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What is a Co-Occurring Disorder?

Co-Occurring disorders are when people who have a mental health diagnosis also experience a substance use disorder.  Co-Occuring disorders can be difficult to diagnose due to the complexity of symptoms, as both may vary in severity.  In many cases, people receive treatment for one disorder while the other disorder remains untreated or undertreated.

The consequences of undiagnosed, untreated, or undertreated co-occurring disorders can lead to a higher likelihood of experiencing homelessness, incarceration, medical illnesses, suicide, or even early death.

People with co-occurring disorders are best served through integrated treatment that includes peer support services.  Recovery support services can help enable individuals to build a life that supports recovery as they work to control symptoms though traditional treatments and/or peer-support.  These types of services support the goals of community integration and social inclusion for people with mental and/or substance use disorders and their families.
At Foundation for Recovery these peer services are designed and delivered by people who have a lived mental health experience and/or substance use disorder and who are in recovery.