Often times, addiction exists concurrently with one or more co-occurring mental health disorders. One of these is Obsessive Compulsive Disorder.

What is Obsessive Compulsive Disorder?

Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, or OCD is categorized by unreasonable fears and thoughts, or obsessions, which cause someone to perform repetitive actions (also known as compulsions or “rituals”) to alleviate the anxiety. Some people suffering from OCD have only one obsession and accompanying compulsion, while others have many.

What are the symptoms of obsessive compulsive disorder?

Obsessive-compulsive disorder is defined as having one or more obsessions and an accompanying compulsive behavior that is used to alleviate the anxiety surrounding the obsession. Some common OCD categories are:

  • Washers, who are afraid of being contaminated by germs, disease or something similar. These people typically have compulsions around hand washing or excessively cleaning.
  • Checkers, who often check things repeatedly out of fear for their safety. This includes things like checking that the door is locked, the stove is off or that they unplugged the iron.
  • Hoarders, who fear that something bad will happen if they throw things away. The compulsively hoard things that other people might consider trash.

How does West Coast Rehab treat obsessive compulsive disorder?

Here are West Coast Rehab, our highly skilled staff is trained in the treatment of co-occurring disorders, and we specialize in Dual Diagnosis treatment.

Upon admission, you will do a full clinical assessment with our medical staff to determine the best course of treatment. They will then design an individualized treatment plan to fit your needs. Your clinical team will include a psychiatrist, primary therapist, adjunct therapists and additional team members as deemed necessary. Your treatment plan will include full medication management combined with evidence-based treatment programs to help you manage the symptoms of both your obsessive compulsive disorder AND addiction.