What is a co-occurring disorder?

Perhaps you have heard the term before, but you are not sure what effects a co-occurring disorder has on an individual. Maybe you or a loved one have been dually diagnosed with a co-occurring disorder and you need to know more about the condition.

Co-occurring disorder refers to the condition in which an individual has a co-existing mental illness and substance use disorder. If left untreated, co-occurring disorders can increase the risk of frequent drug relapse, homelessness, serious physical illness and death. Learn more about co-occurring disorders, the best practices for treatment, and what resources for integrated care are near you. Read the article.