Dual Diagnosis – Depression & Anxiety Impacts Drug & Alcohol Addictions

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Addressing the Core of Addiction with Dual Diagnosis

SpringBoard Recovery understands that often times, a person who has a drug or alcohol addiction also has a mental health issue that they may be dealing with as well. There are many people who are addicts who also have depression, anxiety, or another type of psychological disorder. One of the reasons that people turn to drugs and alcohol is as a way to deal with these other underlying medical conditions.

How Substance Abuse Disorders Interact With Mental Disorders

Substance abuse can temporarily mask the pain caused by a mental health condition, and the way co-occurring conditions interact must be taken into account during addiction treatment. Any drug may be used to cope with any mental health disorder, but there are common trends in dual diagnoses based on the action of certain drugs and the symptoms of disorders. For instance, an addict with anxiety may find relief from a central nervous system depressant like alcohol that lowers his or her heart rate and stops other symptoms of anxiety. Someone who is severely depressed may be inclined to use a psychoactive drug that produces a euphoric high. Bipolar disorder, which involves a combination of manic phases and depressive phases, is another condition that is very prevalent among those who abuse substances. During a manic phase, impulsive behavior such as drug abuse becomes more common.

Long-term drug use may cause new symptoms or mental health conditions to arise. An example of this phenomenon is stimulant-induced psychosis. Heavy users of stimulant drugs like methamphetamine may experience hallucinations and delusions. Stimulant-induced psychosis typically goes away once use of the drug ceases, but it may present additional challenges during treatment. Reliance on a substance may also worsen existing mental health concerns as the addict becomes accustomed to the escape and loses more of his or her ability to cope with challenges without the drug.

Accredited Dual Diagnosis Treatment Program in Arizona

Located in Scottsdale, Arizona, SpringBoard Recovery is a leader in drug and alcohol treatment that specializes in co-occurring disorders. Those who suffer from mental illnesses and use substances often do so because they lack the tools to cope with their disorders. When underlying mental illnesses are not addressed in treatment, addicts are likely to return to drug and alcohol abuse. Proper treatment for mental health conditions leads to better outcomes, and SpringBoard Recovery aims to get to the root of the problem. Mental disorders and substance abuse can create a positive feedback loop in which one condition reinforces the other. The role of dual diagnosis treatment is to break this cycle by addressing both conditions.

Patients of SpringBoard Recovery benefit from the expertise of professionals who are trained to treat co-occurring disorders. The treatment facility has earned the honor of Joint Commission accreditation due to its dedication to providing high-quality treatment for drug and alcohol addiction.

For Depression or Anxiety, There’s Hope.

It can be quite difficult for a family to try and find meaningful treatment for their loved ones who are suffering from addiction as well as a mental disorder. Often, a family will only find treatment in the form of a short hospital stay. While a short stay in the hospital will treat the issue right then, often the addict will return to their drug of choice not long after they have left the hospital.

At SpringBoard Recovery we believe that a short stay in a hospital is insufficient for treatment to be successful. This is shown in statistics of people who come out of their short term stay at the hospital and return to abusing drugs time and time again.

In order for treatment to be effective a person needs an environment that is personal. The clinical staff at SpringBoard Recovery strives to provide personal and individualized care for all of their patients.

Assessing the Individual

When admitted at SpringBoard Recovery an admission specialist will interview the individual to better understand their specific circumstances. The admission specialist will discuss their medical history and their illness with them. The initial assessment is crucial in determining which program is best suited for the individual. At this time we will also note whether there are any preexisting mental health issues that also need to be addressed during treatment.

An Individualized Treatment Program

In addition to simply treating compulsive addictive behavior, SpringBoard Recovery Center focuses on underlying mental health disorders. We don’t subscribe to a one-size-fits all methodology of treatment, which is what makes our programs so effective.

We understand that each person who walks through our doors is unique and because of this, creating a plan for them may be different than the plan created for someone else. It is important to recognize the individual needs of each of our patients in order to provide them with the best possible service and to give them the best chance at a full recovery.

Luckily, most mental illnesses are treatable, so there is hope for dealing with the mental illness if the proper treatment is provided. The most important thing to note is that there is never a quick fix for a mental illness, but there are treatment plans that will work.

Accurately assessing the individual is such an important component, because it sets the stage for treatment: and a comprehensive, individualized treatment program that is properly targeted, will absolutely see positive results.  Armed with the proper program targeted at the entire person (mind, body and soul), we’re confident you can adopt a holistic lifestyle free of addiction.

During treatment at SpringBoard Recovery a person will also be provided with education about their diagnosis and the symptoms of it. Social skills training is also an important aspect of the treatment plan. Perhaps one of the most important parts of treatment will be the relapse prevention training that is provided. This will provide the patient with the tools that they need in order to avoid temptations when they re-enter the real world. Patients will also learn the coping skills that they need in order to manage their mood and anxiety.

Our mental health is very important and at times a person who is suffering from a mental health disorder will need help with dealing with the symptoms that it may cause.

If you are suffering from a mental illness and/or a drug or alcohol addiction, we can help. Our staff at SpringBoard Recovery will provide you with the care and the treatment that you need to cope with your health issues.

We are here to help you through the process of learning how to live with your mental health issues and recover from any substance abuse, so feel free to contact us at your convenience with any questions.



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