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Research shows that those struggling with a mental health condition are more likely to have a drug or alcohol addiction than those who do not.
Research shows that those struggling with a mental health condition are more likely to have a drug or alcohol addiction than those who do not. This is known as comorbidity or dual-diagnosis. Data from the National Institute on Drug Abuse indicates as many as 8 million adults have co-occurring mental and substance use disorders. Of the over twenty million adults struggling with a substance use disorder, approximately 40% also have a mental illness. Similarly, of the forty-two million adults with mental illnesses, nearly 205 also had substance use disorders. Unfortunately, many of those who have a co-occurring disorder are unable to (or do not) receive treatment for both diseases. Data from the same National Institute on Drug Abuse survey indicates as few as 9% of adults received both mental healthcare and substance use treatment, and nearly 53% received no treatment of any kind.
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Signs of Substance Abuse and Mental Illness
Mental illness and substance abuse disorders are prevalent across the nation. When people talk about substance abuse and mental illness, they often separate the two into different conversations. However, it is vital to note that addiction is itself a mental illness. Once viewed as a choice or a moral failing, addiction is now defined as a “brain disease” by both the National Institute on Drug Abuse and the American Psychiatric Association. That said, it is also very common for someone to struggle with both addiction and a mental illness unrelated to drugs or alcohol.
Depression, post-traumatic stress disorder, and anxiety are some of the most common conditions shown to co-occur with substance abuse. While it is important to be able to recognize the symptoms of mental illness and substance abuse, it is also essential to realize they share common symptoms. It is also important to note that while one does not necessarily cause the other, one can lead to the other. The use of drugs or alcohol can, in some cases, exacerbate the symptoms of a previously diagnosed or pre-existing (undiagnosed) mental health condition. It can also produce various symptoms that mimic the symptoms of certain mental health conditions. For example, cocaine can produce symptoms that mimic anxiety, and alcohol can produce symptoms often seen in cases of anxiety and depression. Mental health challenges can also lead to substance abuse. When someone struggles with mental health symptoms, it is common to turn to substances as a coping medication. Ongoing self-medication will inevitably lead to a negative relationship with substances.
Many substances act upon the central nervous system. They either stimulate the brain and body to produce symptoms of euphoria and joy or suppress the central nervous system producing sedation and lethargy. When someone struggles with both an addiction and mental health diagnosis, some of these symptoms may be enhanced by their dual diagnosis. For example, suppose someone struggles with depression and alcohol addiction (a combination impacting almost one-third of people with depression). In that case, they may experience heightened feelings of decreased energy, loss of interest in activities, restlessness, changes in appetite, persistent feelings of sadness, or emptiness and excessive guilt. All of these symptoms can be present in cases of depression or addiction but are often worsened by the combination of both.
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When to Get Help for Substance Abuse and Mental Health
At Liberty House, our team of on-site professionals can help you or your loved one navigate the challenges often associated with seeking treatment. Having a dual-diagnosis adds an extra “layer” to potential treatment challenges; however, dual-diagnosis is no longer a barrier to or reason for excluding someone from essential addiction treatment. There is indeed a challenge associated with managing detox while combating the symptoms of a mental health disorder. These challenges can seem overwhelming and scary, but it is essential to seek comprehensive treatment as soon as possible. Research has shown early, comprehensive treatment in an evidence-based treatment program provides the most substantial opportunities for success.
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How to Treat Mental Health and Addiction
For treatment and recovery to be successful, it is essential to treat mental health and substance abuse disorders simultaneously. Several recent studies show that integrated treatment, or dual-diagnosis treatment, is the most effective approach to treating co-occurring conditions. Other studies by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration have shown that combining treatment models from mental health treatment models and addiction treatment models can significantly help reduce relapse rates among individuals who have completed an addiction treatment program. Also, cases of long-term sobriety and recovery (sometimes called “total recovery”) tend to increase when mental health disorders and addiction are addressed in the same treatment program individually designed to meet each patient’s unique treatment needs and goals. These plans must address the behaviors that propagate addiction as well as the symptoms of mental illness that lend themselves to substance use as a coping mechanism.
Each person experiencing a substance abuse disorder and a co-occurring mental health condition will experience different symptoms and require different treatments. Therefore, for treatment to be the most successful, it is necessary to design a specific treatment program centered around their particular needs and goals. There are several forms of therapy that, when appropriately integrated into a comprehensive treatment program, can lead to long-term recovery. Some examples include:
There are a wide variety of evidence-based therapies commonly used for addiction and mental health treatment. These can include cognitive-behavioral therapy, interpersonal therapy, problem-solving therapy, and other conventional therapies. Cognitive-behavioral therapy is often considered the “gold standard” therapy and is, by far, the most commonly used in many treatment settings. Cognitive-behavioral therapy or CBT is a form of treatment that helps people to alter negative thought patterns that contribute to negative or maladaptive behaviors and thoughts. This technique aims to help people examine the environment around them, their behaviors and interactions, and their destructive thought patterns. Once they understand these, they are taught to reframe their thoughts and actions more positively.
There are several different medications used to treat symptoms related to mental illness. It may seem strange to use medications if one is being treated for addiction in addition to mental illness; however, many of these medications are also approved for use in mitigating the symptoms experienced during detox and withdrawal. Several medications are also used to help treat alcohol and opioid dependence and to reduce substance cravings to help make treatment and recovery more successful. While no single drug has been approved by the FDA to treat both depression and substance abuse disorders simultaneously, those with dual-diagnoses appear to respond well to a combination of medications in conjunction with psychotherapy.
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Addiction doesn’t take a day off and neither do we. Liberty House Recovery is available day & night to help navigate you through the pre-admissions process and your personal options for treatment at our program. We work with most major PPO & POS insurance carriers which can help cover most of the costs associated with treatment.
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How Our Treatment Center in Michigan Can Help
The decision to seek treatment of any kind can be challenging. It is difficult to acknowledge you have an addiction and/or mental health concern. Taking the next step to reach out to others for essential, sometimes life-saving treatment and support is a vital piece of your recovery journey.
At our Fenton, Michigan rehab, we provide not only trusted, evidence-based therapies but alternative therapeutic options designed to make your recovery journey more comfortable. At our private location, set on 32 acres, we will guide you throughout the detox and treatment process. At the same time, you will have the opportunity to recover in an environment that features massage, yoga, exercise facilities, a movie theater, and space to meet with and spend time with family during your stay with us.
We understand recovery can be difficult, and the process of learning how to safely cope with symptoms from addiction and mental health disorders can be a slow path. Early and comprehensive treatment is proven to enhance opportunities for long-lasting recovery, sobriety, and overall health and well-being. Don’t let addiction and the challenges of mental health steal another day from you. Reach out to the admission team at Liberty House in Fenton, Michigan, today. Let our team help you begin your recovery journey.
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Recovery from substance abuse may seem like a terrifying concept, but we promise it is worth the work that goes into it. While you attend our treatment program in Michigan, we will work on the core issues that lead to substance abuse and remove any barriers to recovery that exist. Start your journey towards healing and self-discovery at Liberty House Recovery.