Dealing with a mental health issue or substance abuse issue can be challenging enough on its own. When you combine the two, it can become more difficult if the proper treatment is not given. Co-occurring disorders are widespread and affect millions of people in the United States. The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) estimates that 17% of American adults have co-occurring disorders that fall under the umbrella of mental health and substance abuse. This is just one statistic that shows the importance of dual diagnosis treatment in Arizona.
Another factor to consider is that The Department of Veterans Affairs reports that up to 8% of people will experience PTSD at some point in their lives. Many of those people turn to drugs or alcohol as a means of soothing their symptoms, thus increasing the need for dual diagnosis treatment. The opioid crisis is also playing a role. Many opioid users find that their drug addiction leads to mental health problems as they struggle to cope.
Common Mental Health Issues & Substance Abuse
There are several common mental issues that can lead to substance abuse or be going on simultaneously.
Generalized Anxiety Disorder
According to the Anxiety & Depression Disorder of America, generalized anxiety disorder is the most common mental health condition in the U.S., affecting 18 percent of adults. People with this disorder are more likely to abuse drugs and alcohol to manage their symptoms.
The Depression & Bipolar Support Alliance reports that depressive disorders affect about 7% of the population. Many people diagnosed with depression try to get a quick high with drugs or alcohol. This makes the problem worse because of the crash that occurs once that high is over.
Many people with bipolar disorder turn to drugs and alcohol as a source of relief from emotional pain. Statistics show that patients with bipolar disorder are 14 times more likely to abuse drugs and 6 times more likely to abuse alcohol.
Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder (ADHD)
It is common for people with ADHD to be more likely to abuse substances to cope with their condition. Many of the drugs prescribed to treat ADHD can also become habit-forming which can lead to substance abuse.
Schizophrenia is associated with hallucinations and delusional thinking. Diagnosing it with addiction is sometimes difficult because the two can share the same effects. When a person has been diagnosed with schizophrenia and uses substances to self-medicate, they are putting themselves at greater risk.
Dual Diagnosis Symptoms
Although symptoms vary from patient to patient, there are several common symptoms in people dealing with a dual diagnosis. These include:
- Sudden change in behavior
- Difficulty managing daily tasks and responsibilities
- Avoiding social events
- Neglecting health & hygiene
- Delusional thinking
- Refusing treatment
- Suicidal thoughts or behaviors
- Poor work or school performance
If one or more of these symptoms is noticed, it’s important to seek treatment as soon as possible.
Treating Mental Health Issues & Substance Abuse
To treat patients with mental health issues and substance abuse, they must be treated at the same time to increase the chance of a long-lasting recovery. The proper therapy can determine whether substance abuse has caused psychiatric symptoms or whether the patient was experiencing pre-existing mental health issues and chose to self-medicate with substances.
Because many mental health conditions are treated with medication, it can increase the patient’s likelihood of becoming dependent on drugs or alcohol. Certain drugs can cause anxiety, depression, and hallucinations.
If a patient is only receiving treatment for a mental health condition, they will continue to deal with their addiction. This results in any mental health treatment being short-lived. Those who only receive treatment for their addiction and not their mental health issues run the risk of those mental health issues remaining and leading to a relapse. People who only get treatment for their substance abuse will never learn the coping mechanisms needed to stay clean. Without looking at the underlying problems that lead to their addiction, they will continue to use drugs and alcohol as a way to deal with problems.
Seeking Dual Diagnosis Treatment in Arizona
If you or a loved one is suffering from mental health issues and substance abuse, it’s important to get help. Admitting there is a problem and asking for help can be the most difficult step. At Soul Surgery Rehab in Arizona, we have helped countless people dealing with mental health issues and substance abuse get on the path to recovery. We are experienced in helping those with a dual diagnosis and understand that everyone’s treatment plan will be different. Soul Surgery understands the conditions that people with a dual diagnosis are facing and knows the balance that is needed for people to recover and stay sober.
If you think you’re ready to begin your road to sobriety, contact Soul Surgery Rehab today to speak with someone 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. You can also send us a message online. Let us help you conquer your mental health issues and substance abuse.