Drug Addiction and Mental Health Disorders
Drug addiction often goes hand in hand with mental health disorders. Not all people who are addicted to drugs and alcohol have mental health disorders. On the other hand, not all people with mental health disorders are addicted to drugs and alcohol. Part of treatment will be a psychiatric evaluation by Dr. Imani Walker, DO of Married to Medicine Los Angeles to determine if a mental health disorder is present.
Mental health disorders can range from situational depression to chronic depression. Also, anxiety disorders or more severe mental health disorders or other chronic conditions. These can include mood or personality disorders or other 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 we will determine which disorder is primary. This will help us to decide which medications will be necessary to manage your condition(s) and interrupt your symptoms. Consequently, finding the right medications best suited for relapse prevention with your drug addiction is an imperative component of medication management of psychiatric conditions.
During the course of treatment, your dual diagnosis will be managed as your addiction is being treated.
Addiction and Mental Health Disorder Recovery
While in treatment, you will learn new coping skills to manage your emotions, triggers, and cravings. However, your concurrent mental disorders will be treated through psychotherapy and psychotropic medications (if necessary). While in treatment you will have a treatment plan for continued support therapeutically during your course of care and at the time of discharge for aftercare.
Recovery is possible your dual diagnosis of drug addiction and mental health disorder is treated concurrently and if proper aftercare support is provided.