Topic: co-occurring disorders
That doesn’t mean you need a program that treats senior exclusively. It does suggest that you should concentrate your efforts on programs with access to physician care beyond simple detox.
Calling these diseases “behavioral illnesses” and calling our systems of care “behavioral health programs” promotes two destructive, harmful beliefs.
Many of us have deliberately set the bar too high to encourage ourselves to jump. Obviously, we don’t always reach it.
The point is to foresee predictable traps and make changes to reduce your vulnerability to slips – defined as an unplanned use of drugs or alcohol that results from a weakness or flaw in your program of recovery.
The intent is simply to make sure that everyone who needs to know, does know. That you get to explain things in your own way.
Accumulate a bunch of small positive accomplishments over a succession of ‘todays’, and you’ll be stunned at exactly how much your life has changed for the better.
Someone who’s concluded that he or she has a disease is far more likely to treat it than somebody who is taking another person’s word for it (no matter how many degrees that other person may have.)
One key to success is learning recovery skills for both addictive disease and mental illness, and applying them together.
The key question involves which part of the COD population you’re going to serve. It’s not really a homogeneous group.