Many people struggle with both substance abuse and mental health issues. When a person has both diagnoses, treating either issue can be more difficult. Figuring out which symptoms are caused by the mental health condition and which are a result of substance use can be challenging. An addiction treatment facility specifically experienced in dual diagnosis treatment can provide specific support for people with substance abuse and mental health issues.
Northern Illinois Recovery Center is an addiction treatment center specializing in helping people regain control of their lives and get on the right track toward recovery. We understand the impact that dual diagnosis can have and have developed programs and services to treat substance use and mental health disorders. If you or someone you love has a dual diagnosis and needs life-saving treatment, reach out to our experienced staff at 855.786.1978 to learn more about the best treatment options for you.
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Substance Use and Mental Health
Having a dual diagnosis is very common. Research indicates that around half of the people who struggle with substance abuse also have a diagnosed mental illness. Treating someone with a dual diagnosis is important because people with substance use and mental health issues are at higher risk for suicide, violence and are considered vulnerable to self-harm and other mental health disorders.
While a dual diagnosis is common, it can be hard to treat. Medical professionals who work with dual diagnosis clients must get to the root of the problem by determining what each issue causes symptoms. Both the substance use and the mental health issues have to be effectively treated to give the person a chance to recover and achieve sobriety. The person must also be given the tools to manage their mental health issues and manage their addiction in the long-term to avoid relapse.
The Dangers of Self-Medicating
When people experience mental health issues like depression or anxiety, they may have a range of uncomfortable symptoms. Many people use drugs or alcohol to alleviate these unpleasant symptoms. This is often called “self-medication.” In many cases, self-medication leads to increased mental health symptoms instead of helping the person to cope.
Some signs that you or a loved one may be self-medicating include:
- Avoiding friends, family, or social events
- Neglecting hygiene
- Change in mood
- Financial problems due to cost of drugs or alcoholism
- Secrecy around the use of substances
- Falling behind at work or school
- Neglecting responsibilities
Drug and alcohol use can complicate a person’s mental health treatment. The underlying mental health issues can lead to drug use, making the mental health symptoms worse. Drug use also interferes with the person’s ability to seek help, participate in treatment, or identify resources that can help maintain sobriety for the long term.
Many of the drugs people use to manage their mental illness symptoms can worsen symptoms or new issues. Substance use can lead to poor judgment and low motivation to address or get treatment for mental health issues. Substance abuse can also lead to legal trouble and long-term health issues. People must get help with their substance use early on to avoid developing a full-blown substance use disorder.
Learn More About Dual Diagnosis Treatment at Northern Illinois Recovery Center
Substance use complicates treatment for mental health issues, and treating people with a dual diagnosis usually takes more time. Because of the complexity of a dual diagnosis, the person must be allowed to go at their own pace and be offered a range of treatment options that address their unique needs. The most effective programs have experienced staff and offer support for mental health and substance abuse issues in one program.
Our experienced clinicians at Northern Illinois Recovery Center help clients take control of their mental health issues, start down the road to recovery, life-long sobriety, and lead a happy life. Let our experienced therapists walk with you on this journey utilizing the many therapeutic options available, including:
- Cognitive-behavioral therapy
- Dialectical behavior therapy
- Group therapy
- Family therapy
- 12-step program
- Extended care (90-day program)
- Telehealth options available
All of these programs and services are offered as part of our holistic treatment approach. If you or a loved one needs dual diagnosis treatment, contact the Northern Illinois Recovery Center for information about their life-changing programs. Call 855.786.1978