What On Earth is a Co-Occurring Disorder?

Mental health disorders and substance use disorders often occur at the same time. In a way, this fact makes perfect sense. The state of our mental health and the quality of what we put into our bodies go hand-in-hand. After all, our brain is a part of our body, and our body is intrinsically connected to our brain. When someone has both a diagnosed mental illness and a substance use disorder, these are referred to as “co-occurring disorders.”

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