Arlington OCD and Addiction Treatment

Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder and addiction tend to appear together as a dual diagnosis very frequently, and it's tough to tell whether the OCD (Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder) is a result of the addiction or an underlying condition that started the addiction. In most cases, OCD was the underlying condition that resulted in someone trying to self-medicate for anxiety using drugs or alcohol, and that's why they present in the same individual often. However, a heroin addict can compulsively scratch and pick at their skin as a withdrawal symptom too. OCD and addiction need separate Arlington OCD and addiction treatment therapies, however.

To discuss opportunities for treatment, find and contact dual diagnosis treatment programs in Arlington. Call (877) 804-1531 for more information and help finding the right program.

What are the Signs and Symptoms of OCD?

People exhibiting OCD have very specific "rituals" like compulsive hand-washing or counting. They may have a deep need to perform a specific action a certain number of times, for instance, locking their doors three times. Even though anxiety is the common thread in both OCD and addiction, when the compulsive behavior is a symptom of addiction, not OCD, it typically is pretty random, not highly structured. In both drug abuse and OCD, the problem is a set of intrusive thoughts or behaviors that tend to disrupt the normal everyday life.

What Kind of Treatment Is Required?

Once a dual diagnosis has been made, it's important to determine the type of treatment required to address this complex dynamic of OCD and addiction. If they are abusing alcohol, the person will need to dry out and attend meetings to get the treatment they need to engage sobriety. They may be put on Antabuse, a medication that provokes an unpleasant reaction upon ingesting alcohol, to keep them from drinking. In the meantime, they will also undergo psychotherapy and may even be given pharmaceuticals to help them obtain control over obsessive behaviors or intrusive thoughts. If they are on opiates or other hard drugs, they will need to detox first so that the medication does not interact with other substances in the person's system. For a dual diagnosis, it is not a quick fix problem and requires specialists in both the psychological and medical fields for proper treatment.

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