There are many different reasons people develop drug or alcohol addictions. For example, having an undiagnosed mental illness is one of them. Millions of people struggle with mental health disorders at some point, but often, symptoms don’t go away. When you’re struggling with thoughts and emotions you don’t understand, it may feel like numbing them is the only way to cope. However, the reality is that when you undergo addiction and mental illness treatment, you’ll begin living an extremely rewarding lifestyle.
How Mental Health Disorders Become Addiction
The brain’s most primitive survival instinct is to repeat actions that decrease pain and increase pleasure. Most people develop symptoms of mental illness and are scared and confused, but drugs or alcohol may help calm the mind. Thus, the brain begins to associate these mental illness symptoms with using. Eventually, temporary solutions, such as substance abuse, make emotional problems even worse.
The most common forms of mental illness that lead to addiction include:
- Bipolar Disorder
Unfortunately, we’re living in a time when more and more people struggle with mental health disorders and, consequently, develop addictions. These two seemingly separate diseases go hand-in-hand. When you’re dealing with co-occurring disorders, you won’t know how to live without drug or alcohol use. However, the paradox of the situation is that abusing these substances contributes to feeling more anxious and depressed.
Treating Mental Health Disorders
A high-quality addiction treatment center is able to provide dual diagnosis treatment. This treatment ensures your mental illness and addiction receive proper treatment. When a facility doesn’t specialize in co-occurring disorders, you’re only getting treatment for half of the problem. Having an untreated mental illness is one of the leading causes of relapse, which is why getting help is crucial.
Many medical professionals use medication or alternative methods to treat mental illness. Treatment centers that specialize in co-occurring disorders use non-narcotic medications to help heal the brain. For example, non-medical methods such as yoga, meditation, exercise, and nutrition are all proven methods to soothe symptoms of mental illness.
Treating Your Addiction Alongside Mental Health Disorders
Addiction stems from the desire to alleviate mental, emotional, and spiritual pain. In treatment, you’ll learn how to build connections with yourself and your peers. Addiction experts accomplish this with different forms of individual and group therapy. Building connections with others in treatment allows you to see it’s possible to break free from addiction
The Hills Treatment Center specializes in helping those struggling with addiction as well as mental health disorders. We have a team of trained, passionate professionals who will help you begin living the life that you were meant to live. You’re going to discover newfound happiness and freedom through the gifts you receive in recovery. The specific programs we offer include:
Find out more about how we can help by contacting us today at 866-323-4665.