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Mental Health Disorders and Addiction

Mental health describes our overall psychological well-being. It includes our emotional, psychological, and social well-being. Mental health also refers to our ability to handle everyday life, communicate with others, and make choices. There are however, times when our mental health may be disrupted. When this happens, it is important to seek help in order to regain psychological balance.

Addiction to drugs and alcohol can complicate mental health conditions and exacerbate an existing one, or even create new ones. Often those suffering from substance use disorder have some underlying form of a mental health illness. The goal of addiction treatment is to first help a person overcome their physical dependence, then ultimately address their underlying mental health condition.

Treating Mental Health and Substance Use Disorder Together

Many of the same treatments used to treat substance use disorder are also used for mental health conditions. In fact, the two are so closely tied together, that most therapies will address them simultaneously. There are exceptions depending on the severity of a person’s mental illness, as well as the severity of their addiction. Each case will present a unique set of circumstances.

Also, treatment centers will have different approaches to treating co-occurring mental health issues. It is important to remember that not every treatment center will work for every person. Some therapies will work well for some and possibly not work at all for others. Overall, the goal of treatment is to help a person regain control of their mental health and overcome their substance abuse issues.

There are many different types of treatment that are known to help with both addiction, and mental health disorders.

Some of the most common are:

    • Individual Therapy

Individual therapy—also known as psychotherapy or counseling— is a process that takes place between a trained therapist, and someone struggling with a mental health condition or addiction. Done in a private setting, individuals work to explore their feelings, beliefs, or behaviors. With the help of their therapist, they can identify unhealthy thought patterns and begin to make positive changes in their lives.

    • Group Therapy

Group therapy brings together two or more individuals who are struggling with the same or similar problems. A group facilitator or therapist will lead discussions on topics that give group members a chance to explore their struggles with others. Group therapy allows individuals to see that they are not alone in their battle with addiction or mental health.

    • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

CBT therapy is a widely used form of therapy, mainly because it known to be very effective. CBT therapy sessions help individuals identify and modify, unhealthy thought patterns and behaviors.

    • Recreational Therapy

Many treatment centers offer some form of recreational or activity therapy along with traditional therapies. There are well documented physical and mental benefits to recreational activity. Beyond the positive effects on the mind and body, team activities promote a sense of community and togetherness.

 

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If you or someone you know is suffering from a mental health disorder or substance abuse problem, there is help. Royal Life Centers offers an extensive program to help you live the life you deserve. Call us right away at (877)-RECOVERY or (877)-732-6837. Because We Care.

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