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Obsessive-compulsive disorder is a chronic mental health condition that often co-occurs with other psychiatric illnesses, including addiction. When a person has OCD and a substance use disorder, the best approach to treatment is often to include them both. A dual-diagnosis addiction treatment program can integrate mental health care and rehab for substance abuse.

Centric Behavioral Health provides OCD treatment in Florida in a safe, comfortable, and compassionate environment. When you receive treatment at our OCD rehab center in Florida, you undergo addiction treatment simultaneously, creating a strong foundation for lifelong recovery.

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Understanding OCD

Obsessive-compulsive disorder is characterized by recurring thoughts that are out of the control of someone experiencing them. These are known as obsessions. Then, there are behaviors or compulsions that the affected person will feel the urge to do repeatedly.

A person with OCD might have obsession-related symptoms, symptoms of compulsions, or a combination. The symptoms interfere with every part of someone’s life, including their relationships and performance at school or work.

When someone experiences obsessions, they cause anxiety. These thoughts, urges, or images occur repeatedly and can include a fear of contamination, germs, or unwanted or taboo thoughts. Obsessions might include aggression or a preoccupation with everything being in a certain order or perfect.

Compulsions are repetitive behaviors someone will do to respond to their obsessive thoughts.

Compulsions can include excessive hand washing or cleaning, ordering things a certain way, or counting compulsively. Also common in OCD is repeatedly checking something, like ensuring a door is locked. 

When a person has OCD, they can’t control their thoughts or behaviors even when they realize they’re excessive. For a diagnosis, the person spends at least an hour of the day on obsessions and compulsions and doesn’t get pleasure from their rituals, although they might get a brief break in their anxiety. OCD also leads to significant problems that a person experiences daily because of their thoughts and behaviors.

Some people have OCD and also have a tic disorder. Tics are brief, sudden, and repetitive movements like shoulder shrugging or jerking the head or shoulders. There are also vocal tics, like throat-clearing or sniffing.

Centric Behavioral Health offers Florida OCD treatment as part of our rehab programs. If someone struggles with drug or alcohol use and is diagnosed with OCD, our treatment programs are individualized and driven by research, science, and compassion.

We work with most major insurance carriers.

Centric Behavioral Health facilities work with most major health insurance carriers in order to provide effective, accessible treatment options for substance abuse and mental health.

What Are the Risk Factors for OCD?

OCD is considered a somewhat common mental health disorder, with most people being diagnosed by the time they’re in their teens.

Twin and family studies show that people with a close, first-degree relative, like a parent with OCD, are at a higher risk of having it themselves. Imaging studies have shown differences in brain parts, including the frontal cortex, in people with OCD. There are also likely environmental contributors. For example, in some studies, exposure to trauma during childhood raised the risk of developing symptoms of obsessive-compulsive disorder.

When someone receives OCD treatment at Centric Behavioral Health, our team works to understand all the underlying factors contributing to the mental health disorder and co-occurring addiction. We approach treatment thoroughly and highly personally; no two people or their treatment needs are identical.

OCD and Addiction

There is a link between every mental health condition and the potential for addiction to develop, including OCD. In one study of veterans with OCD, more than one-third had a substance use disorder. Some substances often misused were tobacco, alcohol, cannabis, opioids, and cocaine.

A 2022 study found higher rates of addiction among people with OCD.

There are a few reasons that addiction is more common in people with mental health disorders like OCD.

Centric Behavioral Health provides expert-led OCD treatment in Florida, along with substance abuse programs on both an inpatient and outpatient basis.

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With dual diagnosis treatment for addiction and OCD, symptoms can improve significantly. Both addiction and OCD are considered treatable.

Treatment, while it varies depending on the person, usually includes a combination of approaches. Talk therapy is beneficial for both addiction and OCD. With talk therapy, you work with a professional therapist to understand the motives behind your behavior, address your thoughts, and develop coping skills. You might also work through some of the root causes of your mental health and addiction disorders, like trauma exposure.

Symptom management with medications can help some people with OCD. Medications used to treat OCD symptoms include selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) or, for more severe symptoms, antipsychotic medications.

For addiction, there is Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT). Medications with approval from the Food and Drug Administration for opioid and alcohol use disorders can reduce withdrawal symptoms and cravings.

Group therapy and support group participation are other important elements of many dual-diagnosis treatment plans. Support groups provide social connection, and you can work through your symptoms with people with similar experiences. 

If you receive treatment for OCD or addiction without the other condition also being treated, the symptoms can worsen, and it’s much more likely that you’ll relapse or that the symptoms of both conditions will reinforce the other.

If you’d like to learn about OCD treatment, contact Centric Behavioral Health. We are a leading rehab program that also offers dual-diagnosis mental health care, and we can help you or your loved one with the next steps toward recovery. If you are looking for mental health or addiction treatment services near you, Centric Behavioral Health Can help. If you’d like to learn more about our inpatient drug rehab centers, contact us today.

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