Psychiatry & Mental Health

Psychiatry & Mental Health

Many people with substance abuse disorders also have problems with depression, anxiety, post-traumatic stress, attention deficit disorder, or other mental health challenges.

Treating both substance abuse and mental health disorders can increase the chances of long-term success. We can help you navigate both challenges, and give you the support you need to find balance and strength.

There is a clear connection between substance abuse and mental health disorders. More than one in four adults living with serious mental health problems also have a substance use problem.

Treating both substance abuse and mental health disorders increases the chances of long-term success at sobriety. In spite of the harmful consequences of mental illness — substance abuse, social isolation, broken relationships and suicide — many of those who suffer don’t get the help they need. Sometimes, fear and denial make people with psychiatric illness reluctant to reach out.

Substance use problems occur more frequently with certain mental health problems: depression, anxiety, schizophrenia, or personality disorders. By far the most common issue connecting mental illness and substance abuse is an attempt to self-medicate symptoms that are disruptive or uncomfortable with alcohol and drugs. Unfortunately, drugs and alcohol often do little to address the underlying mental health symptoms and ultimately create a whole new set of problems. They can also increase the severity of the original mental health symptoms.

Sometimes, the problem is inverted. Certain drugs trigger mental health symptoms. Depression is a common effect of some drugs, and can deepen into a disorder over time. Some substances can cause paranoia, delusions or depression. Drug and alcohol abuse also increases the chances of becoming a victim of assault or rape. These traumatic events can create serious mental health issues like PTSD, depression, eating disorders and more.

A person who struggles with both a mental health disorder and a substance abuse issue needs a treatment program that addresses both problems at the same time. If not treated this way, the untreated symptoms of a mental health disorder can cause the client to be unable to remain clean and sober, and untreated substance abuse issues can make mental health treatment ineffective.

We can help navigate these diagnoses and give you the support you need. If someone you love is living with substance abuse and a mental health challenge, don’t wait to get them the help they need. We’re here to help.

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— C.U.

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