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Treating Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)

addiction - we can helpThrough an individualized, therapeutic approach, Inspire Malibu offers advanced treatment options to those suffering from co-occurring disorders, such as Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD) and substance addiction. Through the evidence based psychosocial treatment options offered at Inspire Malibu, your co-occurring disorder becomes conquerable.

OCD is a type of anxiety disorder.

As a dual diagnosis treatment center, Inspire Malibu can accurately diagnose your co-occurring disorder, while offering dual treatment options. OCD is best treated when medication and therapy coincide. A medicated patient can benefit the most from accompanying their medication treatment with behavioral and cognitive therapy work. While outpatient care may prove to subside some of the symptoms of OCD temporarily, inpatient care proves to be the most effective in treating the disorder.

Those who suffer from obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) experience unwanted, invasive thoughts and emotions that often control their everyday lives. Individuals who have OCD feel obligated to repeat the same behavior over and over again, to satisfy the intrusive thoughts within. Unlike most obsessions, the majority of individuals with OCD are aware that their behaviors are irrational, but feel compelled to perform the action anyways. These obsessions control their lives.


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Diagnosing Obsessive Compulsive Disorder

treating OCD as a brain conditionAs one of the more difficult disorders to detect, OCD in accompaniment with substance abuse becomes inherently more difficult to diagnose, and far more dangerous for the suffering individual. Many individuals seek drugs or alcohol to control their symptoms, consciously hiding their disorder from others. The temporary liberation an individual with OCD experiences from self-medicating with drugs or alcohol can lead to fatal consequences. With obsessive behaviors already present in the brain, relieving the co-occurring disorder can be challenging, without the right help.

The Symptoms

Here is a list of some of the major symptoms of OCD;

  • Excessive cleanliness
  • Aversion to particular numbers
  • Relationship based symptoms – This may include questioning their current relationship
  • Nervous rituals – This may include turning the light switch on and off 5 times
  • Hoarding
  • Preoccupation with sexual, violent, or religious thoughts and images s

Famous People with OCD

In the film, “As Good As It Gets,” Jack Nicholson’s character suffers from OCD. In the film, he has an aversion with the number 5, and insists on turning each lock on the door five times and turning each light switch on and off five times. Comedian, actor, and television host, Howie Mandel, suffers from both ADHD and OCD. Mandel attributes his years of success and ability to control his co-occurring disorder to regular behavioral and cognitive therapy and medication.


Many individuals with OCD look for alternative coping mechanisms to control their obsessive behaviors, many turning to drugs and alcohol for a sense of relief.

  • According to the National Survey on Drug Use and Health, nearly 9 million individuals who abuse drugs or alcohol have a mental health disorder as well.
  • Only about 7% of those individuals receive treatment for their co-occurring disorder.
  • The Journal of Anxiety concluded that 25% of patients seeking treatment for OCD also met the diagnostic requirements for substance abuse disorder.
  • A tragic 23% of individuals with co-occurring disorders feel hopeless and do not seek treatment.
  • 33% of individuals show signs of symptoms during childhood, but are left untreated or misdiagnosed until adulthood.


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