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Autism Spectrum Disorder

Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) was originally considered a rare childhood concern, but it is now known to be a lifelong condition that persists into adulthood and requires consistent management. ASD includes several developmental disorders that vary in severity — hence the use of the term “spectrum” to describe their effects. In both adults and children, ASD is characterized by difficulty communicating and interacting. Many people with ASD dislike spontaneity, have repetitive habits, show very strong interest in specific topics and struggle to understand and process emotions. Most instances of ASD are manageable on a day-to-day basis, especially when a child becomes better able to express themselves and develop means of communicating that work for them. Adults with ASD are typically able to lead self-sustaining lives, but often have difficulties with interpersonal skills and relationships.

Autism Spectrum Disorder and Addiction

Those with ASD typically tend to be reserved and cautious, which leads them to generally avoid social situations where drugs and alcohol are involved. However, while ASD itself is not necessarily strongly linked to addiction, it is often linked to other mental disorders that do correlate to addiction, like depression, anxiety or a personality disorder. Additionally, due to the habit-forming qualities of ASD, if addiction does develop it has the potential to be particularly intense. If someone with ASD becomes accustomed to having a substance in their life — whether it is a prescription drug or an illicit substance — it becomes part of their routine, which can be extremely difficult and even distressing for them to break. The habitual quality of addiction makes withdrawal a difficult time for those with ASD, and those with a dual diagnosis of ASD and addiction often need extra care and guidance during this time.

Treating Autism Spectrum Disorder and Addiction

Treating a dual diagnosis of ASD and addiction presents very specific challenges. ASD often results in unusual behavior and communication patterns, which means that treating those with ASD using traditional addiction recovery methods isn’t always effective. Socialization and emotional processing, in particular, tend to work differently for those with ASD, which means that talk therapy, community-building activities and support groups can be difficult rather than helpful. If you or your loved one is seeking treatment for co-occurring addiction and ASD, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration suggests looking for a facility that offers cognitive behavioral therapy (sometimes called CBT), integrates medical services, has a staff qualified to treat mental health disorders and uses motivational tactics.

Autism Spectrum Disorder Support at Villa Tranquil

Villa Tranquil’s staff has years of experience as both mental health counselors and addiction recovery professionals. We are prepared to address several co-occurring mental disorders during your treatment with us, ASD included. We know that everyone’s path to recovery is different and that dual diagnoses present particular obstacles to overcome. Our women’s counseling and therapy programs are designed to meet your needs, even when they are complex. Our amenities include:

  • 24/7 staff
  • One-on-one and group therapy resources
  • Socialization and boundary-setting workshops
  • Daily scheduling assistance
  • Elective group activities and trips
  • Independent living skills

We understand that your ASD can mean you may need particular things during your recovery, like space from others or a counselor you can connect with. Our staff is accessible 24/7, which means that no matter when complications arise, someone will be there to help. Everyone deserves a successful recovery, and we’re dedicated to providing you with whatever tools you need to prevent relapse.

Contact Villa Tranquil

Our private and peaceful Jupiter Farms, Florida location makes Villa Tranquil and ideal setting for recovery from addiction. Our treatment programs are available to women ages 18 to 65 who are struggling with addiction to drugs or alcohol and for those with dual diagnoses of addiction and a mental health disorder. If you or your loved one is seeking treatment for addiction in the presence of ASD, we encourage you to call Villa Tranquil to find out if our programs are right for you. Contact us today at 866-697-7573 to learn more about the recovery resources available to you.