At Glen Oaks Hospital, we understand that individuals grappling with mental health challenges often carry a heavier load than meets the eye. Co-occurring disorders, also known as dual diagnosis or comorbidity, are complex situations where individuals simultaneously face both a mental health disorder and a substance use disorder. These intertwined conditions require not only care but also deep compassion, understanding and specialized treatment.
Co-occurring disorders are more common than one might imagine. Imagine someone dealing with crippling anxiety who turns to alcohol to alleviate their symptoms. Initially, they may feel temporary relief, but over time, alcohol can exacerbate their anxiety, creating a vicious cycle of self-medication that traps them in a challenging loop.
Another example is a person who battles depression and resorts to illicit substances to temporarily lift their mood. While it may provide momentary relief, it ultimately deepens their depression, leaving them in a constant tug-of-war between their mental health and their substance use.
These scenarios illustrate the complexity of co-occurring disorders. It’s a battle on two fronts, where each condition can aggravate the other, making recovery seem like an insurmountable challenge.
At Glen Oaks Hospital, our approach to co-occurring disorders is grounded in compassion and tailored to address the unique needs of each individual. Here’s a more detailed look at our approach:
When you arrive at our facility, you’ll meet with a board-certified psychiatrist. This comprehensive assessment goes beyond surface-level symptoms to uncover the underlying causes and connections between your mental health and substance use. It’s a critical step to designing a personalized treatment plan.
Medication can play a crucial role in managing mental health symptoms. For example, someone with severe depression might benefit from antidepressant medication. Our team provides careful medication management, ensuring you receive the right treatment at the right time.
Our compassionate nursing staff is available around the clock, every day of the week. Whether it’s a moment of crisis or a need for support during the quiet hours of the night, our team is here to provide comfort, care and expertise.
Your journey to recovery is unique. Your treatment plan reflects this uniqueness, addressing your specific mental health and substance use challenges. This personalized approach is the foundation for your healing.
Sharing experiences and coping strategies with others who face similar challenges can be incredibly empowering. Our group therapy sessions provide a safe and supportive space for you to connect, learn, and grow together with your peers. Our therapists facilitate these sessions with the utmost compassion and expertise.
Our healthcare staff at Glen Oaks Hospital doesn’t just provide clinical expertise; they provide unwavering compassion. They understand the depth of the struggles you face and are dedicated to providing the support and guidance you need with respect, empathy and kindness.
Co-occurring disorders may present complex challenges, but they are not insurmountable. At Glen Oaks Hospital, we are committed to providing comprehensive inpatient treatment that addresses both mental health and substance use disorders. Our approach, founded on compassionate care, expert evaluation, medication management, 24/7 nursing support, individualized treatment and empathetic group therapy, is designed to guide you towards lasting recovery.
If you or a loved one is navigating the complexities of co-occurring disorders, remember that you are not alone. Reach out to us, and let our compassionate healthcare staff be your allies on the path to better mental health. Healing begins here, at Glen Oaks Hospital, where compassion is the cornerstone of your journey