You Have To Treat The Whole Problem.
Co-occurring mental health conditions and substance use disorders affect nearly 8.9 million Americans each year. Of those, only 7.4% receive appropriate treatment, with the vast majority bounced among treatment systems with different and opposing treatment structures. 45% of people with addiction have a co-occurring disorder – according to a National Survey on Drug Use and Health, 2010, DualDiagnosis.org. Dual diagnosis is a condition in which someone suffers from a substance abuse problem like alcohol addiction, illegal drug addiction, or a prescription drug addiction along with a co-occurring mental illness. A person with a dual-diagnosis has both a mental health disorder and an alcohol or drug problem. These conditions occur together frequently. In particular, problems with drugs and alcohol tend to occur with:
- Anxiety disorders
- Personality disorders
Signs Of Someone Struggling With Both A Mental Disorder And A Drug Or Alcohol Problem Mirror Those Of Someone Who Is Struggling With Just One. Be On The Lookout For:
- An overall giving up on all things they once loved and cared about.
- Significant weight loss or weight gain.
- Sleeplessness or constant all day and night sleeping.
- Agitation and defensiveness when confronted.
- Lack of self-care. Not practicing hygiene, not wearing clean clothes, taking regular showers, brushing teeth.
- Self-medication through drugs or alcohol.
- Not managing responsibilities, not showing up for work on time or at all.
Getting Help For Co-Occurring Conditions
Sometimes the mental problem occurs first. This can lead people to use alcohol or drugs that make them feel better temporarily. Sometimes the substance abuse occurs first. Over time, that can lead to emotional and mental problems. Either way, someone experiencing a substance abuse addiction along with a co-occurring mental disorder must be treated for both conditions. For the treatment to be effective, the person needs to stop using alcohol or drugs. Treatment may include a combination of behavioral therapy, medicines, and support groups to address and correct mental health issues that lead to or continue the cycle of substance abuse.
Without treatment and therapy – an addict has a higher chance of relapse because the problems of addiction are not properly addressed. Vertava Health (formerly Vertava Health) is equipped to manage both dual diagnosis and dual therapy. We have a talented, caring staff poised to assess the client and place him or her on the treatment path that best suits them for success.
You can get help for co-occurring disorders. There is a dual-diagnosis treatment that works. Vertava Health has a program for you that will work. Don’t wait. Call now.