Depression and anxiety disorders are just a few of the mental health challenges that many people face. Some don’t receive a formal diagnosis or treatment. As a result, they may attempt to self-medicate with drugs or alcohol. When they undergo rehab, it’s vital to add a mental health treatment to the protocol.

Could You Benefit from Mental Health Treatment alongside Addiction Therapy?

young woman needs Mental Health TreatmentDo you suspect that you might be grappling with depression or anxiety? Even without a formal diagnosis, you might recognize some symptoms. Maybe there’s a family history of these conditions. Do you tend to reach for drugs or alcohol when you feel sad, upset, or stressed?

It’s possible that you fall into the category of individuals who self-medicate to cope with life’s triggers. Because discussions about mental health treatment are still largely taboo, many people suffer in silence. Instead of receiving a diagnosis and anxiety treatment, for example, they reach for a nervous system depressant. The most common choice is alcohol.

Today, you’re still dealing with a mental health challenge. Now, you also have a substance abuse problem. You can’t live without the drug or alcohol any longer. You want to quit, but you don’t know how to go about it.

Dual Diagnosis Treatment is a Vital Part of Rehab

Good-quality rehab centers undertake a detailed mental health assessment of incoming program participants. The goal is to recognize underlying disorders that require a formal diagnosis and treatment. If you were to focus only on the substance abuse and ignore the mental health treatment, you’d be much more likely to relapse. Without a structured intervention for the co-existing condition, it’s virtually impossible to recover fully.

Treatment for both the addiction and the mental health disorder consists of multiple modalities. You work with a therapist to put together a program that customizes the approaches for you. Examples of protocols include:

  • Cognitive behavioral therapy that is part of one-on-one psychotherapy to uncover and change self-defeating patterns
  • Group therapy combines peer support with learning opportunities from others in recovery alongside you
  • Life skills training assists you with daily interactions as well as independent living skills you need after rehab
  • Trauma therapy offers you the opportunity to overcome unresolved issues from the past that still affect you to this day
  • Healthy living training includes nutritional counseling, exercise therapy, and recreational activities

Will Rehab Cure a Co-Occurring Condition?

The short answer is no. Depending on the nature of the mental health disorder, you may be looking at a chronic condition. The same is true for addiction. It’s possible to get a good handle on the substance abuse problem and work it into remission.

However, you may need additional help with the co-occurring disorder after you finish rehab. Your therapist can refer you to an expert in the field who can assist you further. For many, continuing this therapy makes relapse prevention easier. This is due in part to the interconnectivity between drug abuse and mental illness.

Others may not need additional treatment. If substance dependence worsened an otherwise minor condition, sobriety might return it to its benign state. That said, it’s impossible to tell until you start treatment and work with a therapist. Causation isn’t always easy to determine at the onset.

Getting Help From Crestview Recovery

A rehab facility is your best option for treatment of a co-occurring disorder as well as a drug problem. Our partial hospitalization program, where you stay in a sober living facility, could be a great option for you. Discuss your plans with an intake counselor before making a final decision.

The friendly therapists at Crestview Recovery are here to help you. When you’re ready to receive treatment for a mental health and concurrent addiction problem, they’re prepared to talk. Call 866-580-4160 today for immediate assistance.