Addiction and mental health problems go hand in hand. The two feed off each other, creating an endless cycle that seemingly can't be broken. Just as mental health disorders make drug and alcohol addiction worse, the addictions themselves tend to exacerbate the addict's mental state.
This co-existence of conditions is referred to as a dual diagnosis. Dual diagnosis treatment, which treats both illnesses and is tailored to fit the patient's needs, helps to increase the patient's odds of a successful recovery. To find out more about the options for dual diagnosis treatment, contact the specialists at Seattle Drug Treatment Centers by calling (206) 508-1364.
When it comes to those that are struggling with a mental health disorder and a drug or alcohol addiction side by side, both problems must be diagnosed together. If one of the two is treated alone, then the chances of recovery are diminished.
As is most often the case, the one left untreated leads to a relapse of the other. A dual diagnosis treatment program can be designed in order to provide patients with the most comprehensive, integrative, and effective treatment possible.
A number of mental health disorders are commonly associated with addiction. These include eating disorders, depression, Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and anxiety.
Eating disorders and addiction are caused by many of the same mental and physical functions. Both bulimia and anorexia are attributed to similar thinking patterns as substance abuse.
Depression is one of the most common mental health disorders associated with addiction. Part of the reason for this is that one of the prime symptoms of drug and alcohol abuse is depression. Another part of the reason is that many people turn to drugs or alcohol to cope with their depressed feelings.
OCD and addiction also go hand in hand. OCD greatly exacerbates drug use, as the same compulsive behaviors are associated with each.
It isn't difficult to see why so many people with PTSD abuse drugs and alcohol. Post-traumatic stress disorder causes intrusive memories, nightmarish flashbacks, and intense anxiety. For many people, substance abuse seems like the only way they can cope with the pain and gain some semblance of control in their lives.
Those suffering from anxiety tend to abuse drugs and alcohol for the same reasons as those with PTSD. These substances are used to numb the anxious feelings and gain control.
Fortunately, much more is known about the relationship between addiction and mental health disorders than ever before. This increased knowledge means that dual diagnosis treatment is much more comprehensive.
When it comes to treatment options, there are a number of great ones available. Most start with inpatient medical detoxification. The process helps wean the patient off the drug of choice while a medical team closely monitors their safety.
After detox, it is common for patients to engage in either inpatient or outpatient therapy. These therapies come in all a variety of forms, from intensive therapy to relapse prevention, medication management and alternative treatment options. This means there is likely one or more that matches both the patient's drug abuse problem and their mental health problem.
Aftercare is another important part of the treatment process for addiction and mental health disorders. These resources are designed to provide long-term help and reduce the likelihood of relapse.
Don't let addiction and mental illness rule your life any longer. Take the first step and get help at Seattle Drug Treatment Centers. Call today at (206) 508-1364 for more information and to find the various rehab options.