Obsessive Compulsive Disorder

Obsessive Compulsive Disorder in Conjunction With Addiction

Conditions like Obsessive Compulsive Disorder often co-occur with substance abuse; Treatment at New Method Wellness provides a secure, tranquil environment from which patients and clinicians can work toward the goal of getting free from addiction and other debilitating symptoms to find healthy tools to balance and maintain a functional lifestyle.

What is Obsessive Compulsive Disorder?

Obsessive compulsive disorder or OCD is a condition which is characterized by unwanted, recurrent thoughts which often include compulsive, repetitive behaviors.

With OCD the sufferer may understand that his or her fears are unrealistic or unreasonable and may try to control them. Unfortunately, the attempt at ignoring or controlling the obsessions only results in further anxiety. Compulsive behaviors serve to soothe the anxiety.

OCD often centers around themes. For example, a person suffering from OCD have an extreme fear of contamination or germs, which results in compulsive acts such as repeatedly washing the hands, refusal to shake hands with others or avoidance of contact with public door knobs, railings or phones. Most often these obsessions are repetitive and thus the compulsions become ritualistic.

In addition to self soothing through compulsive behavior, OCD patients often self medicate through substance abuse.

Treatment of obsessive compulsive disorder in conjunction with addiction at New Method Wellness entails a comprehensive, holistic approach and, as with all dual diagnostic conditions, each patient will work closely with their clinician and staff psychiatrist to outline the best treatment plan for them as an individual. As always, the best therapeutic approach will be taken to suit the patient’s lifestyle and health considerations, severity of the disorder and other co-occurring conditions.