In co-occurring disorders, like a mental health issue and a drug or alcohol addiction, each problem has its own unique set of causes and effects. These often impact your life at home, work, and in social situations. Unfortunately, many co-occurring disorders also impact each other, which can amplify the negativity and harm as a result.
When a mental health problem is left untreated, the substance abuse problem tends to worsen. Additionally, as drug and alcohol abuse intensifies, underlying mental health struggles usually get worse at the same time. If you or a loved one is battling life on multiple fronts right now, learn how dual diagnosis in Los Angeles can help to treat co-occurring disorders. If you have suffered long enough and are ready to seek addiction and mental health treatment, Avedis offers a full continuum of care. Reach out to Avedis Recovery online, or you can call us confidentially at 833.514.0579 today.
Co-Occurring Disorders Are More Common Than You Think
The mental health problems commonly co-occurring with abuse of an addiction to drugs and alcohol include depression, bipolar disorder, and anxiety. And co-occurring disorders impact millions of Americans every day. Substance abuse and addiction are intrinsically tied to mental health, and the number of people suffering is truly staggering. According to reports:
- Almost half of all adults suffering from severe mental health disorders are also being affected by drug or alcohol use disorder.
- Over one-third of people addicted to alcohol and more than half of those abusing drugs have at least one mental illness that must also be treated in order to help them fully recover.
- Roughly 30% of individuals diagnosed as mentally ill have an alcohol or drug abuse issue.
Struggling through more than one battle at a time can feel like the odds are stacked against you, the world is cruel and unfair, and that your future is bleak, but there is always hope.
Dual Diagnosis Programs in Los Angeles
Avedis offers long-term dual diagnosis in treatment Los Angeles to get at the root of all your problems with mental health and addiction. Because the signs and symptoms can vary depending on your specific mental health issue and the type of substance being abused, receiving dual diagnosis treatment from a trained professional team can make all the difference in treating co-occurring disorders. The signs and symptoms of depression and drug addiction do differ, but some general warning signs that you may have a co-occurring disorder include:
- Using alcohol to cope with memories or feelings
- Relying on drug use to manage pain or face scary situations
- Needing a drink or a drug to stay focused
- Getting depressed when you drink
- Feeling depressed or anxious when you’re sober
- Drinking when you’re feeling anxious
- Having members of your family with mental disorders or substance abuse
- Relapsing from addiction treatment because mental health issues were not diagnosis or addressed
Treatment for Co-occurring disorders
The best approach to treating co-occurring disorders tends to be an integrated one in which the addiction and the mental health issues are addressed at the same time. Regardless of whether your mental health began to suffer first or the use and abuse of drugs and alcohol are where things started, successful long-term recovery is dependent on you being cared for and being treated by the same trained and compassionate team of doctors, therapists, and staff.
Learn More at Avedis Detox
If you are struggling with mental health and addiction, learn how dual diagnosis in Los Angeles at Avedis Detox can help to start rebuilding your life by treating your co-occurring disorders. Contact us using our secure online form or call us at 833.514.0579 today.