At the Jubilee Centre, we have a strong focus on concurrent disorder treatment and very involved in the ongoing recovery process and in the prevention of relapses.

Concurrent disorders are more common than one would think…

The most common combinations are:

substance use disorders + anxiety disorders
substance use disorders + mood disorders.

This type of disorder is a condition in which a person experiences both mental illness and a substance abuse disorder. Concurrent disorders include a wide range of combinations, such as an anxiety disorder and a drinking problem, or schizophrenia and cannabis dependence.

According to the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health: “A person with a mental health problem has a higher risk of having a substance use problem, just as a person with a substance use problem has an increased chance of having a mental health problem. People who have combined, or concurrent, substance use and mental health problems are said to have concurrent disorders.

Concurrent disorders can include combinations such as:

  • an anxiety disorder and a drinking problem
  • schizophrenia and cannabis dependence
  • borderline personality disorder and heroin dependence
  • depression and dependence on sleeping pills.

Many other concurrent disorders are possible, because there are many types of mental health and substance use problems. A note about language In this information guide, we use the phrases “substance use problem” or “mental health problem” to describe the broad range of situations, from mild to severe, that a person with concurrent disorders may experience. We use the phrases “substance use disorder” or “mental health disorder” only where the text refers to a specific diagnosis.”

For the complete CAMH document on Concurrent Disorders, please go here for more details.