Substance Abuse Disorders and Mental Illness

It’s a sobering statistic, and one we need to be acutely aware of: one in five Americans will experience mental illness in their lifetime, so educating the public is important to ending silent suffering.

Too often those living with mental health disorders also fall victim to substance abuse disorders in an attempt to self-medicate and escape the negative thoughts and emotions associated with mental illness. The most common co-occurring mental health disorders among people living with addiction are:

-Depression

-Anxiety

-Anti-social Personality Disorders

-Borderline Personality Disorder

-Schizophrenia

-Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

The Correlation Between Mental Illness and Addiction

There’s often a question of rather mental illness causes addiction or vice versa. In reality, it depends on the case. People with depression may abuse heroin, Fentanyl, or opioid pain medication because they cause a surge in dopamine and serotonin in the brain. These are the neurochemicals responsible for pleasure and happiness, which is why some become addicted to these substances.

Conversely, abuse of opioids can cause mental health disorders to form by affecting the brain’s biochemistry. Because these illicit substances cause an overproduction of certain neurochemicals, long-term use can change the brain’s natural production of these chemicals. Lowered production of dopamine and serotonin causes feelings of apathy, depression, and the inability to experience pleasure. In turn, these changes in one’s mental health feeds addiction by making one mental dependent on illicit substances to feel.

When mental illness and substance abuse are co-occurring, they create a dangerous cycle. Lack of coping mechanisms for mentally and emotionally difficult symptoms of mental health disorders only furthers addiction. When dealing with co-occurring mental and substance abuse disorders, integrated addiction treatment is key.

Addiction Treatment in Coral Springs

When the underlying causes of substance abuse go untreated, addiction remains a lurking issue. Through personalize addiction treatment in Coral Springs, you can get to the root of the issue and gain positive life management skills that promote sobriety. Group and individual therapy sessions allow one to safely explore the underlying causes of substance abuse with the guidance of addiction recovery specialists. Beyond traditional means of treatment, supplemental programs help to solidify your clean and sober future. However, the journey doesn’t end with the completion of traditional inpatient rehab. Because early recovery is the most vulnerable point in any recovery journey, extended support beyond discharge is crucial.

Both addiction recovery and mental wellness are ongoing journeys that require daily commitment. Sunrise Sober Living assists in your continued recovery by providing structure and support beyond completion of residential levels of care. Beyond assistance with continued care through transportation to and from support groups and therapy, Sunrise Sober Living promotes long-term sobriety through employment and education assistance, recovery-focused housing, and case management support.

At Sunrise Sober Living, we believe everyone deserves a chance at recovery. Our goal is to help you realize your full potential through sobriety. We are dedicated to you and your individual journey every step of the way.

For more information about how we can help you, contact us today.

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