Mental health disorders and substance abuse problems, combined, affect more than 25% of Americans annually. Mental health and substance abuse disorders are both types of chronic, progressive mental health disorders that continue to get worse until you engage in treatment. Symptoms can make it difficult to meet your personal, employment and social obligations. Several types of psychotherapy are extremely helpful in mental health and substance abuse treatment.
While mental health disorders and addiction are incurable, symptoms can be managed successfully. Mental health conditions are treated with a mix of medications and therapy. The different types of psychotherapy used during treatment are based on your specific needs and treatment goals. Likewise, substance abuse treatment integrates evidence-based treatments and holistic remedies to help you develop the coping and management skills you need to successfully recover.
Treatment centers can offer both inpatient and outpatient treatment programs for psychotherapy for addiction treatment.
Mental Health and Addiction
When you have a mental health or substance abuse disorder, symptoms like anxiety, depression, mood changes, and triggers can make it hard to recover. Psychotherapy for addiction treatment provides additional support to deal with cravings and withdrawal symptoms.
Some examples of common mental health disorders include:
- Depression and major depression disorder
- Generalized anxiety disorder and panic disorder
- Eating disorders, like anorexia and bulimia
- Obsessive compulsive disorder
- Mood disorders, like bipolar disorder
Mental health disorders can cause severe symptoms and make you more likely to self-medicate with drugs and alcohol. When you suffer from a mental health disorder, abusing or using drugs and alcohol can aggravate and worsen your symptoms. Drugs and alcohol cause your brain to release excessive amounts of neurotransmitters. Many mental health disorders are caused by your brain’s inability to release enough neurotransmitters. While using drugs and alcohol results in immediate alleviation of symptoms, once the effects wear off you are depleted of neurotransmitters. This depletion worsens the intensity of your mental health symptoms and can lead to addiction.
Substance abuse disorders cause you to compulsively use and abuse drugs and alcohol despite negative consequences or a strong desire to quit. Drugs and alcohol can cause both physical and psychological addiction. Common signs and symptoms of addiction include:
- Spending the majority of your time and money on drugs and/or alcohol
- Experiencing withdrawal symptoms when you stop using
- Needing to increase your drug and alcohol use in order to experience the same effects
- Difficulty stopping or controlling your drug or alcohol use
- Using drugs or alcohol in inappropriate situations
Types of Psychotherapy
Treatment for substance abuse and mental health disorders typically includes different types of psychotherapy. Some of the most widely used types of psychotherapy include:
Psychotherapy utilizes talking-based therapy to help you identify and change negative thinking patterns, emotions and behaviors. Psychotherapy can also help you address past traumas and gain a better insight into your thoughts and feelings. Individual therapy program and group therapy program incorporate psychotherapy in order to give you the tools, skills, and understanding necessary to recover.
Psychotherapy has very few, if any, potential side effects and can be used in combination with other evidence-based and holistic treatments. Psychotherapy is a type of evidence-based treatment that has proven to be effective in past patients following extensive research. Participating in psychotherapy can also improve your communications skills and make it easier to share your thoughts and feelings with others.
Reaching out for Help Today
Suffering from mental health or substance abuse disorder is trying. Symptoms can make it difficult to live a normal life and can make you feel hopeless, frustrated and alone. Finding treatment is the first step in the recovery process. Treatment centers offer the best and most effective types of psychotherapy in a safe and supportive environment. Contact us today at 866.262.0531 to learn more about your treatment options.