Substance Abuse and Mental Health Disorders
For the millions of people struggling with substance abuse and mental health disorders such as anxiety, bipolar, depression or a personality disorder; it is never an easy road to recovery. In fact, studies show that many people entering detox treatment for drug and alcohol abuse didn’t know that they also had mental illness disorder. However, with the appropriate treatment and care; recovery is possible.
What is Dual Diagnosis?
Dual Diagnosis (or co-occurring disorder) is what it is called when a person has a mental health disorder and drug and/or alcohol abuse. In dual diagnosis, each disorder will present its own set of symptoms that may prohibit the individual from normal function and also be a stumbling block to recovery. In Dual Diagnosis each problem counteracts the other and can result in a relapse. Further, it is not uncommon for the symptoms of substance abuse to conceal the symptoms of the mental health disorder.
Which Comes First: Mental Health Disorder or Substance Abuse?
It is not uncommon for people with mental health disorders to alcohol have substance abuse, but having one does not result in having the other. Many people struggling with anxiety or depression will turn to self-medicating with alcohol or drugs, which will make the symptoms – especially in the case of depression – worse.
Treatment for Mental Health Disorders and Substance Abuse
Treatment for co-occurring mental health and substance abuse disorders require an integrated treatment that addresses both problems at the same time. Depending on the severity and type of substance abuse, many will benefit from a medical detox treatment that addresses the withdrawal symptoms that often occur when drug and alcohol abuse are stopped. If you need detox treatment, IV therapy medical detox is seen as the best method because it allows the medication to be adjusted to meet the withdrawal symptoms, keeping the patient comfortable throughout the process. Studies show that patients who are comfortable throughout detox are more likely to successfully complete the process. Moreover, patients who complete detox are more likely to be successful in their sobriety. However, many will not get the help they need. According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), close to 70 percent of persons with substance abuse also mental health disorder and almost 50 percent of persons with mental health issues also have drug and/or alcohol abuse. Are you or a loved one struggling with a mental health disorder and substance abuse? Gallus Detox Center is here to help. Call today at 855-338- 6929 to speak with an admission specialist. All calls are confidential.