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Dual Diagnosis Treatment for People With OCD

Addiction often coincides with other co-occurring conditions. When that condition is obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), there are unique struggles that can make recovery more difficult.

Because the symptoms of these disorders affect each other, it’s important to seek professional obsessive-compulsive disorder treatment as well as addiction rehab. At our addiction and anxiety treatment center in the Los Angeles area, we use evidence-based methods to address substance abuse disorders and mental illness together.

Comprehensive Assessment and Tailored Dual Diagnosis Treatment Plans

To ensure long-term success, our dual rehab and OCD treatment starts with a full evaluation of a person’s mental health and co-occurring addictions. We develop a full picture of their OCD journey and their substance use history, then create a tailored addiction treatment plan that suits them. This involves identifying the triggers and compulsions that rule them, as well as how it plays a role in their substance abuse.

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Living With Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder and Addiction

OCD is a type of anxiety disorder marked by obsessive thoughts and compulsive behaviors. The compulsions relieve the distress of the unwanted thoughts. A common example is having obsessive, unwanted thoughts about dirty objects and germs that are only relieved by repeated cleaning or hand washing.

Common obsessive-compulsive disorder symptoms include:

  • Obsessive thoughts and fears
  • Extreme need for symmetry and order
  • All-consuming need to wash and tidy things
  • Counting and recounting objects
  • Repeating words or phrases aloud or to oneself
  • Hoarding
  • Intrusive thoughts that can be disturbingly aggressive or sexual
  • Constant checking and need for reassurance (making sure doors are locked several times, etc.)

A dual diagnosis is the joint diagnosis of two co-occurring disorders, like obsessive-compulsive disorder and substance abuse. Together, a mental disorder and a chemical dependency can make life feel like an unending cycle of intense distress and temporary relief.

The effects of drug and alcohol addiction can worsen the symptoms of mood disorders like OCD. Meanwhile, the OCD might put them at greater risk of developing a substance-related compulsion. Both substance abuse and obsessive-compulsive disorder involve a great deal of obsession and focus, leading to some compulsive, relieving action.

Treating Co-Occurring Disorders Like OCD and Substance Abuse

As a true dual diagnosis facility, Del Arroyo Recovery Center treats OCD just as thoroughly as we treat substance use disorders. We use a variety of evidence-based therapies to treat obsessive-compulsive disorder, including:

  • Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), to address the obsessive thought patterns and symptoms
  • Exposure and response prevention (ERP) techniques, to help clients resist compulsions
  • Mindfulness-based interventions, to arm clients for long-term OCD management

To combat both the OCD and addiction, we combine these mental health therapies with other techniques, such as:

  • Medical detox
  • Medication-assisted treatment (MAT)
  • Withdrawal management
  • Physical activity, like yoga
  • Other wellness practices, like meditation
  • Individual counseling sessions
  • Group counseling sessions
  • Family mental support
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Preparing for Life After Addiction Treatment and OCD Treatment

Transitioning out of OCD and addiction treatment and managing long-term sobriety has its challenges. In our dual diagnosis OCD treatment programs, we work with clients to develop strong coping skills, create relapse prevention plans and explore strategies for avoiding triggering situations. After finishing OCD treatment, alumni can take advantage of ongoing individual and group counseling, group meetings, and other resources.

Break Free With OCD and Substance Abuse Treatment in the Los Angeles Area

If you’re struggling under the control of both obsessive-compulsive disorder and substance abuse, there is hope. At our addiction and OCD treatment center in Southern California, we take a comprehensive approach that aims to heal the whole person. Contact us today to learn more about our inpatient obsessive-compulsive disorder treatment in Agoura Hills.

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