Susbtance Abuse and Co-Occurring Mental Health Disorders

The Link Between Substance Abuse And Mental Illness

Overcoming an addiction is never an easy process. For those suffering from particular mental illnesses, the challenge can be that much more difficult. According to the National Bureau of Economic Research, people struggling with mental disorders make up a sizable percentage of those with substance abuse issues. Not only that, but disorders such as PTSD, anxiety, and depression can increase the likelihood of addiction and may create additional challenges to the recovery process. Substance abuse creates an unhealthy cycle of self-medicating to make up for the symptoms of these illnesses. By using drugs and alcohol to treat their issues, people with these disorders are creating a physical and mental dependence which would need to be addressed concurrently for the best chances of recovery.

Treating Both Issues

For people with co-occurring mental and substance abuse disorders, it’s extremely important to treat both issues at the same time. People in recovery with untreated mental illnesses are much more likely to relapse after rehabilitation. Unfortunately, proper care and attention focused on mental health disorders can be overlooked, resulting in a greater likelihood of relapse. Without the right kind of help, people with PTSD, social anxiety, depression, and other illnesses often lack healthy coping mechanisms and may resort to more harmful means of symptom relief. Proper detox and rehabilitation methods are needed alongside proper psychological care for a successful recovery that can truly benefit the patients quality of life.

We’re Here To Help

At Niznik Behavioral Health, we utilize evidence-based treatment methods throughout the full continuum of care to provide comprehensive, effective care for our clients. Our facilities offer client-centered care at every level of the recovery process with an emphasis on comfort and long-term success. Our goal is for patients to recover and remain sober well after the inpatient process is finished. Please visit us here to learn more about our services and how we can help to transform your life for the better.


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