Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) is a difficult condition to live with, and when it is combined with substance use disorder, it can be extremely challenging. Finding a competent, dual diagnosis treatment center is crucial if someone hopes to overcome this difficult set of conditions.
What is Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder Treatment?
Treatment for OCD attempts to help someone realize the falseness of their beliefs while also reducing the distress that these beliefs cause in their lives. This can be done through several different means, but the most effective treatments use multiple treatment approaches simultaneously. These can include medications, behavioral therapies, and mindfulness practices that are all directed at reducing the discomfort and disruption caused by obsessive-compulsive disorder.
While the exact relationship is unclear, there seems to be a common co-occurrence of OCD and substance use disorder. A study performed by the National Insitute of Mental Health found that 24% of people with OCD also suffer from an alcohol use disorder at some point in their life, and another 18% of those with OCD experience a drug use disorder at some point in their lifetime. Most people with co-occurring OCD and substance use disorder claim that OCD emerged prior to substance use, and it is possible that OCD could fuel and accelerate drug or alcohol use. Regardless of the specific dynamics of the relationship between OCD and addiction disorders, there is certainly a connection. Finally, around 90% of those diagnosed with OCD have a lifetime co-occurrence of at least 1 other mental health issue. These could include depression, generalized anxiety disorder, and post-traumatic stress disorder just to name a few. 1, 2, 3
Importance of Treatment
Finding a competent, dual diagnosis treatment center can be extremely important with regard to someone’s chances of long-term recovery. There is a similarity in the underlying behavior of OCD and addiction, in that they are a type of fixation on an idea or act. While the motivations may differ, the result is that someone becomes obsessed with doing or thinking about something and will perform that action regardless of the damage it does in their life. In the case of co-occurring OCD and substance abuse, receiving treatment for only one condition may be ineffective. One study shows that over half of those with co-occurring substance use and OCD do not seek treatment for their OCD. This can prolong their troubles by failing to deal with the issue in its entirety. 2
Due to the similarities of these conditions, comprehensive and well-rounded care is crucial to successful treatment. At The Summit Wellness Group, we take an integrated treatment approach that utilizes the most effective medications, psychiatric care practices, clinical therapies, and holistic treatment techniques. When someone has more tools available for treatment and healing, the chances improve for achieving their goal of successful, long-term recovery from co-occurring OCD and addiction.
Types of Treatment
Even though we use a wide range of tools in our treatment programs, we also maintain flexible program schedules to allow access to as many people as possible. In this regard, we have several different program styles that cater to different levels of care and different schedules or living situations. Some of these different program styles include:
- Sober Living: Our sober living residence is a healthy and safe housing unit that provides a recovery-focused home for someone to return to each night after they attend our day programs.
- Partial Hospitalization Program (PHP): The PHP program is the most comprehensive program that we offer as it provides the highest level of care. The program is 30 hours per week and gives clients the benefit of returning to their homes each night.
- Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP): Our IOP program is the most flexible and accessible program that we offer. Even though it is flexible, it retains a high level of care and totals 9 hours per week. Clients can fulfill this schedule as it is most convenient for them, including day or evening sessions.
These different program architectures all utilize an integrated and full-spectrum approach to treatment and care. We use multiple therapeutic components in the course of treatment with the aim of giving our clients the most in-depth healing process possible. Just a few of the different treatment methods that we use include:
- Group Therapy
- Adventure Therapy
- Yoga and Chiropractic Care
- Mindfulness and Meditation Practices
- Psychiatric Care
- Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy
Treatment for co-occurring OCD and substance abuse is most effective when done together. As these conditions frequently occur at the same time and may complicate and worsen each other, the healing and recovery process is most effective when treatment is provided simultaneously. Relief from the symptoms of one condition can allow healing and improvement in symptoms from the other, leading to a synergistic recovery. If you or a loved one is struggling with OCD and substance abuse, please give us a call. Recovery can start anytime, don’t wait any longer to reach out for help.
- Journal of Anxiety Disorders: Substance Use Disorders in an Obsessive Compulsive Disorder Clinical Sample
- SAMHSA: Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder and Substance Use Disorders
- Dialogues in Clinical Neuroscience: Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder and its Related Disorders – A Reappraisal of Obsessive-Compulsive Spectrum Concepts