Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) is a mental health disorder characterized by compulsions that are repetitive actions which arise as a response to reduce anxiety and tension brought on by intrusive thoughts. Studies have shown a strong co-occurring connection between addiction and Obsessive Compulsive Disorder or OCD, and OCD has been linked to above average rates of addiction. The primary factor in fueling substance abuse is also an attempt to reduce anxiety and stress, so understanding this fundamental connection is critical in getting effective treatment.
Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder Signs & Symptoms
Obsessive-compulsive disorder symptoms affect older and young adults, often centering on cleanliness or specific rearrangement of objects, with compulsions such as tapping, counting, praying, checking, hand washing, cleaning, and word repetition.
Living with OCD
Obsessive thoughts often center around fear of contamination, uncertainty, and losing control/harming others, and they can be sexual or aggressive, leading to the need for symmetry, as well as doubts about leaving stoves on or doors unlocked. Taboo thoughts are also common with this mental disorder, which can lead to difficulty in social situations.
People with OCD also often have fears of having a mental health disorder and may experience panic attacks at the thought of losing or throwing away something valuable.
Co-Occurring Mental Illness and Substance Use Disorders
To relieve their unwanted thoughts, those who don’t opt for OCD treatment with cognitive therapies may seek short-term relief from this anxiety disorder with alcohol or drugs.
The problem with this is that it only serves to temporarily reduce symptoms like obsessive thoughts. Without anxiety disorder treatment, intrusive thoughts will return unless more substances are taken. Eventually, this can lead to worsening symptoms of OCD like compulsions, as well as addiction, severe alcohol withdrawal symptoms, and major depressive disorder.
Drug and alcohol addiction does commonly co-occur with obsessive-compulsive disorder. These are called co-occurring conditions or a dual diagnosis. When a person receives this diagnosis, dual diagnosis OCD treatment with cognitive-behavioral therapy is the most effective option because it offers addiction treatment for mental health disorders like OCD
Finding OCD Treatment for Substance Abuse and Mental Health Disorders
Divine House provides obsessive-compulsive disorder treatment in San Diego. Using a blended anxiety treatment approach, our substance abuse disorder treatment programs offer long-term treatment success for impulsive behavior, anxiety disorder, intense fear, abandonment issues, and borderline personality disorders (BPD).
Holistic Therapy for OCD
Our holistic therapists consider underlying causes, mental health and substance use disorders, and social factors, as well as the symptoms, striving to provide patients with a mental health evaluation and treatment program that teaches important skills to manage their co-occurring addiction.
Along with inpatient obsessive-compulsive disorder treatment in San Diego with cognitive-behavioral therapy, Divine House offers detoxification, residential OCD treatment, and outpatient programs in treatment plans for OCD and helps patients regulate their co-occurring disorder in order to better function in daily life. We use a combination of many types of therapy, including behavioral therapy and medications, and we also offer residential treatment programs, outpatient programs, and online treatments.
If you require professional OCD treatment or have another mental health disorder, Divine House’s evidence-based programs for mental health treatment can help. Learn more about our integrated treatment for obsessive-compulsive disorder and substance abuse disorders today.
Treating OCD Beyond Addiction & Dual Diagnosis
Introducing the Divine Life Mental Health Outpatient Program
Although the overwhelming majority of patients suffering from addiction (substance use disorder or SUD) also suffer from some form of mental health issue such as anxiety (dual diagnosis); not all patients suffering from mental health issues also suffer from addiction (primary mental health). This distinction between dual diagnosis and primary mental health is critical in providing the best and most appropriate care for our patients. For some dual diagnosis patients, their battle with anxiety continues to persist well after their active addiction is in remission. Equally, there are many patients who suffer from anxiety with very little to no addiction component. It is for these patients that the Divine Life primary mental health outpatient program in San Diego was created.
The Divine Life mental health outpatient program offers focused and highly effective mental health treatment provided by the same expert team of psychiatric doctors, therapists and mental healthcare professionals offered by Divine House. Conveniently located in the city hills just minutes away from the Divine House inpatient treatment facility, Divine Life’s beautifully remodeled 3-office outpatient facility offers clients the flexible access and amenities they need to successfully treat their mental health conditions.
It is this comprehensive offering of both dual diagnosis substance abuse and primary mental health that sets Divine House and Divine Life above and beyond the majority of treatment options available in Southern California.