Drug Addiction and Mental Health

Drug Addiction and Mental Health Disorders

People can often have drug addiction with mental health disorders. Certainly, not all people with drug addictions have mental health disorders. On the other hand, not all people with mental health disorders have a drug addictions. Part of treatment will be a psychiatric evaluation to determine if a mental health disorder is present with drug addiction.

Mental health disorders can range from situational depression to chronic depression, anxiety disorders or more severe mental health disorders or chronic conditions. These 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 would also be determined which disorder is primary. This helps decide which medications would 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.

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

Addiction and Mental Health Disorder Recovery

Clients with drug addictions and mental health disorders in treatment will learn new coping skills to manage emotions, triggers, and cravings. Concurrent mental disorders are treated through psychotherapy and psychotropic medications (if necessary). Each client in treatment would have a treatment plan for continued support therapeutically during 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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