Concurrent Mental Illness

Many Canadians struggle with mental health disorders, such as depression or anxiety. Some turn to substances like alcohol or opioids to cope with their mental health. 

They may reach for things to feel different or better.  This can create a cycle of dependence as poor mental health can lead to substance use and substance use can lead to poor mental health.  It is important for people living with a concurrent disorder to get help for both their substance use and mental health issues. The Canadian Health Recovery Centre provides compassionate, evidence-based treatment for the following mental health disorders at our private rehab facility for men in Peterborough, Ontario:


Around 3.3 million Canadians will suffer from major depression at some point in their lives. Depression is defined by CAMH as “a complex mood disorder caused by various factors, including genetic predisposition, personal stress, and brain chemistry”. People struggling with depression may experience loss of interest in normal activities, decreased energy, changes in sleep or appetite, feelings of hopelessness, difficulty concentrating, and suicidal thoughts. The skilled team at CHRC treats depression and co-occurring substance use disorders.

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CAMH defines anxiety as a “distress in a person’s life to the point that it negatively affects his or her ability to work or study, socialize and manage daily tasks”. The underlying reasons for anxiety can include a history of abuse, trauma, or other factors. We help clients explore and understand these causes and better manage and cope with their anxiety—often without mind-altering medications.

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CAMH defines Trauma as “Trauma is the lasting emotional response that often results from living through a distressing event.”  Many people with Trauma can turn to substance use as a coping mechanism. People with Trauma re-experience a traumatic event or series of events through frequent upsetting thoughts, memories, or nightmares. They may startle easily and others have hyperarousal symptoms. They may also have negative thoughts and beliefs, and they may use avoidance techniques like keeping busy to avoid thinking about the event(s). The team at CHRC offers therapies specifically designed to help clients manage Trauma symptoms.

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Panic disorder

Panic disorders, as defined by CAMH, “refers to recurrent, unexpected panic attacks, that are followed by at least one month of:

  • constant concern about having another panic attack or the consequences of a panic attack (e.g., having a heart attack), and/or
  • significant behaviour changes related to the attacks (e.g., avoiding exercise or places for fear of having a panic attack).

A panic attack is a sudden feeling of intense fear or discomfort that peaks within minutes. It includes stressful physical and cognitive symptoms as well as behavioural signs.” People struggling with panic disorder may use substances to cope, which can lead to addiction. The team at CHRC is experienced at treating clients with panic disorder and who abuse substances.

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