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The term co-occurring disorder is used when a person is suffering from both an addiction and a mental health issue. It is extremely common to have a co-occurring disorder. It is widely accepted that it is best to treat both the addiction and the mental health issue at the same time. For many individuals treatment seems like a scary thing–something that is intimidating and unknown. The idea that we are tackling more than an addiction can be overwhelming. Addiction by itself seems like a huge thing to focus on and understand, let alone another factor that adds to the dynamic of healing. If you are hesitant or nervous about seeking help, here are a few tips to get you started in the right direction.

Do Your Research

For some people, the unknown is what we are really scared or nervous about. Not knowing what treatment will be like, not knowing how you are going to work through your addiction and mental health struggles. If that is you, then start by doing some research. Try to find websites that are trustworthy. By learning more about your illnesses, or the treatment, you may start to relax and feel more at ease. Working closely with your therapist will be helpful as well. They are there to not only help you in the traditional sense but also educate and empower you to learn to solve your own problems. Maybe anxiety is one of the things you struggle with. Learning how to recognize and handle that anxiety will be key in working through it. 

Be Realistic

Everything takes time. Chances are you may be uncomfortable, nervous, or out of your comfort zone for some time. As you work with your therapist you will build your confidence and realize you are doing something great that will have lifelong benefits. 

Co-occurring disorders are when an individual is suffering from both an addiction and a mental health issue. It is extremely common, and professionals are ready to help you with both struggles. Going to treatment can be a scary and intimidating prospect. Doing some research may help you feel more prepared. Having an idea as to what to expect in treatment may steady some nerves and make you feel more prepared and ready. It is important to be realistic, however. It will take time to build trust and connection with your therapist. At The Guest House, we have amazing therapists ready to help you through your journey. Call us today to learn more at (855) 483-7800.