About 50% of patients with alcoholism or other drug abuse have some other co-occurring mental health struggles, such as depression, anxiety, panic attacks, obsessive-compulsive disorder, or bi-polar disorder. In order to successfully treat an addiction it is imperative that we also ensure that the co-occurring disorder is also being treated. Conversely, in order to successfully treat a mental health problem it is equally imperative that a co-occurring addiction be treated as well.
The symptoms of substance abuse often mimic the symptoms of mental health problems and until the substances are out of the way it is difficult, if not impossible, to have a completely accurate and treatable diagnosis.
Psychiatry and substance abuse treatment must work collaboratively to create the greatest chance of patient success and to assist the patient in developing their best life. In this light, a psychiatrist needs a partner in the treatment of their patients that can communicate regularly regarding patient compliance and patient progress. Communication should be systematic so that everyone knows what is happening with a patient at all times.
Collaboration is key not only to patient care, but to working with payers who want to ensure that providers are working together to ensure the greatest outcomes. Let us be your partner and help your clients to achieve their best. Contact us today to talk about how we can work together to meet the needs of your patients.