Do you suffer from both addiction and mental health problems? You are not alone. In fact most people who struggle with drugs and alcohol also deal with co-occurring with conditions like anxiety, depression, trauma, PTSD, bipolar, personality disorders and other mental health disorders.
But there is a way out. At CleanSlate we offer behavioral health support, as part of overall addiction treatment, to help you overcome your addiction and related psychological challenges on your journey to recovery.
Our Mental Health Services Include
Our experienced, licensed addiction and mental health counselors provide personalized therapy in a supportive, non-judgmental environment. Following an initial assessment, we’ll work with you to develop a tailored treatment plan that helps you achieve your goals, overcome emotional challenges, and make meaningful progress in your recovery journey.
Our stabilization program offers a holistic approach to recovery, combining individual and group therapy to empower you with the tools and skills you need for lasting success. Through personalized coping strategies, identification of personal triggers, and development of relapse prevention techniques, you’ll gain the confidence to maintain your recovery and live a fulfilling life.
Our maintenance groups provide ongoing support and guidance to help you thrive in your recovery journey. With a comprehensive curriculum that covers everything from understanding the stages of recovery to securing employment and developing healthy habits, you’ll have the resources and community you need to sustain your progress and live a fulfilling life in recovery.
Our staff of certified recovery specialists (CRS) consists of people in long-term recovery themselves, who offer support, guidance and inspiration. Drawing on their own knowledge and experience, they can help with recovery support, planning and decision-making, among other things.
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Mental Health Issues and Addiction
Mental health and addiction are complex issues that can be overwhelming and confusing to navigate. At our treatment centers, we understand that seeking help can be difficult and finding the right resources and support can be challenging. That’s why we have compiled these questions and answers to provide you with accurate and helpful information about mental health and addiction:
How does addiction affect mental health?
Addiction can have a significant impact on mental health in a number of ways. Here are a few ways addiction can affect mental health.
- Co-occurring addiction and mental health disorders. Addiction and mental health disorders often occur together, which is known as dual diagnosis or co-occurring disorders. Individuals with addiction may have underlying mental health issues such as anxiety, depression, trauma or PTSD that they are trying to cope with through substance use. And those with mental health issues may turn to drug and alcohol addiction as a form of self-medication.
- Brain chemistry changes. Addiction changes the brain’s chemistry, which can affect mood, behavior and emotions. This can lead to problems such as depression, anxiety and irritability.
- Social isolation. Addiction can lead to social isolation, which can worsen mental health issues. People with addiction may lose relationships with friends and family, and this can lead to feelings of loneliness and depression.
- Trauma. Addiction can be a way of coping with traumatic experiences, and substance use can worsen symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
- Stress. Addiction can lead to financial, legal and employment problems, which can cause a lot of stress, adding to the problem of mental health.
Is addiction a mental illness?
Addiction is considered a mental illness by many experts and organizations, including the American Medical Association (AMA), the American Psychiatric Association (APA) and the World Health Organization (WHO).
It is defined as a chronic disorder characterized by an overwhelming desire to consume mind- or mood-altering substances, the inability to limit consumption, and the emergence of a negative emotional state (e.g. anxiety, irritability, insomnia) in its absence.
Addiction affects the brain and alters the way a person thinks, feels and behaves. It is not a moral failing or a personal weakness, but a chronic illness that requires professional help and support to overcome.
Behavioral Health Treatment for Addiction
What is behavioral health treatment for addiction?
Behavioral health treatment for addiction is an approach that focuses on addressing the psychological and social aspects of addiction. It typically includes a combination of individual, group and family therapy, using evidence-based treatments. The aim is to help individuals understand and address the underlying causes of their addiction, and develop the skills and strategies needed to maintain recovery and prevent relapse.
Why is behavioral health treatment for addiction important?
Behavioral health treatment for addiction is important for several reasons:
Addressing underlying causes. Treatment addresses the underlying social and psychological causes of addiction, including trauma, emotional regulation and negative thought patterns. This and how to prevent relapse in the future.
- Developing coping skills. Treatment helps you develop coping skill and strategies to manage cravings, triggers and stress, which are all important for maintaining recovery.
- Improving emotional regulation. Treatment can improve your emotional regulation, which is essential to overall well-being and mental health.
- Building a support system. Treatment can help you build a support system of friends, family, and professionals, who provide ongoing support and encouragement during and after treatment.
- Improving overall well-being. Treatment addresses not only addiction, but also your emotional and psychological well-being. This can improve work, relationships and general life satisfaction.
- Reducing the risk of relapse. Treatment can help you identify and avoid triggers, and develop a plan to manage cravings and stress, which can reduce the risk of relapse.
- Addressing co-occurring addiction and mental health disorders. Treatment addresses co-occurring disorders, such as depression, anxiety and PTSD
What does behavioral health treatment for addiction involve?
Behavioral health treatment for addiction is usually conducted by a team of healthcare professionals who work together to provide a comprehensive treatment plan that addresses the unique needs of each individual.
It typically involves a combination of evidence-based therapies to address the underlying causes of the addiction and develop effective ways to manage thoughts, emotions and actions. While the specific treatment plan will depend on your particular needs, it may include some or all of the following components:
- Individual therapy. This typically includes one-on-one session with a therapist or counselor.
- Group therapy. This involves group sessions with individuals who are also in recovery.
- Recovery coaching. This consists of peer-based recovery support from a certified recovery specialist (CRS).
How can someone get started with treatment?
- Consider the type of treatment. Different types of treatment may be better suited to different individuals, so it’s important to consider the type of treatment that would be most effective for you.
- Contact the treatment center. Once you have found the treatment center that you feel comfortable with, contact them to learn more about their program, staff and their approach to treatment.
- Prepare for treatment. It is important to prepare both practically and mentally for treatment. Gather all necessary documents, such as ID and insurance information, and plan for logistics, like arranging for time off work or school.
Remember that seeking help is the first step to recovery, and addiction treatment is a journey that requires time, effort and commitment. Behavioral health treatment, as part of your overall addiction treatment, can help you regain control of your life and overcome the challenges of addiction. Don’t let fear or shame hold you back from getting the help you need. You deserve to live a life free from the grip of addiction and the pain of mental health struggles.
Reach out to us today for resources and support to take the first step toward recovery from substance abuse.
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