Addiction and Mental Health
In today’s day and age, where we are so focused on physical appearance, we often forget to look inward and examine our mental health and well-being. Although there is more acceptance of mental health disorders than ever before, there are still many who feel stigmatized and shamed. It’s obvious to most how to take steps to be physically healthy, while working on mental health isn’t always as clear-cut. Likewise, physical fitness is usually a matter of daily choices, but being mentally healthy isn’t always something within our control.
What Factors Determine Our Mental Health?
Our mental health depends on many factors. Some of these include biological factors, brain chemistry, family history of mental health problems, and genetics. Life experiences, such as traumatic indecencies or abuse can also shape our mental health greatly. These factors ultimately determine how we handle our day to day lives—psychologically, emotionally, and socially. The World Health Organization Defines mental health as “a state of well-being in which every individual realizes his or her own potential, can cope with the normal stresses of life, can work productively and fruitfully, and is able to make a contribution to her or his community.”
Mental Health Disorders
There are many different forms of mental illness, most of which don’t just happen overnight. Often mental illness begins at a young age and unfortunately gets overlooked as typical adolescent changes. However, most symptoms increase over time and it becomes more apparent as their ability to function normally is affected. Some of the most common mental health issues include:
- ADHD — affects a person’s ability to focus their attention. Also, creates problems with hyperactivity or impulsivity.
- Anxiety disorder — When anxiety causes repeated overwhelming occurrences in a person life.
- Bipolar disorder — Causes drastic changes in a person’s mood. Usually creating extreme highs followed by extreme lows.
- Depression — Causes changes, usually drastic, in a person’s mood, behavior, and affect.
- Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) — Occurs due to a traumatic even in a person’s life such as abuse, an accident, etc.
- Schizophrenia — A loss of reality that includes hallucinations, delusions, and scattered thinking.
The connection between these mental health disorders and addiction is undeniable. According to The National Alliance On Mental Illness, of the 20 million adults who suffer from a substance use disorder, 50 percent also suffer from a co-occurring mental illness. There are a number of reasons why this number is so high. One of the most common is that those suffering from a mental health illness are looking for relief from those symptoms. Whether they find it in an illicit substance on the streets, or from a doctor’s office, doesn’t matter as much as how effectively their symptoms are quieted. Unfortunately, as with any drug, a tolerance builds and you must either take more, or switch substances to achieve the relief you’re looking for.
A program that treats both addiction and mental health simultaneously is paramount to successful treatment. Royal Life Centers programming is designed to address these issues and put our guests on the path to recovery. If you or someone you know is struggling from a mental illness or drug/alcohol addiction please reach out right away. Our treatment experts are available around the clock to take your call. Call us now at (877)-RECOVERY or (877)-732-6837. Because We Care.
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– Robert Collier
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