When a person is suffering from addiction, there can be an underlying mental illness at work. There are several types of mental illnesses (including mood disorders such as depression or bipolar disorder), anxiety disorders including post-traumatic stress disorder, phobias, obsessive-compulsive disorder, neurodevelopmental disorders, such as autism or attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), personality disorders, and psychotic disorders, such as schizophrenia.
There are effective mental illness treatment methods of coping with each. Substance use disorder and other mental illnesses can be successfully treated at rehab facilities that offer substance abuse and mental health services with a personalized program that might include therapy, medication, and other strategies. If you suffer from a co-occurring disorder, it’s imperative that you enroll in behavioral health services by a trusted rehab center that can help with both issues.
At Northbound Treatment Services, we know that balanced mental health is an integral part of living a gratifying, sober, and productive lifestyle. That’s why we’ve designed our rehab centers to also provide support similar to mental health facilities. This way, all patients that are suffering from a co-occurring disorder can get the proper treatment they need to achieve long-term sobriety.
Mental Health Treatment at Northbound
- Treatment for Anxiety Disorders
- Depression Disorder
- How to Get Over OCD
- Residential Treatment for Borderline Personality Disorder
- Codependency Help
- How to Treat Bipolar Disorder
- Residential Trauma Treatment Programs
What are Mental Health Disorders?
Mental health disorders can occur at any stage in a person’s life and can affect people from all backgrounds, ethnicities, and demographics. Mental illness is considered a “disorder of the brain.” Like all illnesses, there are significant physiological factors at play.
Unfortunately, many people do not understand mental health disorders as medical illnesses, which can limit access to treatments and remedies based on social stigma about the nature of the affliction and the many effective treatment options available to promote healing.
The likelihood of developing a mental health disorder can be linked to a complex combination of factors including brain chemistry, genetics, environment, lifestyle, and trauma. Numerous mental health disorders exist and often co-occur with addiction.
Mental illness can manifest in many different ways and is not always easy to detect. Some symptoms are more noticeable than others, especially depending on their severity and impact on a person’s life. Common signs and symptoms of mental illness include mood swings, changes in appetite, feelings of sadness or hopelessness, and an altered sense of reality.
It is not uncommon for drug abuse and mental health issues to occur concurrently, which is known as co-occurring disorders or dual diagnosis. Studies have found that more than half of adults (50.5 percent) in the United States with a substance use disorder also have a mental illness. While addiction is recognized as a mental illness, it is often regarded separately from other mental health conditions. Some people use drugs or alcohol as a way of coping with the symptoms of mental illness and to self-medicate.
Mental health disorders can also become more pronounced with increased substance abuse, which will require counseling services as the addiction and mental illness progresses. There are generally overlapping symptoms which can make it more difficult to differentiate one condition from the other. It is important to treat both mental health and drug abuse issues simultaneously at a reliable mental health rehab center due to their interrelated nature. If one condition is left untreated, it can increase the risk of relapse and make achieving long-term recovery more difficult.
Mental Health and Substance Abuse Treatment Program at Northbound
When a mental health disorder is present, it typically interferes with a person’s thoughts, mood, behavior, and social interactions as well as their overall satisfaction in life. Having a mental illness makes it difficult to function on a daily basis and complete everyday activities. Without mental health disorder treatment, these often-misunderstood disorders can negatively impact a person’s quality of life.
Within our Mental Health Residential Treatment, achieving mental health is often a primary component and central to our Mental Health and Substance Abuse Treatment Programs that strive to help people whose addictions have a mental illness component learn how to cope with, manage, and heal. While addiction is considered a mental illness, there is a wide range of other disorders that fall under this category and may occur simultaneously.