If you are struggling with addiction, your main goal is probably to stop using drugs and alcohol. But if you are also struggling with mental health disorders such as anxiety or depression, it is equally as important that you address your mental health as part of your treatment.
Know that you are not alone in suffering from a co-occurring disorder. In fact, 37 percent of those battling alcoholism and 53 percent of those struggling with drug addiction also suffer from at least one serious mental health disorder. Depression and anxiety being the most common.
Mental health disorders and substance abuse are conditions that exacerbate each other. Simply put, if you are suffering from depression, you are more likely to abuse drugs and alcohol. And the more drugs and alcohol you abuse, the more depressed you become. In the same manner, if you are abusing drugs and alcohol, you are likely to become depressed and increase your drinking or use, ultimately becoming more depressed. It’s a very dangerous, never ending cycle.
Finding an addiction treatment program that addresses both the addiction and mental health disorders is crucial for true, long-lasting recovery. Addiction programs that are equipped to handle psychiatric problems can provide you with the proper addiction treatment plan, counseling, and aftercare planning, as well as help you:
- Understand the nature of your depression or anxiety
- Identify and address triggers
- Better manage your emotions
- Implement wellness therapies to help reduce symptoms of depression and anxiety
- Motivate you to make lifestyle changes
Treating mental health disorders and substance abuse at the same time is important as both are so closely linked. You can’t properly treat one if you don’t address the other. So, when looking for the right addiction treatment for you, remember that recovery is about healing you as a whole – body and mind.