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When individuals struggle with drug or alcohol abuse, the source of this is often a mental health issue like depression or anxiety. People frequently use drugs or alcohol as a sort of self-medication, believing that the substances somehow relieve their distress. This can be true, superficially, but soon it becomes clear that substance abuse only masks the underlying issues causing emotional or physical pain. To help individuals overcome their addiction, treatment professionals also need to address the underlying mental health issue. This treatment approach can be referred to as “co-occurring disorders treatment” or “co-occurring treatment.” Our co-occurring therapy at TruHealing Baltimore helps clients heal from addiction and any mood disorders they may be experiencing.

Co-occurring substance abuse issues can play a significant role in determining the addiction treatment necessary to heal. Our team designs a treatment plan around those specific mental health needs if clients need care for co-occurring disorders. Severe mental health disorders can be debilitating; our priority at TruHealing Baltimore is to give access to all of the care necessary to heal and recover. During each level of care, clients will have access to psychiatric care and the proper medications to keep them well.

What Are Co-Occurring Disorders?

Lady looking over the edge of an apartment balcony smilingCo-occurring disorders occur when two illnesses coexist simultaneously in the same person. When it comes to co-occurring, this usually involves a substance use disorder and a mental health issue. Often, individuals who abuse drugs and alcohol are more susceptible to developing depression or anxiety disorders, or a personality disorder. Simultaneously, many individuals who turn to substance abuse do so because they are unwittingly struggling with a mental health issue. This underlying mental health issue drives the person to abuse alcohol or drugs to self-medicate.

It matters less which condition came first or caused the other than it does to recognize both conditions are present and need to be addressed simultaneously. Studies indicate that roughly half the people suffering from a mental health issue will also experience substance abuse. It is nearly impossible to determine which happened first or which caused the other. Some of the factors that may contribute to mental health and substance abuse occurring together include:

  • Genetics: Studies indicate that certain genes can contribute to a person’s risk of having both a mental illness and a substance abuse disorder. Genes also affect how people react to specific drugs, for example, if marijuana or cocaine will make them feel especially good or not.
  • Mental Illness can contribute to substance abuse disorders: Mental health issues can contribute to the risk of substance abuse. Depression, anxiety, and other issues can lead people to self-medicate with drugs or alcohol to overcome negative emotions.
  • Substance abuse contributes to mental health issues: Substance abuse can change the brain to make it more susceptible to mental health conditions.

Co-Occurring Disorders Therapy and Treatment

Because of the high incidence of mental health issues and substance abuse, patients seeking help for substance abuse should have an assessment to see if they have mental health issues. Mental health and substance abuse are both treated using several different behavioral therapies, including:

  • Cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT): Helps patients to understand their harmful beliefs and behaviors.
  • Dialectical behavior therapy (DBT): Patients identify and alter negative thinking patterns and choose positive behavior changes.
  • Motivational interviewing: A therapeutic approach where individuals learn to discover and set goals for themselves.

Treatment for mental health issues and substance abuse may also require medication.

Start Your Recovery at TruHealing Baltimore

Millions of individuals  struggle with depressive disorders every year. Similarly, millions turn to substances like drugs or alcohol to help them through their emotional and mental health issues. However, this is extremely risky and can lead to addiction. At TruHealing in Baltimore, Maryland, we understand to achieve a full and lasting recovery individuals need to resolve their mental health and addiction issues simultaneously. Our co-occurring treatment is one way we help clients heal. Reach out to us today at 833.782.2241 to learn more.

Why TruHealing Baltimore?

TruHealing Baltimore is your partner for recovery. We are ready to give you or your loved one everything they need for recovery that stands the test of time. The only requirement is a little hope and enough willingness to try. The sober, happy and peaceful life you’re imagining is much closer than you imagine. Give us a call (833) 782-2241 and we can start moving in the right direction. 

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Kathy Michelle Hill

Clinical Director

I am a National Certified Counselor with expertise in addiction and criminal justice. I am a member of PSI CHI Honor Society and the Psychology Honor Society.  I have also been recognized by a “Who’s Who Among Students” award.  
My goal for this position is to formulate strategies that will improve the clinical team’s performance, for both clinical and client success. It is rewarding to me to support clients through role modeling, positive motivation, and determination. 

My goal for this position is to formulate strategies that will improve the clinical team’s performance, for both clinical and client success. It is rewarding to me to support clients through role modeling, positive motivation, and determination. 

I am a helper by nature. My most pleasurable moments in life are helping others who have experienced adversity and who are seeking guidance to improve their lives.  

Kathy Michelle Hill, LCPC, NCC, CSC-AD, is the Clinical Director at TruHealing Baltimore. Hill received a BS in psychology from Tuskegee University in 1993, a MS degree in Criminal Justice from the University of Baltimore in 2006, and a MA in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from the Chicago School of Professional Psychology in 2020. Hill is currently a PhD student in Applied Behavior Analysis at the Chicago School of Professional Psychology and is expected to graduate in 2026.  

Stacy Decker
Director of Operations

I joined the team at TruHealing Hagerstown in 2020. Before starting my current position, I worked as an administrator in outpatient surgical care, and then joined an ambulatory surgery center development company as Regional Director.  I enjoy using my medical background and business knowledge—in conjunction with my personal experiences in recovery—to encourage and support clients seeking treatment.

Abstinence and recovery are an integral part of my life. Being able to help other people who are suffering with a substance use disorder has been a blessing. TruHealing Hagerstown is the only inpatient facility in our community to help people suffering with substance use disorders. It’s incredibly rewarding to give back to my community.

Staci Decker is the Director of Operations at TruHealing Baltimore. 


As we continue to grow Amatus Health, the need to stay competitive and differentiate ourselves in unique ways is crucial. Building creative approaches to reach more people will take our company to new heights. This is why I am pleased to announce that we are officially rebranding. Our new national name, TruHealing Addiction & Mental Health Treatment, will eventually replace Amatus Recovery Centers.

You may be asking, “Why are we doing this?” This new name will give us national uniformity and help brand ourselves as a whole, which will be done in phases. You will still see our existing facility names co-branded with TruHealing for the time being.

Healing is what we do. Everyone who comes through our doors is in a moment of profound struggle in their lives. We support them through a life-changing process of healing and recovery, and they leave our facilities changed. This new name is a representation of that process. As mentioned above, it also allows us to have a national brand, which will make us a recognizable name in the addiction and mental health field.

In summation, these changes present an excellent opportunity for our organization to develop our mission, vision, and purpose. I look forward to prosperous growth as we head in a new and positive direction.


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Mark Gold
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