“Substance use disorder and mental health disorders … co-exist together so you can’t treat one without the other.”

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I am Caitlyn Hardon. I’m the CEO of Hope Harbor Walness and outpatient substance abuse and treatment center. The majority of our clients that we see have a co occurring disorder. So that means they have a substance use disorder and a mental health diagnosis alongside with it.

Substance use disorder and mental health disorders, especially depression, codes this together. So you can’t treat one without all so treating the other, or you’re going to continuously backslide in one of those areas. When you’re not having to continuously change medications because they’re not working. It increases the clients not only support and being on those medications and the success of them feeling a positive affect from taking those medications, but I would say it really just increases their belief that they’re actually going to be working.

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