By the time you finally decide to seek help with your addiction, your life will likely be a mess. There will be a lot of things going on in your body, mind and soul as you contemplate how to get your life back on track.
A big part of the addiction treatment process is learning the truth about your addiction. While working with your counselor(s) during therapy, you are likely going to discover a lot of things you simply are unaware of at this time. There is cause for some concern, but as long as you are open and honest during therapy, answers will come.
One thing counselors look closely for is the existence of mental health issues. The truth is a lot of addiction sufferers are also dealing with mental and emotional issues that exacerbate the effects of their addiction.
It’s a positive sign you are reading this information. It indicates you might be ready to admit you have an addiction problem and want help. If so, you can rest assured there’s plenty of quality addiction treatment centers, including ours, that are ready to give you the help you need. We must warn you. Should there be any signs of mental or emotional illness integrated with your addiction, you’ll have to deal with those issues at the sane time you are getting treatment for your addiction. Failure to do so would set you firmly on track for one relapse after another.
What Happens if You are Diagnosed with a New Mental Illness in Inpatient Rehab?
Sometimes during therapy, counselors come to the realization they are dealing with more than an addiction to drugs and alcohol. They discover their client is also experiencing emotional and/or mental problems. Rest assured, this complicates the addiction treatment process.
If your therapist discovers the existence of a mental or emotional issue, they are going to need to give pause on treatment while they reassess the circumstances of your addiction. That will be the point in time your addiction counselor need to bring in a mental health professional to start working with you on that issue while they work with you on the addiction.
By the way, it’s quite possible you will be able to find a counselor who is licensed to handle both aspects of treatment at the same time. The idea is both aspects do have to be treated at the same time in order to prevent the untreated condition from interfering with progress on the condition that is being treated.
During treatment of co-existing conditions, it’s important for the client and their counselor to determine which condition is the core condition. In the sections below, we will discuss how co-existing mental health conditions and addictions interact.
When Mental Health Condition Gives Life to Addiction
For some addiction sufferers, the desire to hide behind a harmful substance comes from a mental condition. A good example of this would the depressed individual who resorts to drugs like cocaine as a “pick me up.”
It’s also possible for someone who is using prescription medications to combat physical or psychological issues like anxiety and depression to become addicted their medication. It’s noteworthy that some anxiety and depression medications are medications are high;y addictive. The list includes popular medicines like:
Clearly, having an addiction to needed medications is a problem. If the therapist can find alternative ways to deal with the psychological issue, it might be the best way to combat an addiction caused by a mental issue.
When the Addiction Prompts a Mental Health Issue
On the other side of the coin, there are people who get addicted to a substance, which eventually creates mental health issues for them. Imagine the individual who has an addiction to heroin and eventually falls into a state of depression. This is a very common occurrence because addictions cause so many problems in the user’s life. It’s almost a sign of sanity that someone would get depressed or anxious about the life their addiction has created for them. Solve the addiction and the psych issues will likely dissipate.
If you suspect you have co-exiting conditions, you would be well-served to seek a dual diagnosis treatment program that will address those conditions simultaneously. We can offer that level of treatment. For more information about out services, we encourage you to contact us at 833-762-3739.