Co-Occurring Disorders

In 2012, more than 16 percent of all Iowans aged 18 or older had a mental illness according to the 2012 National Survey on Drug Use and Health, an annual survey released by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA).

UCS Healthcare offers mental health care services (therapy) to individuals with or without substance abuse issues. Contact us today for more information or to schedule an appointment.

What is a Co-Occurring Disorder?

Co-Occurring Disorders, formerly known as Dual Diagnosis, describes the presence of two or more disorders in the same person. In this case, it refers to a person who has been diagnosed with both mental health and substance use disorders.

Is this a common occurrence?

According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness, roughly 50 percent of individuals with severe mental disorders are affected by substance abuse. Additionally, research in 2010 found that 25.8 percent of people using illicit drugs also had a mental illness, more than double the 12.1 percent of people using drugs who did not have mental illness. (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, 2010 National Survey)

What are the benefits of using integrated treatment for co-occurring disorders?

  • Integrated treatment consists of the same behavioral health professionals, working in one setting, providing appropriate treatment for both mental health and substance abuse in a coordinated fashion.
  • Using an integrated model to treat co-occurring disorders means that one disorder does not present as “primary” and that mental health and substance use disorder issues are treated simultaneously.
  • Research has shown that integrated treatment of co-occurring disorders can:
    • reduce the need for coordination with other agencies;
    • empower the client to treat their own illness and manage their own recovery;
    • often leads to a higher satisfaction of care.

How does UCS implement integrated treatment for co-occurring disorders?

UCS screens all incoming clients for mental health concerns and illness as a part of our intake assessment.

  • If a patient meets the criteria for a mental health disorder, they will be referred to a UCS Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC) who will do further screening.
  • Patients who meet criteria will be placed in co-occurring disorder specific groups that educate on both substance use disorder and mental health issues.
  • Patients will also meet individually with the LMHC as needed.
Locations where these services are available

Des Moines

Address

UCS Healthcare
4908 Franklin Avenue
Des Moines, IA 50310
United States

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Location Hours
Sunday: Closed
Monday - Thursday: 6:00 am-8:30 pm
Friday: 6:00 am-5:00 pm
Saturday: 6:00 am-11:30 am
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Knoxville

Address

UCS Healthcare
813 N. Lincoln Street, Suite #15
Knoxville, IA 50138
United States

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Location Hours
Sunday: Closed
Monday: 7:00 am-4:00 pm
Tuesday: 10:00 am-7:00 pm
Wednesday: 9:00 am-7:00 pm
Thursday: 8:00 am-5:00 pm
Friday - Saturday: Closed
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Ankeny

Address

UCS Healthcare
406 S.W. School St
Neveln Center Building, Suite 201
Ankeny, IA 50023
United States

Phone
Location Hours
Sunday: Closed
Monday: 9:30 am-6:30 pm
Tuesday - Wednesday: 9:30 am-6:30 pm //Door locked at 5:00 p.m., please knock for assistance.
Thursday: 9:30 am-6:30 pm
Friday: 8:00 am-5:00 pm
Saturday: Closed
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