- Powered by American Addiction Centers

Find the Best Dual-Diagnosis Recovery Program for Disruptive Disorders and Substance Abuse

Disruptive disorders can be a struggle for patients and their families. As most of these disorders occur when a person is a child or adolescent, the can result in trouble at school, with friends, at jobs, and at home. Interpersonal relationships may not be good, and every day can be a struggle. Fortunately, rehabilitation centers specializing in disruptive disorders and substance abuse can help.

Finding the best rehab and recovery treatment centers for disruptive disorders and substance abuse may seem like a daunting task, but we can help you. Our 24-hour hotline at is available to consult with you about your treatment needs or those of a loved one.

Conduct Disorder and Substance Abuse

Conduct disorder is a childhood and adolescent disorder characterized by long-term behavior issues such as impulsivity, defiance, and criminal activity. Substance use is common and can worsen behavioral problems. Treating substance use problems can significantly improve other symptoms. The FDA has reported that between 6-16% of male children and 2-9% of female children are believed to have this condition.

Disruptive Behavior Disorder NOS and Substance Abuse

Disruptive behavior disorder (NOS-not otherwise specified) is a term used when a pattern of troublesome behavior does not meet the criteria of a conduct or disruptive disorder. However, a child or adolescent may have symptoms of one or both disruptive disorders. Some of these symptoms include:
  • Temper tantrums.
  • Vengeful behavior.
  • Bullying.
  • Stealing.
  • Lying.
  • Aggression.

Early intervention brings a better prognosis. This means that the quicker a child is treated for these disorders, the more likely they are to improve. The same is true for substance problems.

Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD) and Substance Abuse Issues

Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD) is characterized by a pattern of hostile, defiant and disobedient behavior toward authority figures or for a period of at least 6 months.

Individual and family therapy are two effective treatment options for ODD. When substance abuse is also a problem, substance-specific treatment should also be included. In most cases, treating the substance abuse problem will help reduce some of the behavioral symptoms of the disruptive disorder.

Treatment for Disruptive Disorders and Substance Abuse

therapyTreating co-occurring disruptive disorders and addiction begins with detoxification from substances. Tapering programs and medications may be used to help the patient stop drug or alcohol abuse.

For dual-diagnosis patient (those with 2 primary issues at the same time) an inpatient therapy center can be especially helpful. They offer 24-hour care to the child or adolescent so there will always be a doctor, nurse, therapist or other personnel nearby.

In treatment, the child or teen typically attends individual talk therapy, behavior therapy programs, and group therapies. These programs help children and teens learn ways to manage emotions without defiance or aggression. Some of the additional therapy options usually offered in treatment centers include:

  • Family therapy.
  • Art therapy.
  • Music therapy.
  • Recreational therapy
  • Nutrition therapy.

You can ask about the recovery programs that are offered at the clinic of your choice when you call. Many offer a variety of choices that a patient may enjoy, so the person will be able to focus on getting healthy while completing the chosen program.

If you are, or a loved one is, struggling with disruptive disorders as well as substance abuse issues, contact us at . We want to help you find a rehabilitation center you can trust and that offers the care you need.