Addressing Co-Occurring Disorders and the Need for Mental Health Care

Mental health is a "state of well-being in which the individual realizes his or her own abilities, can cope with the normal stresses of life, can work productively and fruitfully, and is able to make a contribution to his or her community." - World Health Organization. When individuals are free of anxiety, fear, excessive stress, addictions, and other psychological problems, they are able to live life to the fullest. WestCare understands the importance of mental health care and makes it an aspect of all programs offered.

Symptoms of substance abuse or addiction often mask symptoms of mental illness. In the same way, symptoms of mental illness can be confused with symptoms of addiction. It is important to understand that mental and substance use conditions often occur together; this is diagnosed as having co-occurring disorders. According to SAMHSA, approximately 8.9 million adults have co-occurring disorders, but only 7.4 percent of individuals receive treatment for both conditions with 55.8 percent receiving no treatment at all.

WestCare understands the need for integrated treatment addressing co-occurring disorders and is committed to providing mental health services, crisis intervention, wellness planning, & continuing support to every client served.

WestCare offers programs specifically for mental health and wellness. These programs develop and increase a sense of purpose, value and hope for individuals with severe and persistent mental illness. They provide intensive treatment that emphasizes the targeted development of skills and support that clients will need to successfully navigate their environments. WestCare supports recovery by encouraging clients to move ahead with their lives and to build an environment of support and relationships. Examples of a programs such as these include: Florida's Personal Growth Center of the Guidance/Care Center and The Village South Outpatient and California's OPTIONS and SOS Program.