Co-Occurring Disorders

Mental and substance use conditions often co-occur. In other words, individuals with substance use conditions often have a mental health condition at the same time and
vice versa.

• Approximately 8.9 million adults have co-occurring mental and substance use disorders
• Only 7.4 percent of individuals receive treatment for both conditions with 55.8 percent receiving no treatment at all.

There are many consequences of undiagnosed, untreated, or undertreated co-occurring disorders including higher likelihood of experiencing:

• Homelessness
• Incarceration
• Medical illnesses
• Suicide
• Early Mortality

Integrated treatment works

Integrated treatment that addresses mental and substance use conditions at the same time is associated with lower costs and better outcomes such as:

• Reduced substance use
• Improved psychiatric symptoms and functioning
• Decreased hospitalization
• Increased housing stability
• Fewer arrests
• Improved quality of life

Building a strong service system for individuals with co-occurring disorders includes involving clients and their families in the service planning, assessment and treatment process.

For more information about these services, contact Teddi Krochman, LCSW,
Executive Director, at (630) 897-1003 or email
Breaking Free has been accredited
by CARF International for its Intensive Outpatient Adolescent and Adult Integrated treatment programs, Outpatient Adolescent and Adult Integrated treatment programs, Alcohol and Other Drug Prevention programs, and Family Based child abuse prevention programs.

Breaking Free, Inc.
120 Gale St.
Aurora, IL 60506
Phone (630) 897-1003   Fax (630) 897-1042

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