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Mental Health during Recovery

Mental Health during Recovery

Mental Health during Recovery: Why You Need MORE than Just Addiction Treatment

If you are ready to finally get help for your addiction to alcohol or drugs, finding the right treatment program is one of the most import decisions you can make right now.  And a large volume of evidence suggests that one of the best things you can do to support your sobriety going forward is to find the program that also addresses your mental health needs.

Unfortunately, however, most drug and alcohol rehabs do not include a mental health component.

That is why so many Southern California residents in crisis turn to Lasting Recovery.

Dual Diagnosis: Addiction and Mental Illness

Did you know that a Substance Use Disorder that is often accompanied by serious mental illnesses as:

  • Anxiety27% of people with anxiety are dependent on alcohol, twice the rate of the general population
  • Panic Disorder—Up to 40% of alcoholics have a panic-related anxiety disorder
  • Depression—2 out of every 3 people with a Substance Use Disorder have symptoms of major depression.
  • PTSDMore than 70% of people in drug or alcohol rehab have a history of trauma.
  • Bipolar Disorder60% of patients with BPD will abuse alcohol and/or drugs.
  • Disordered EatingOver 55% of people with an eating disorder will develop SUD.
  • Self-Harm—Mental illness is the leading cause of suicide. Substance abuse is the second-leading cause1 out of every 4 people who struggle with both conditions will attempt to kill themselves.
  • Compulsive Gambling—Up to 20% of people with SUD also have a gambling problem.

Why Do Addiction and Mental Illness Co-occur So Often?

Anyone with an emotional or mental disorder suffers pain and anguish as a result of their illness.  In an attempt to feel better, many will take substances as a means of “self-medicating”.  Alcohol and abused drugs activate the brain’s pleasure and reward centers, making users feel better…  in the beginning.

Unfortunately, that sets off a vicious cycle.

Invariably, chronic substance abuse becomes the disease of addiction for about 10% of the population, and leads to negative consequences—DUIs, relationship issues, money problems, etc.—that create even more difficulties.  Even worse, this artificial over-stimulation eventually fatigues the reward and pleasure centers, causing a diminished response.

In other words, the person has to drink and use more often and in ever-increasing amounts in order to realize the same “pleasurable” effects.  Eventually, they reach a point that they cannot experience joy or motivation unless they are under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

And if they are unable or unwilling to drink or use, they experience harshly-unpleasant symptoms of withdrawal.  This can be so painful as to trigger a relapse into active addiction.

What Does this Mean to You?

All of this means that if you are struggling to reclaim your sobriety, it is likely—or even probable—that you could also benefit from mental health treatment.  This is why Lasting Recovery outpatient drug rehab in San Diego also offers mental health services along with simultaneous premium evidence-based addiction treatment.

This means that you regain both your sobriety and your good mental health, both of which you need to achieve true, long-term recovery.  If you are ready to get both sober and healthy, contact Lasting Recovery TODAY.

Lasting Recovery – “Where Wellness Begins…”