Guide to Mental Health and Substance Abuse

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Mental health and substance abuse are two sides of the same coin. Not only do millions suffer simultaneously from mental health issues and drug or alcohol addiction, but some of their clinical elements are the same. Mental health disorders such as anxiety or depression often lead to substance abuse, and the opposite is also true.

For individuals who struggle with their mental health and addiction, this presents an enormous challenge. The two conditions can feed off each other in unpredictable ways. Whether you need help for your mental health, substance abuse, or both, the only solution is to seek treatment, beginning with drug and alcohol detox. The staff at Summit Detox can help guide you.

The Connection Between Mental Health and Substance Abuse

Research has established a definitive link between mental health and substance abuse. While science is not yet ready to declare that one causes the other, it is clear that there are certain common risk factors.

For example, genetics can be a factor in both mental health issues and substance abuse, particularly when substance abuse starts at a young age. Mental illness can also create pathways for people to become addicted. When faced with anxiety, depression, or other disorders, people crave relief. They may find it temporarily in drugs or alcohol. But using substances to mask mental health issues can initiate a cycle leading to physical dependence.

Finally, substance abuse changes the chemical makeup of the brain substantially enough to trigger the onset of mental health issues. Whether it’s for mental health issues, substance abuse, or both, professional treatment can help.

Types of Mental Health Issues

Mental health conditions can co-occur with the abuse of almost any substance and in almost any combination. Some of the most common mental health issues to coexist with substance abuse include:

  • Depression and bipolar disorder
  • Attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)
  • Psychotic illness
  • Borderline personality disorder
  • Antisocial personality disorder

Treating these disorders alongside substance abuse requires special, focused attention. The steps involved in treatment typically begin with drug and alcohol detox.

Treatment for Co-Occurring Disorders

When someone has a mental health condition and substance abuse problem at the same time, it has a special designation in medicine called a “co-occurring” or “dual-diagnosis” disorder. Doctors have recognized that these are increasingly common. In fact, substance abuse itself is classified as a condition of mental health.

Researchers know that a high percentage of people with one condition are at greater risk of experiencing the other condition. Individuals with co-occurring disorders require a special approach to treatment.

For years doctors addressed the two conditions separately. More recently, the best thinking is that co-occurring disorder treatment needs to be integrated and consecutive, starting with drug treatment.

Get help for the conditions you’re experiencing so you can return to a life of sobriety and happiness.

Mental Health and Substance Abuse Treatment at Summit Detox

Mental health issues and substance abuse have devastating consequences for the individual and society alike. If you or a loved one is struggling with a mental illness such as anxiety, depression, or substance abuse, it’s important to get help. The important first step in substance abuse treatment is detox. Summit Detox is a 20-bed drug and alcohol detox center that helps clients step down from their addictions and move onto the next phases of treatment.

Our accredited staff supports men and women 18 years and older with their mental health and substance abuse. You will emerge from our medically supervised facility in the right frame of mind to continue treatment. Safe, secure, and confidential, Summit Detox is devoted to helping you build a bright, stable, and sober future. As a member of the Transformation Treatment Center family, we offer a continuity of care from detox through outpatient treatment, so you can recover physically, emotionally, and spiritually. Take the first step today by contacting Summit Detox at 866.341.0638.

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