Mental health Disorders

Drug Addiction and Mental Health Disorders

Unfortunately, people who suffer from an addiction often suffer from a mental health disorder as well. Not every person who suffers from a drug addiction will suffer from a mental health disorder. On the other hand, not all people with mental health disorders will suffer from a drug addiction. Part of treatment will be a psychiatric evaluation to determine if a mental health disorder is present with drug addiction.

Mental health disorders range from situational depression all the way up to anxiety disorders or more severe mental health disorders or chronic conditions. These chronic conditions can include mood or personality disorders, or psychiatric conditions like schizophrenia.

Addiction and Mental Health Disorder Types

Some other disorders can include:

  • Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
  • Bipolar Disorder (Manic Depressive Disorder)
  • Dissociative Disorder
  • Anxiety Disorder
  • Panic Disorder, anxiety
  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

Addiction and Mental Health Disorder Treatment

During the psychiatric evaluation, it will be determined which disorder is primary. This helps decide which medications might be necessary to manage the condition and interrupt the symptoms, as well as finding the right medications best suited for relapse prevention with drug addiction. If it is decided that a mental health disorder is present, treating the mental health disorder will be a part of the personalized treatment plan.

During the course of treatment, the dual diagnosis will be managed as the drug addiction is being treated.

Addiction and Mental Health Disorder Recovery

In treatment, clients with drug addictions and mental health disorders will learn new coping skills to manage emotions, triggers, and cravings. Concurrent mental disorders will be treated through psychotherapy and psychotropic medications (if necessary). Each client in treatment will have a treatment plan for continued support therapeutically during his/her course of care and at the time of discharge for aftercare.

Recovery is possible if the dual diagnosis of drug addiction and mental health disorder is treated concurrently and if proper aftercare support is provided.

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