Addiction Treatment & Addiction Therapy Options

Mental Health Issues Preceding Addiction

A majority of people struggling with addiction also suffer from an underlying and possible undiagnosed mental health issue. Lasting and complete recovery from addiction requires that these conditions be carefully identified, diagnosed and treated alongside the addiction. Not all recovery programs take the time and energy necessary to treat all aspects of the disease of addiction.

The Role of Co-Occurring Disorders in Addiction

While the physical aspects of addiction can be severe, it is the mental or psychological aspects of the disease that are the hardest to overcome. Drug or alcohol abuse brings powerful but short-lived and temporary relief to the mind from a wide range of psychological disorders including the following:

  • Depression
  • Borderline personality disorder
  • Behavioral addictions
  • Anxiety disorders
  • Obsessive compulsive disorder
  • Attention deficit disorder

Intoxication relieves both physical pain and emotional anxiety and directly impacts the cerebral area responsible for anxiety management, impulse control, behavior reinforcement and memory. Recovery from addiction therefore requires the careful and thorough treatment of the underlying disorder as well as the addiction itself. This process, called Dual Diagnosis treatment, is a multifaceted mental and physical recovery process that is administered by only the most successful addiction treatment programs.

What Successful Dual Diagnosis Treatment Looks Like

Dual Diagnosis treatment starts with the careful diagnosis of any and all co-occurring or underlying concerns. A treatment plan can then be drawn up for each patient. There are a wide range of therapeutic tools that can be included in this plan, and these tools include the following:

  • Private counseling
  • Support group meetings and projects
  • Medically supervised detoxification
  • 12-step programs
  • Spiritual care
  • Education about the causes and nature of addiction
  • Experimental or forward-thinking treatment such as yoga, acupuncture or meditation
  • Preparation for life after treatment

For many patients the best treatment for their addiction comes through residential programs that allow for a focus on relaxation, healthfulness and recovery. Treatment continues past this inpatient phase in the form of ongoing counseling, support group meetings and sobriety and mental health coaching.

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If you are struggling with mental health issues and addiction, please call our toll-free helpline today. We are standing by 24 hours a day to answer any questions you may have and to help you find the best treatment for your unique situation. Call today and let us help you take the first steps toward a future full of health and emotional peace.

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