It is a natural human instinct to want to escape from pain, whether physical or emotional. However, when this desire leads to alcohol and drugs that self-medication leads to substance abuse. This can cause disastrous consequences for the individual, their loved ones or anyone around them. Symptoms of substance abuse include the following:
- Routine heavy use of the substance, even when use causes negative penalties for the self or others
- Needing increasingly large and/or strong amounts of the substance to get the same effect
- Experiencing withdrawal symptoms when not using
- Arranging life plans and activities around the chance to use
- Use disrupting social, family, school, work, or financial obligations
- Behavioral or mood changes
Substance abuse is particularly serious for those with pre-existing mental health disorders. Those with mental health disorders are more susceptible to substance abuse and abuse can aggravate co-occurring disorders. Left untreated, the two can feed one another, leading to self-destructive or otherwise dangerous behavioral cycles.
Additionally, co-occurring substance abuse disorders can be difficult to diagnose. Substance abuse can cover up or exacerbate mental health disorder symptoms, making it hard to tell which symptoms are caused by which illnesses. This makes it difficult to properly treat both the substance abuse and the mental health disorder.
At Solara Mental Health, we understand that a clear diagnosis is vital to recovery from co-occurring substance abuse disorders. With a clear diagnosis comes a treatment plan that can fully address the co-occurring illnesses and build the foundation for a lasting recovery. Our mental health treatment center’s carefully supervised drug and alcohol-free space provides a safe area away from the day-to-day stressors and habits that can trigger substance abuse. This is an important first step in the healing process.
Our expert psychiatric clinicians will use a variety of therapeutic modalities to address symptoms and their underlying causes, allowing the patient to develop and practice skills that can be carried into everyday life after the program. Through this, clients can begin to heal from past pain and move forward with lives that are stable, joyful and free.
While our clients make considerable and rapid improvements, substance abuse disorder is often a long-term condition. Through years of experience, our mental health treatment center has learned how to provides the entire spectrum of care for our clients. From inpatient to outpatient, from transitional living to a long-term aftercare plan, our program has been designed to free our clients from the clutches of substance abuse disorder.
Contact us now to start the healing process.