At Pura Vida Recovery Services, we want to help you move from surviving into thriving. Treatment is more successful when you address healing beyond the symptoms and dig into the root causes. More often than you might imagine, drug or alcohol addiction can mask mental illness, or vice-versa. Without getting to the root issue, treatment acts as a patch for the real underlying conditions. We’ve seen it happen time after time – maybe you’ve gone through a similar experience: clients seek support for addiction, but not the underlying mental disorder. After treatment, they fall back into a lifestyle of addiction and eventually relapse. Luckily, there is an alternative path: when you work to address co-occurring disorders, you’re more likely to find long-lasting recovery.

What Are Co-Occuring Disorders?

It’s estimated that as many as half of those with substance abuse issue are also suffering from mental health issues. Typically, dual diagnosis clients may struggle to maintain sobriety. Intimacy can be difficult, and it’s common to experience erratic mood swings, violent tendencies, or uncontrolled anger. If you struggle with an undiagnosed co-occurring disorder, you may find it hard to formulate and convey your thoughts and might feel socially inept or develop solitary tendencies as a result. It might be hard to maintain employment and you may have issues managing your finances or controlling your spending.

Some of the most common co-occurring disorders found coupled with addiction are:

  • Generalized anxiety
  • Eating disorders
  • Bipolar disorder
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
  • Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD)
  • Borderline personality disorder (BPD)
  • Schizophrenia
  • Attention deficit hyperactive disorder (ADHD)

When we identify the co-occurring disorders as the root cause, we’re able to develop a more strategic approach to healing. Dual diagnosis not only helps you understand yourself better, but it also helps you understand the contributing factors that led to your addiction.


Wherever you are, start there. Pura Vida Recovery Services has built a full continuum of care to provide multiple “front doors” where you can get started with treatment, whether you’re in crisis, maintenance, or progress already. We offer residential treatment and partial hospitalization programs at Pura Vida Recovery Services. Not sure where to start? That’s pretty normal. Our in-house team will help you sort out all the details and find the right starting point for you, so give us a call today at 707.879.8432


Our team will create your treatment plan by pulling from interventions including dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT), cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), mindfulness, process groups, family therapy, psychoeducation, seeking safety, art therapy, music therapy, experiential therapy, and a variety of other modalities. If you think Pura Vida Recovery Services is right for you, or you are unsure of the next steps to take give us a call at 707.879.8432 or email us at [email protected].