Addictions Treatment and Recovery Services
Co-Occurring Disorders (COD)
The Tennessee Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services (TDMHSAS) uses the term "co-occurring disorders" to describe a person, or service recipient, as having at least one mental disorder (MD) along with a substance use disorder (SUD) co-occurring at the same time. The term co-occurring disorders is often used interchangeably with the term dual diagnosis, co-morbidity, concurrent disorders, and double trouble. "Co-occurring disorders" is becoming the prevalent term and is therefore the "term of choice" for TDMHSAS.
People, or service recipients, with a combined mental disorder (depression, bipolar disorder, anxiety disorder, psychotic disorder, etc.) and substance use disorder (alcohol and/or drugs) are a fast growing segment of residents in our communities. Co-occurring disorders are more common than one might think:
Increasingly, the nation and the State of Tennessee is recognizing that existing systems of care designed to treat people, or service recipients, with single diagnoses are less effective for people, or service recipients, with co-occurring disorders. Proper diagnosis and treatment are critical to recovery since symptoms of mental disorders and substance use disorders worsen over time. Treating co-occurring disorders integratively will cut down on relapse and enhance recovery for people with co-occurring disorders. So in an effort to address this issue, TDMHSAS is active in developing strategies to better serve the co-occurring disorders person, or service recipient, and their family in Tennessee. TDMHSAS is committed to:
For more information about co-occurring disorders please contact Ken Horvath in the Tennessee Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services (TDMHSAS), Division of Substance Abuse Services.