Diagnosis of Co-occurring Dependencies
Frequently patients present with more than one dependence on substances. The doctor will help make this diagnosis and then suggest what is to be done about the co-occurring dependency. For example, cigarette smoking may be treated at the same time or at some other time. This needs to be a joint decision between the doctor and patient.
Treatment of Co-occurring Dependencies
The doctor has knowledge of treatments for co-occurring dependencies and will recommend these to the patient as he becomes aware of the co-occurring diagnosis. Examples of treatments for co-occurring dependencies include supportive psychotherapy, motivational enhancement, and medications, such as Revia for alcoholism or Varenicline for smoking.