Concurrent disorder is a term used to describe a situation in which a person is experiencing a psychiatric disorder as well as a substance use disorder. It is common for people seeking treatment for an addiction to also experience a mental health issue. As such it is essential that assessments be completed for both substance use issues as well as mental health issues.

At Our House Addiction Recovery Centre each client is assessed for addiction and mental health issues using the Comprehensive Addiction and Psychological Evaluation (CAAPE) tool. The CAAPE uses criteria from the Diagnostic and Statistics Manual - 4th edition (DSM-IV) to indicate potential psychiatric illnesses. The Mental Health Coordinator then reviews each CAAPE assessment, completes further screening with the client and makes referrals to mental health professionals when necessary to ensure clients are receiving the most appropriate therapy. Each individual situation is different, for example a client can present with schizophrenia and a dependence on cocaine, another can present with major depressive disorder and a dependence on alcohol. The treatment for each of these clients would be very different. It is essential that treatment for concurrent disorders be an integrated approach, as such our Mental Health Counselors work closely with psychiatrists, therapists and the client.

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