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Mental Health Treatment: Dual Diagnosis

Most alcohol and drug addiction rehabilitation facilities offer mental health evaluations and behavioral assistive programs. Typically, mental health and drug abuse usually go hand in hand. 

Sometimes drug abuse can derive from mental health issues. For example, someone with a developmental health issue might get hooked on drugs because they do not have a mental block that tells them to stop.

On the flip side, a person with a drug addiction will sometimes develop mental health issues they never had before. For example, a person who never had a history of panic attacks will trigger them after abusing certain drugs. 

According to a 2018 SAMHSA report, 9 million people in the United States suffer from co-occurring disorders related to substance abuse. Additionally, the report concluded that only 7% of those people get treatment.

Mental Health Treatment: Co-occurring Disorders

Mental health treatment is offered at many facilities. Some of the illnesses addressed:

Anxiety

ADHD

Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder

Depression

Bipolar

Schizophrenia

Personality Disorders

Eating disorders

Changes in Mental Health Might Indicate an Addiction

A person may show signs that they are addicted to alcohol or drugs based on their newly displayed behaviors. Here are examples of some;

Erratic behaviors

Mood swings

Lack of motivation

Emotional detachments

Personality shifts

Saying inappropriate things

Getting into more trouble with the law

Some of the physical changes;

Blank look

Red bloodshot eyes

Sleeping while standing up or sitting upright

Neglecting personal hygiene

Weight loss, weight gain

Slurred speech

Lifestyle changes;

Avoiding social events the person once liked

Not enjoying things that they once liked

Shoplifting

Hanging around a different group of friends

Leaving drug and alcohol paraphernalia lying around

Monetary changes;

Mismanaging finances

Constantly broke

Selling sentimental items

Substance Use Disorder

Substance use disorder is a mental disorder that can alter a person’s brain chemistry or behavioral patterns. It makes them do anything in their power to get high.

It is important to note that genetics make up about 40 – 60% of a person’s likelihood of getting addicted to a substance or behavior.

Resources for getting help with mental health disorders.

Some people have mental health issues that cannot be solved with the help of a rehab facility.

Suicide Prevention – https://suicidepreventionlifeline.org/ – 1-800-273-8255

Mental Health Gov – https://www.mentalhealth.gov/talk – Great starting point for families

Crisis Text Line – https://www.crisistextline.org/ – Text “HELLO” to 741741

Disaster Distress Helpline – https://www.samhsa.gov/find-help/disaster-distress-helpline – 1-800-985-5990

Veterans Crisis Line – https://www.veteranscrisisline.net/ – 1-800-273-8255

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