Research from the National Institute on Drug Abuse has shown that 6 in 10 individuals who suffer from substance abuse also have at least one mental illness. Many suffer from anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, post-traumatic stress (PTS), and other mood disorders. Because of this, substance abuse treatment for many must also include treatment for mental illness. There has been substantial research that indicates that individuals who are suffering from addiction and have a co-occurring mental illness have better outcomes when their disorders are treated together with a combination of therapies and medication.
The Connection Between Substance Abuse And Mental Illness
Substance abuse and mental illness are frequently experienced together, and the relationship is cyclical. Individuals with co-occurring disorders are likely to use alcohol or drugs to combat symptoms of their mental illness. This is particularly the case for those who don’t have their mental illness managed effectively. As well, drug or alcohol abuse can lead to the development of mental health issues partly because of the depletion of neurotransmitter chemicals in the brain. Treatment for co-occurring disorders can be particularly challenging because psychiatric symptoms are often covered up by the use of substances. This is compounded by the fact that the process of detoxification can also resemble mental illness. In a study conducted by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), researchers found that less than 10 percent of those suffering from co-occurring disorders get treatment. While this number is small, it is increasing as more healthcare professionals, as well as the general public become more aware of the connection between addiction and mental illness. For those who enter into a dual diagnosis treatment program, the chance of sustaining recovery is substantially greater than for those who enter into a recovery program that doesn’t address underlying mental illness.
Dual Diagnosis Treatment In Northern CA
At Summit Estate, our inpatient program includes individualized co-occurring disorders treatment for both substance abuse and mental illness. At our dual diagnosis treatment center in northern, CA, each client receives the care they need to start on their journey to recovery, along with mental health treatment to provide a strong foundation for long-term recovery. If you or a loved one needs help with co-occurring disorders, contact Summit Estate Recovery Center today.
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