Diagnosis of Co-occurring Dependencies

Multiple AddictionsFrequently 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

Overcoming AddictionThe 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.