Substance abuse is often driven by an underlying psychiatric disorder. Mental health fuels a person’s substance abuse, which is why treating both conditions is so important. Treatment for one without the other hinders the success of recovery. Effective treatment for a dual diagnosis focuses on mental health and substance addiction or addictive behavior.

Many people turn to addictive substances to cope with stress. Using alcohol or drugs to subdue stress can actually amplify depression, anxiety, and other mental health conditions. Addiction affects the human brain by taking over the brain and all of its functions. Addiction changes the way a person acts, thinks, and feels and becomes a way of everyday life.

Treatment for a dual diagnosis varies for each person. There is no single treatment option that works for everyone. The range of mental health conditions is broad and the relation of mental health to substance abuse is complicated.

People seeking treatment for addiction may be diagnosed with:

  • Major depressive disorder
  • Generalized anxiety disorder
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder
  • Obsessive-compulsive disorder
  • Personality disorder
  • Eating disorder

Symptoms of these disorders can be so troubling that drugs or alcohol can seem like the only way to cope and escape reality. Depression causes feelings of worthlessness and despair and anxiety can lead to isolation. Post-traumatic stress is a result of a traumatic event a person experiences, which causes flashbacks, fear, stress, and anger. A person with post-traumatic stress can encounter many of these feelings on a daily basis. He or she can be triggered by the reminiscence of the trauma causing the individual to repeatedly relive the experience.

Mental health conditions, if left undiagnosed, can impair the effectiveness of treatment for addiction. Cypress Lakes Lodge is a rehabilitation facility that treats a dual diagnosis that treats pre-existing or late-onset mental health conditions in sync with treatment for addiction. If you or a loved one has an addiction or addictive behavior, contact an addiction specialist today. You are not alone and you deserve to live a healthy, sober life.

Cypress Lakes Lodge offers treatment for substance addiction, addictive behavior, dual diagnosis, and mental health conditions. The program encompasses holistic addiction therapy for the mind, body, and soul. The focus is on physical, mental, and emotional well-being by generating the balance of life-enriching treatment, wellness, and healthy sober relationships that are sustainable. Call us to get started: 877-938-1577