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It involves an integrated approach that addresses both the mental health disorder and substance use disorder. This approach often involves cognitive behavioral therapy strategies to boost interpersonal and coping skills, motivational enhancement therapy, contingency management, and 12-stepThe treatment for co-occurring disorders facilitation. Integrated care is recommended, and an integrated residential treatment program that includes mental health care, substance abuse interventions, housing assistance, and other supportive services can be effective.

Intensive individual therapy with a psychiatrist or therapist to address the symptoms and challenges of the psychiatric disorder, behavioral therapies, and medication can also be used to treat co-occurring disorders.