Is IOP Also Equipped to Treat Co Occurring Mental Health Issues

Is IOP Also Equipped to Treat Co Occurring Mental Health Issues

More than 45% of adults struggling with alcohol addiction and/or substance abuse also struggle with mental health issues[1]. However, often those mental health issues can go undiagnosed due to the severity of the addiction masking the signs and symptoms of the mental health disorder. This can cause a delay in treatment for those mental and emotional disorders which can also negatively impact the efficacy of addiction therapy.

An integrated approach to drug addiction treatment that takes any mental health concerns into account and treats both the addiction and disorder with the other in mind allows individuals to reclaim their lives and make significant progress in both areas. The intensive outpatient rehab program at MiBoSpi Recovery provides experienced-based treatment for co-occurring mental health disorders and addiction through an integrated approach focused on healing the whole person.

Understanding Co-occurring Mental Health Issues

A co-occurring disorder refers to the presence of a mental or emotional health disorder in an individual who is also struggling with alcohol addiction and/or substance abuse. Understanding co-occurring mental health issues for the purpose of alcohol or drug addiction treatment requires an open-minded approach to therapy that is based upon that individual’s unique needs. A cut and dry one-size-fits-all approach to addiction therapy, such as found in 12-steps based outpatient rehab programs, is not equipped to provide proper treatment for the co-occurring disorder.

It lacks the nuance and the willingness to modify treatment approaches to the exact needs of the individual. No two people will experience addiction or mental illness in the same way. A flexible and individualized form of treatment is essential for attaining sobriety and relief from the symptoms of mental illness.

Integrated Treatment for Substance Abuse and Mental Illness

Often because of the severity of the alcohol addiction and/or substance abuse, an individual can fail to receive the treatment they need for their mental or emotional health issues. Mental illness left untreated can dramatically impact the quality of an individual’s life. It can interfere with everyday tasks, employment, and maintaining fulfilling relationships.

With addiction added into the mix, the symptoms of mental and/or emotional disorders can be exasperated and can even interfere with drug addiction treatment. This can cause the individual to enter a repeating pattern of behavior where treatment fails because it doesn’t address all of their issues, causing addiction to spiral out of control again. Integrated treatment for substance abuse and mental illness effectively addresses both issues by tailoring established therapeutic means to the needs of the individual. 

Integrated Treatment with MiBoSpi Recovery

MiBoSpi Recovery provides an innovative approach to alcohol addiction and substance abuse treatment through an integrated approach focused on helping the individual achieve healing from within. Our intensive outpatient rehab is able to provide effective treatment for a variety of mental and emotional health issues in addition to addiction therapy while allowing you to maintain your everyday commitments, such as work, family, and even school. 

In addition to drug addiction treatment, our outpatient rehab can also provide:

  • Anxiety therapy
  • Depression therapy
  • Psychotherapy
  • Family therapy
  • Personal coaching

Benefits of Intensive Outpatient Rehab for Co-occurring Disorder

There are considerable benefits of intensive outpatient rehab for co-occurring disorder. The primary benefit is that one is able to receive quality treatment that helps the reclaim their life. Integrated drug addiction treatment that also addresses mental health issues ensures that addiction cannot as easily exasperate and worsen the symptoms of any mental illness, and vice versa. Addiction and mental illness do not exist separately for an individual. They affect each other and have an impact on whether or not treatment is effective.

With integrated therapy, the individual learns coping strategies that take into account both the alcohol addiction and/or substance abuse and mental illness. MiBoSpi Recovery’s unique approach to addiction therapy focuses on strengthening all aspects of a person -mind, body, and spirit. This approach intrinsically takes the individual’s entire story into account when designing an effective treatment plan.

Benefits of Integrated Treatment

  • Lower treatment costs
  • Reduced alcohol and substance abuse
  • Improved psychiatric functioning
  • Greater stability in life, including employment and housing
  • Fewer arrests

MiBoSpi Recovery provides a multi-modal approach to therapy that addresses the unique needs of the individual. In developing a personalized treatment plan, any mental or emotional health issues will be noted so that they can be treated along with the addiction. This provides a comprehensive treatment that enables the individual to more quickly reclaim their life and enjoy sobriety.

Many people suffering from alcohol addiction or substance abuse also struggle with the symptoms of untreated mental illness. In fact, nearly half of all people battling addiction also deal with easily treatable disorders such as depression, anxiety, and bipolar disorder. MiBoSpi Recovery provides an integrated approach to addiction therapy that successfully treats co-occurring mental health issues along with addiction.

This integrated approach means that individuals do not need to choose between treating their addiction or treating their mental illness -both of which can negatively impact an individual’s quality of life if left untreated, making it difficult to maintain employment and live a successful life. The outpatient rehab program at MiBoSpi allows individuals to receive effective treatment for both addiction and mental illness while still being able to attend work and/or school and benefit from the support of family and friends.


[1]  Behavioral Treatments and Health Services