Addiction rarely occurs in isolation. Most people who are dealing with substance abuse and addiction to drugs or alcohol are often suffering from other mental health conditions, including heightened anxiety, depression, PTSD, and bipolar disorder. Others are dealing with medical issues that complicate recovery. Such conditions are known as dual diagnoses or co-occurring disorders, and women are 1.5 times more likely to present with co-occurring disorders than men.
Women with co-occurring disorders—essentially two diseases at once—experience a greater amount of impairment than people dealing with only one disease. They start substance abuse treatment further behind the curve than others, which means the road to recovery is going to be even more difficult.
The women’s addiction treatment programs at Avery Lane are designed to treat each of these problems in a holistic manner. We work to heal every aspect of women’s lives. Our therapists are trained to recognize co-occurring disorders and understand how these problems interact with and exacerbate one another.
We don’t just treat addiction; we treat the whole woman.