Drug Addiction & Mental Health Disorders

Drug Addiction and Mental Health

Drug Addiction and Mental Health

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.

We have expert addiction-specialists standing by ready to speak confidentially with you. Call us today!

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Top 10 Excuses People Give to Not Enter Treatment

Excuses people give not to enter treatment

Here at ASAP Rehab, we have talked to many clients. Over the course of those conversations, we’ve noticed that people like to give excuses as to why they can’t enter treatment as soon as possible. We want you to know that whatever the excuse, we have a counter excuse.

You don’t have time for excuses. Your well-being is our priority.

  1. I’m going to try and quit on my own.
    • This is the biggest and most common excuse we get here at ASAP Rehab. If you’re reaching out for treatment, there’s a good chance you’ve tried countless times to quit on your own. Addiction is a disease that requires medical help, why not reach out and get it?
  2. My problem isn’t that bad.
    • A problem is a problem no matter the size. Addictions start small and will eventually spiral into something bigger. If you’re calling us, you’re probably slightly aware that your problem isn’t going to go away on its own. why not treat a smaller problem before it becomes a bigger problem?
  3. I’m going to try to look around at other facilities.
    • We agree it’s best to do all the research possible when choosing a facility to receive treatment.Our facility works with clients on a case by case basis, and we will adapt to fit your needs.
  4. I’ve tried treatment before and it didn’t work for me.
    • All treatment is different, and every facility is unique. ASAP Rehab can be that difference you’re looking for if you give it the chance. Things and circumstances were different the last time you entered treatment. Maybe, you were in a different state of mind where you didn’t think treatment was going to work. Treatment only works when you want it to work. Don’t let one or multiple failed attempts at treatment deter you from changing your life for the better.
  5. I’m going to get high one more time.
    • Every time you use, you are taking a gamble with your life. It’s going to take more and more of the substance for you to achieve that high, and eventually what it once took to get you high isn’t going to do anything for you. Why take the risk? Do what you can now to take care of yourself.
  6. I can’t leave my family for an extended period of time.
    • If you’re engaging in addictive behaviors, odds are you have already been withdrawn from your family. Take the time you deserve in order to be able to get back to your family in a healthier state.
  7. I don’t know if I can be without my phone for a prolonged period of time.
    • Technology is great, but sometimes we use it as a crutch to stay in an addictive behavior. Going technology free for a while is a necessary part of the detox process. When you’re here, your recovery is the most important thing to be focusing on. You need to take this time to focus on you. Cellphones and other technology only hinder that process.
  8. I don’t know anyone in that area.
    • It’s good to leave your current support system behind and create a new healthier support system. You don’t have to know anyone in the area. It will be beneficial for you not to know anyone so you can focus on true healing. Not knowing anyone will allow you the opportunity to change into the best version of yourself.
  9. I’m waiting for my refill for my prescription.
    • ASAP has a physician on staff who can write you a prescription for whatever medication you need while you’re in treatment. You’ll have a back up waiting for you when you return home.
  10. Let me take care of all of my bills first.
    • You only have one life to live. bills and finances can wait until you’re sober.

Excuses are NOT an option.

These are the top 10 most common excuses we get here. And all they are is excuses. Don’t let an excuse keep you from reaching out and getting the help you need and deserve.

Drug Addiction A Young Adult Family Story

Drug Addiction Young Adult Family Story

Drug Addiction Young Adult Family Story

Drug Addiction A Young Adult Family Story

Almost everyone with drug addiction believes their drug addiction doesn’t affect anyone but themselves. This belief comes from the distorted thinking and secrecy from the disorder of the addiction itself. Somehow, the addict believes no one notices, mostly because no one says anything out of fear – What if I am wrong? Or what if the person gets angry? What if I am right? What do I do about it? It is without question “the pink elephant in the middle of the room.”

John talked about his son Dylan who sought help at 23 years old. He thinks back and remembers when he was 12 and played baseball. He was a good student and they were close. Then Dylan started high school and they were so excited he made the team. John went to every game. Dylan was doing great! John and Dylan started planning for college and talking about how he could get a scholarship either academically or for his sports. Dylan was taking some AP classes and by end of 10th grade was feeling some stress about getting into “good” university. John remembers the athletic drive seemed to get more competitive and so did the academics. He looks down sadly, and says, “I pushed Dylan to do his best always.” He says, “the truth was he already was doing his best, I just added more pressure.”

Drug Addiction Impact

John says by Dylan’s junior year, he didn’t want to play baseball anymore. He said he didn’t like it and quit. His grades dropped some. John started to get frustrated – it was like he wasn’t trying hard enough.

John recalls other things changed, “Dylan was harder to wake up in the morning, he had different friends, he wasn’t interested in sports anymore, he really didn’t seem interested in anything honestly, he didn’t want to hang out with the family as much, our relationship became argumentative and I missed my son – I became angry – I changed too and didn’t understand why.”

Growing Pains

Dylan did graduate from high school. John reflects on Dylan’s senior year of high school, “I did catch him smoking weed a couple of times, and he came home drunk after hanging out with his friends a few times.” John said. “I blew it off to he’s experimenting and that’s what kids do in high school.” Dylan didn’t get accepted to the university he wanted to go to, but did get accepted to a university and off he went.

By the end of his freshman year, Dylan was failing his classes in university and moved back home with his family to get a job and go to community college. He attended one semester and dropped those classes, and eventually moved into a small apartment with a friend. He waited tables at a local restaurant until he got pulled over one night for a DUI at 23 years old.

Drug Addiction Family Fear

John remembers that phone call that night. “As parents, we all dread that phone call in the middle the night. I felt relief that my son had been arrested. You know what I mean right? He was alive, he was safe!” John noted that Dylan certainly had legal issues now, but it was also a time for an intervention where Dylan’s drug addiction could be interrupted. Better yet, it gave us an opportunity.

Drug Addiction Recovery

Today Dylan is 27 years old and has 3 ½ years sober. He’s in university and doing great. “That night seemed like a nightmare but it was actually a blessing,” John says. “Dylan went to treatment for what we thought would be 30 days, but he stayed six months. We are so proud of him – we have our son back and he has his life back,” with grateful tears, John reports.

In reflection, both Dylan and John wish they had reached out sooner. However, they are acutely aware suffering alone is not the answer-seeking help is, asking for help, accepting help – and hope that anyone reading this that is struggling or family and friends will know that help is available.

We have expert addiction-specialists standing by ready to speak confidentially with you. Call us today!

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