An In-Depth Look at Substance Use Disorder and Comorbidity

Posted by Soberman's Contributor on May 21, 2020 at 8:20 PM


A common trend that occurs when there is a case of addiction is the presence of another disorder. The presence of another disorder when there is already a pre-existing case is called comorbidity. There are many questions surrounding these conditions, which is why we will be taking an in-depth look at how both substance use disorder and comorbidity interact by answering these questions.

The Interaction Between Substance Use Disorder and Comorbidity

One thing to take note of when diagnosing a person with comorbid disorders and drug use is that it can be difficult to pinpoint which causes the other. One way both interact is how each can affect the brain of an individual. A person misusing drugs and alcohol will have brain structure abnormalities that can increase their risk for other disorders. Namely depression, and other anxiety disorders. On the other hand, a person with depression or other anxiety disorders can try to self medicate by using alcohol or drugs. This not only increases their chance to become addicted to these substances, but it also aggravates their pre-existing condition.

Genetics can also play a major role in causing one or both disorders. The presence of a predisposition for both substance use and mental disorders is a common starting point.

How Dangerous Is Substance Use Disorder Alongside Comorbidity?

Comorbid drug and alcohol addiction is a pressing matter as both or more present conditions will affect each other. This makes it more difficult for a specialist to properly mitigate the root of the problem as both or more conditions work to undermine treatment. Patients with comorbid disorders are more prone to failing to adhere to treatment procedures and many will also eventually stop treatment. 

People misusing substances like alcohol and drugs are at far greater risk of developing other disorders, namely mental health disorders. Common comorbid conditions include anxiety disorders, depression, and post traumatic stress disorder. These disorders are problematic for a patient but become a much larger concern if they are paired with excessive drug or alcohol use. 

What Treatments are Available for Cases of Substance Use Disorder and Comorbidity?

Despite the difficulty in diagnosing the initial cause of substance use disorder with various comorbid disorders, there are a number of solutions that can be used to help mitigate the problems caused by both. However, the most common and most effective solution to this problem is professional intervention. Diagnosis is the first step to proper treatment of both conditions. It should be noted that these treatments and solutions always require the assistance of a professional to ensure that the treatment procedure is adhered to by the patient. 

An excellent solution to both problems is to be treated at Soberman’s Estate. We understand that successful rehabilitation starts with giving proper respect and expert level care from licensed professionals. With 5 beds on 5 acres of pristine Sonoran desert, Soberman’s Estate is a safe place to recover. Discretion and privacy is assured alongside integrative addiction recovery programs that can effectively treat substance use disorder and other underlying health issues. 

If you or someone you know is considering treatment for addiction, call us at 480-595-2222 for a complimentary consultation.

Topics: Addiction, Treatment, Substance Abuse, Alcoholism