Behavioral Disorders and Addiction: Why Treatment is Important for Both



There are many kinds of behavioral disorders. In fact, you may not even realize that someone you know may have it. You may think that they’re acting strange or have always been different since childhood. What you may not realize is that they’re like that because they have behavioral disorders.

What are behavioral disorders?

Behavioral disorders are characterized by disruptive behavior that often starts in childhood. This is why they are also considered as developmental problems.

They also often overlap with mental health problems. Like in dual diagnosis of mental health issues and addictions, those with behavioral disorders may also develop addiction. This is because those with behavioral disorders may seek substances or may develop habits in order to cope.

The exact cause of why behavioral disorders develop or occur is still unknown. However, genetics and environment and childhood may have their influences. There are also those who develop disorders as an adults because the disorder was not managed as a child.

Behavioral disorders include Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), anxiety disorders, eating disorders, cutting or self-harm, and Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD).

Symptoms and Treatment

Those with behavioral disorders often have the following symptoms:

  • Easily annoyed
  • Often and easily nervous
  • Having anger management problems
  • Easily incited to aggression or even violence
  • Antisocial behavior
  • Refusing to follow rules; always questioning authority
  • Having frequent temper tantrums
  • Inability to handle challenging situations
  • Easily frustrated


It’s important that these symptoms are managed especially when substance abuse is involved. There are rehab centers such as ours at Bridges of Hope, that can handle dual diagnosis that includes behavioral disorders and addiction. We help treat both disorders simultaneously through a personalized and well-rounded treatment program designed for the specific needs of the patient.

In-patient rehab treatment, such as those provided by Bridges of Hope, is ideal for those with dual diagnosis. The patient will live in a treatment facility, away from triggers, and have a secure and safe place to stay. Here, they can focus on their treatment process. They also have support staff like the program, medical, and psychological staff to support them whenever necessary.

Bridges of Hope’s in-patient or residential rehab also allows the client to receive intensive therapy every day, so that they can focus on learning new coping skills.

Are you in need of rehab services for addiction and behavioral disorders? Let us at Bridges of Hope help you out.

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