine to affect each person in different ways. Royal Life Centers at Sound Recovery addresses physical, spiritual, mental and behavioral health. We understand the importance of working with each guest to create a comprehensive treatment plan to fit our guest’s specific needs and goals. We offer a variety of treatment options, with programs that transition guests through phases, and plan with our guest’s to figure out the best plan of action for their continued care upon completion of our services.

Royal Life Centers at Sound Recovery offers addiction treatment that treats other disorders at the same time. We appoint a case manager to each guest, so that they may collaborate on a treatment plan that meets that guest’s personal needs and goals. We offer continued care planning, to ensure that each guest is set up with the resources they need for their successful and lasting sobriety.

Royal Life Centers offers treatment programs at various levels of care, including: a medical detox program, residential inpatient, a partial hospitalization program (PHP), an intensive outpatient program (IOP), outpatient program (OP), sober living and graduate housing.

Our programs introduce guests to 12-step programs of recovery, like Alcoholics Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous. These 12-step programs of recovery also have specialized groups (outside of a treatment setting) that address a number of co-occuring disorders, to provide a support network no matter where you are at in your recovery or in the world. These programs are especially important for those who complete treatment and would like to maintain working on their disorders, while having a support network of people who genuinely understand. Family therapy and support can also be achieved with the family-focused versions of these 12-step groups, like Al-Anon and more. These versions of 12-step programs of recovery are specifically created to support family members as their loved one is in recovery for alcohol, substances, etc.

If you or someone you know needs comprehensive addiction treatment to address their substance use disorder and co-occuring disorder(s), please don’t hesitate to reach out to us toll free at (877)-RECOVERY or (888) 716-4070. Our team is available to speak with you no matter what time or day you call. Because We Care.

Center for Substance Abuse Treatment. Substance Abuse Treatment for Persons With Co-Occurring Disorders. Rockville (MD): Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (US); 2005. (Treatment Improvement Protocol (TIP) Series, No. 42.) 3 Keys to Successful Programming. Available from:

“Mental Health and Substance Use Disorders.” Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration , SAMHSA,


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