Topic: co-occurring disorders
The increased incidence of depression, anxiety, and other psychiatric symptoms linked to OUD may also help to account for high rates of relapse among patients, post-treatment, versus other substance disorders.
In fact, it’s often difficult to convince the trauma patient to seek treatment, in part because of fear of having to re-experience the event.
A reasonably good rule of thumb for differentiating results of substance addiction from other illnesses: When the substance use stops for an extended period, the symptoms improve dramatically or go away entirely.
Topics: co-occurring disorders
Patients with severe substance disorders may experience depression as a result of the cumulative effects of their substance use.
…progress is the measuring stick. You want your patient to know the joy of a structured, purposeful life.
There’s plenty of evidence that treatment for depression works, and that people with co-occurring disorders can and do get a whole lot better.
In spite of the advances, science still struggles to understand the disease process that underlies most disorders.
As a general rule, the better the causes of a disease are understood, the more effective the treatments will be.