Nearly nine million people in the U.S. affected with substance abuse also have mental and emotional illness. Many of these individuals desperately need help for their alcohol and drug abuse, but are not aware that they can go to detox. Individuals with mental illness may be struggling with bipolar, depression, anxiety and personality disorders while at the same time dealing with alcohol, prescription painkiller, marijuana, heroin or some other drug abuse. Making the decision to get help is difficult, but when you are ready, you may need treatment for both your mental illness and your substance abuse.
Dual Diagnosis is a Real Issue for Many
For persons with mental illness and alcohol and drug abuse (comordibity or dual diagnosis), the combination of these issues reduces their ability to function in their daily activities. Each problem counteracts the other and can result in a relapse. It is not uncommon for the symptoms of substance abuse to hide the symptoms of mental illness and vice versa. In many cases mental illness is seen as the conduit for alcohol and drug addiction. As the mental illness worsens, the person may self medicate, which can cause the substance abuse to spin out of control.
Detox May Be Needed
Detox is necessary for some individuals. Depending on the type of substance abuse that you have; how long the substance abuse has been occurring and the amount of the substance abuse, detox may be needed to help you get better. It is best that you consult a doctor to help you in making the decision. If you do need to detox, IV therapy medical detox is seen as the best detox for individuals with mental or emotional illness. Intravenous therapy is important because it allows the medication protocol to be increased or decreased to meet your withdrawal symptoms which will keep you comfortable. Studies show that patients who are comfortable throughout the detoxification process are more likely to complete the detox. Further, patients who complete detox are more likely to be successful in their sobriety than individuals who are not able to complete detox.
Tragically, a vast number of individuals that have mental illness and substance abuse do not always receive the help that they need. According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, nearly 70 percent of people with alcohol and drug abuse also have a mental illness while at least 50 percent of individuals that have mental illness also have substance abuse. A person struggling with mental illness and drug or alcohol addiction is considered to have dual diagnosis and should seek treatment from a facility that can help with both the substance addiction and the mental illness. SAMHSA also reported that at least 50 percent of individuals that struggle with mental illness and drug and alcohol abuse will not get the help they need. If you or someone you know are struggling with an alcohol or drug addiction and are in need of detox, Gallus Detox Centers can help. Gallus Detox Centers specializes in IV therapy medical detox, a safer and more effective method for detox from alcohol and drugs and will provide you with a customized plan to meet your individual needs. Call Gallus Medical Detox Centers today at 855-338-6929, to see if our treatment program is right for you.