There are many important suggestions and philosophies intertwined with recovery from alcoholism and drug addiction. However, one of the most important is the concept that the disease of addiction is but a symptom of larger problems.
Decades of proven experience indicate strongly that addiction is a disease of the mind. The array of life situations and individual circumstances that compel someone to abuse drugs or alcohol might be different, but the underlying principle is the same.
Experience has taught recovery professionals that mental health issues are frequently a root cause of alcohol or drug abuse. For that reason, recovery centers are knowledgeable about a multitude of mental health issues.
Why This Knowledge Matters
Understanding that mental health issues are often at the root of an addiction problem is simply the first step. Sorting out what types of issues are causing the individual to feel drugs or alcohol is the best solution, is the ultimate goal.
To reach a place where you can understand and appreciate that a mental problem is causing you to destroy your life is a core part of a strong recovery program. There are things that delving into your mental issues can uncover and solutions that will help you stop the downward spiral of addiction and deal with your mental health issues.
What This Knowledge Can Uncover
What dual diagnosis implies is that there are other problems at work, mental health issues beyond just an addictive personality. These other mental health problems work collectively with the disease of addiction to create a state of mental confusion.
If you’re like many alcoholics and addicts, you may not be able to express any reason for why you abuse drugs or alcohol. Even more importantly, you may have no clue why you cannot stop.
This is like a jumping off point in your life, a place where you cannot take living with your addiction. Yet, you have no idea how to stop. This is where the search for a way to stabilize you emotionally begins. Here are just a few mental health issues that may be uncovered.
- Depression – No mental health issue is more important than another. However, there is clear statistical evidence that some seem to compel drug and alcohol abuse more prevalently. One of the more common is depression.
Drugs and alcohol can instantly reverse a state of depression. However, the reversal is fake and invariably short-lived. Once the body begins to depend on a chemical source to feel happy, addiction and alcoholism are the frequent result.
- Bipolar Disorder – This is another mental health problem that drives individuals into drug addiction and alcohol abuse. While different from depression, the dramatic mood swings felt by the person can make drugs and alcohol seem like a good solution.
Like depression, bipolar disorder creates an unpredictable series of events that end up with the person getting wasted on drugs or alcohol. There is evidence that a person who suffers from bipolar disorder has a much higher risk of becoming an alcoholic or drug addict.
- Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD) – Like many other mental issues, obsessive-compulsive disorder comes in different levels and intensities. You may just like all your clothes in neat little rows, but when it begins to compromise your life is where a problem begins.
Sometimes, you may not even be aware that you have destructively dangerous OCD tendencies. There are other situations where you may turn to drugs or alcohol to help alleviate obsessive inclinations. This can not only make your OCD problem worse, but lead to alcoholism or serious drug addiction problems.
What This Knowledge Can Do
Having counselors on staff, caring and knowledgeable individuals who can dig for these root causes of an addictive personality is critical. Through private, one-on-one counseling sessions, dual diagnosis will bring a myriad of mental health issues to light.
As your journey in recovery progresses, you will become aware of any number of problems you may not have even been aware they existed. Sometimes denial played a role.
However, just as often, there may be mental health issues that you had no idea about. Dual diagnosis exposes these harmful mental health issues and helps you work towards emotional stability.
By making that first call to a recovery center for help, you will be opening a door to a brighter future. You will begin to build a foundation for living a clean and sober life. Most importantly, you will learn that alcoholism and drug addiction are invariably only symptoms of underlying problems.
As you begin your journey in recovery, the knowledge and experience of the professionals surrounding you during your treatment will help you understand your own mental health issues. Nothing starts without that first call, so make the best decision of your life thus far and make it at 833-762-3739.