Over 20 million Americans struggle with addiction. Many of them self-medicate in an attempt to manage their mental illness, but eventually are left with more problems. Many times these conditions overlap, but patients will often receive treatment for their addiction, without getting the necessary help they need to treat their mental health condition.
Morningside Recovery specializes in dual diagnosis treatment, which treats patients who struggle with addiction and co-occurring mental health disorders and takes a comprehensive approach by placing an equal emphasis on treating addiction and the underlying mental health issues that influence it.
The complex relationship between mental illnesses and addiction requires help from specialists who can properly assess the severity of one’s condition and have the necessary knowledge to treat them.
While many patients who struggle with addiction may exhibit signs of certain mental health disorders during their addiction and in early recovery, these feelings and behaviors may persist and it’s important that these patients receive a proper assessment and the individual attention they need.
Addiction is a mental health problem
Bipolar Disorder & Alcohol
Nearly half the people diagnosed with bipolar disorder struggle with alcoholism. They abuse alcohol to manage manic behavior and their intense feelings of depression. Alcohol magnifies manic depression and makes problems feel more out of control.
People suffering from depression will often drink compulsively to cope with their intense feelings of sadness and hopelessness. Alcohol may serve as a momentary relief from depression, but it actually causes it to worsen over time. Alcohol is a powerful depressant that deepens feelings of despair and hopelessness.
Benzodiazepines like Xanax are highly addictive and potentially dangerous anti-anxiety medications that can actually increase anxiety with frequent use. People quickly build a tolerance & often take higher doses than prescribed to get the same desired effect. Safe withdrawal from Benzodiazepines can decrease overall anxiety.
Substance abuse is unhealthy way to temporarily relieve stress. Sometimes stressful events can lead to more intense bouts of alcohol abuse and these people and vice versa. If they don’t find healthy ways to cope with stress, then relapse is inevitable. Finding productive coping strategies are imperative to a successful recovery.