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There are often co-occurring mental-health disorders associated with substance abuse. To properly treat addiction, you must also accurately diagnose and effectively treat these conditions as well, which include depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, and post-traumatic stress disorder. Our team has great expertise in these areas and understand how to work in conjunction with therapists and medical personnel to create programs that address all needs. This is the only way to truly overcome addiction and put clients in position to minimize the risk of relapse.
While everyone experiences some form of stress daily, those with a true anxiety disorder are often left debilitated and unable to function. As is the case with other mental health conditions, it is not uncommon for these individuals to seek comfort and relief through substances such as drugs and alcohol. To feel better, usage of these substances becomes more frequent and excessive, eventually leading to dependency and addiction.
Bipolar Disorder can be challenging to diagnose and can be caused by genetics, brain chemistry or exposure the stressful environments or situations. Individuals suffering from bipolar disorder experience incredible mood swings that take them from feelings of incredible highs to devastating lows. To self-medicate, bipolar sufferers look to substances such as drugs and alcohol to ease the pain and provide a temporary sense of euphoria.
Depression is a very common disorder found in those dealing with substance abuse. While underlying depression may lead some to begin using drugs and alcohol to cope, these substances also trigger and magnify the effects of depression. Research shows that nearly 40% of individuals who are diagnosed with severe depression also have issues with drugs or alcohol.
For most, post-traumatic stress disorder (or PTSD) is a term they have heard for many years, but never truly understood the condition or its impact. Typically associated with military veterans and first responders, those with PTSD far too often suffer in silence. Although more individuals with PTSD are seeking the help they so desperately need, there are still far too many who are not.