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Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services

Mental Health And Substance Abuse Services

Substance abuse and mental health tend to go hand in hand. As such, treatment facilities providing mental health and substance abuse services are designed to specialize in alcohol and drug treatment but from the viewpoint that addiction might be as a result of an underlying mental health condition. Therefore, these services identify these underlying conditions and attempt to correct them.

That said, substance abuse and mental health are complication problems in the sense that they interact with and affect each other. As such, if you have a mental health condition and you leave it untreated, then your substance use disorder might also get worse.

In the same way, if you continue to abuse alcohol and other intoxicating substances, your mental health problems might also increase. To this end, mental health services at a rehab facility are designed to provide a wide variety of treatments to correct both substance abuse and mental health issues.

About Mental Health And Substance Abuse Services

People with both mental health and substance abuse problems take different paths to full recovery. As such, the mental health and substance abuse services you receive should be tailored to your particular mental health condition and addiction so that they fully meet your individual needs.

If you have a behavioral health problem, in particular, the most effective approach might involve a combination of medication, counseling, and therapy. Additional supportive services like therapy and case management might also play a vital role in promoting your recovery and long term health by effectively treating your mental health disorder and, in the process, dissipating your substance abuse and dependence.

Who Needs Mental Health/Substance Abuse Services?

Mental health and substance abuse services are mostly designed to treat people with both a mental health issue and a substance abuse problem. When these two conditions are present, they are usually referred to as dual diagnosis or co-occurring disorders.

Some of the most common mental health disorders that co-occur with substance abuse include:

  • Anxiety Disorders
  • Bipolar Disorder
  • Borderline Personality Disorder
  • Depression
  • PTSD, or post-traumatic stress disorder
  • Eating disorders

How Mental Health And Substance Abuse Services Work

Read on to learn more about the most common mental health and substance abuse services currently on offer to deal with dual diagnosis and effectively eradicate addiction by treating any underlying mental health problem:

a) Counseling Services

Counseling services, otherwise known as therapy, consist of family, group, and individual counseling. They include different treatments designed to deal with behavioral and addiction problems arising from poor mental health.

These services, as well as more specialized psychotherapies, are designed in such a way that they can change emotions, thoughts, behaviors, and how you see and understand different situations. Whatever the case, the counseling will be provided by trained and experienced clinicians, including but not limited to counselors, social workers, psychiatrists, and psychologists.

The different treatment programs that provide mental health and substance abuse services have different schools, thoughts, and orientations about how they should serve you. The most common among these is CBT, or cognitive behavioral therapy.

CBT is designed to help you seek your own self-formulated solutions to the problems you are experiencing mentally and which is causing you to continue abusing drugs and alcohol. This way, you may be able to effectively address your addiction by changing feelings, thoughts, and behaviors through systematic and goal oriented strategies.

Irrespective of the orientation, it is essential that you find the right therapist and that you develop productive relationships with them. This will make it much easier for your mental health and substance abuse treatment to be successful.

b) Medication

Your substance abuse and mental health rehab program might also call for prescription medications. These drugs may provide you with significant relief and might, for instance, help you manage your symptoms to such a point where you can be considered recovered enough to try out other strategies in your recovery.

However, since the effectiveness of medications might change over time, your mental health and substance abuse service provider might change or adjust your prescription. Additionally, some drugs do come with adverse side effects, which is why it is highly recommended that you maintain regular contact with your service provider to ensure that the treatments you are receiving are as effective as they are safe.

That said, medications are typically more effective when combined with psychotherapy or counseling. Some of the medications that might be used in this case include antipsychotic drugs, mood stabilizers, anti-anxiety medications, drugs for attention problems, and anti-depressants.

When drugs are applied to the treatment of substance use disorders arising from and causing poor mental health it is commonly known as MAT (Medication Assisted Treatment). It usually involves a combination of medications with behavioral and counseling therapies for a more comprehensive and whole patient approach to treating co-occurring mental health and substance abuse disorders.

c) Supportive Services

Support is critical to overall health and wellness, and might help you more effectively meet your goals in treatment for addiction and poor mental health. These services come in a variety of formats, such as care or case management which coordinates the treatment with education, employment, and a variety of other supports.

In most cases, if you are involved with different public systems, you might want a single point of communication and contact to coordinate your care and engage the other system partners in planning and delivering the mental health and substance abuse services.

If you have a substance use disorder accompanying a mental condition, the chances are high that you might also have other problems with your physical health. As such, you might need support coordinating your health care across a variety of physical and behavioral care providers.

The Importance Of Substance Abuse And Mental Health Services

Integrated treatment that addresses all mental health and substance abuse concerns at the same time might prove beneficial. This is mostly in the sense that it will come with better outcomes, including:

  • Better interpersonal relationships, both socially and professionally
  • Decreased hospitalization
  • Fewer arrests
  • Improved mental functioning
  • Improved overall quality of life
  • Improved psychiatric symptoms
  • Improved productivity
  • Higher chances of retaining your job, or finding a new one
  • Increased housing stability
  • Reduced substance use
  • Reduce risk of relapsing after you quit
  • Reduced risk of suffering an overdose

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