Mood disorders and substance abuse or addiction frequently go hand in hand. The existing of these co-occurring disorders is known as dual diagnosis. At Peekskill Drug and Alcohol treatment Centers, our medical staff and addiction professionals are equipped to treat both conditions simultaneously.
Some of the most common mental disorders associated with dual diagnosis include depression, anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder, bi polar disorder, and other personality disorders. Because one condition influences the other, it is important for each patient to receive the proper treatment that will address and identify the source and causes of both.
Many people who suffer from mental disorders may rely on drugs or alcohol to cope with their symptoms. These symptoms, however, may be exacerbated once addiction sets in. Addiction compromises a sufferer’s mental and physical health. In some cases, chronic drug and alcohol abuse can be the catalyst or the cause of a mental disorder. If you or someone you love is suffering from mental illness and addiction, call Peekskill Drug and Alcohol Treatment Centers today at 914-293-2718 to get the help you deserve.
More than 17 million Americans suffer from mental disorders. Research suggests that 4 million of these sufferers are also addicted to alcohol or drugs. These drugs may be prescribed or illicit. The fact is people who suffer from mental disorders, are more susceptible to substance abuse.
The Centers for Disease Control estimate that about 10 percent of people in the U.S. suffer from depression. Substance abuse is not uncommon among this group of individuals. Many of them seek drugs and alcohol to make them feel better or to numb the negative thoughts that often accompany depression. Clinical depression can lead someone to hurt themselves or commit suicide. It also affects the person’s immune system, making it weaker and more vulnerable to other illnesses. When addictive substances are taken, these risks increase exponentially. Dual diagnosis treatment can help patients overcome the devastating mental and physical effects of depression and addiction.
Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
OCD is a mental condition characterized by anxiety and constant irrational thoughts and fears. Sufferers of OCD perform repeated tasks or rituals that, in their minds, help to drive away the negative thoughts. These actions can include obsessive hand-washing, counting, or organizing. Although these tasks may provide temporary relief, the fear and anxiety never really goes away. It has been found that those who experience symptoms of this disorder early on in life are more likely to turn to drugs and alcohol as a way to cope or self-medicate. Compulsion is an underlying element of both addiction and obsessive compulsion disorder. This is why treating both illnesses simultaneously is so important.
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
PTSD is a devastating mental health disorder characterized by very intense anxiety, nightmare, flashbacks and negative memories that interrupt daily life. These moments of stress and anxiety are produced by one or more traumatic events. Some of the most common cases of PTSD involve military combat, natural disasters, sexual or physical abuse, being violently assaulted or experiencing a devastating loss. The flashbacks or nightmares come about because the traumatic event has not been processed or dealt with. People who suffer from PTSD can also experience trouble sleeping, aggressiveness and angry outbursts. Drugs and alcohol become an escape, and a way of coping with the negative thoughts and emotions associated with the mental disorder. Unfortunately, taking addictive substances only makes things worse, and dual diagnosis treatment is required to address the trauma and the addictive behavior.
If you suffer with co-occurring disorders, you need to seek qualified medical help from a dual diagnosis treatment center. At Peekskill Drug and Alcohol Rehab, we are equipped to deliver psychopharmacology, psychotherapy, and behavioral treatments that can achieve positive, long-term results. Managing these disorders reduces health risks and enables sufferers to lead healthy lives. People with a dual diagnosis are at greater risk for health issues, even death. Peekskill Drug Treatment Centers employs a medical staff and mental health professionals who can provide patients with the customized care they need to overcome their addiction and find methods to manage their mental disorder.
Call Peekskill Drug and Alcohol Treatment Centers today at 914-293-2718 to find out more about our treatment programs.