In today’s society, more than 20 million individuals in the United States struggle with addiction. While the majority of people assume that addiction is the result of poor decision making, what they fail to realize is that addiction often stems from self-medicating. Individuals struggling with a mental illness or mental health disorder often turn to illicit substances to manage their symptoms. A lack of care for either the addiction or the mental illness often results in the individual remaining trapped within a never-ending cycle. A Dual Diagnosis Treatment center can provide the care you need to break free from such a cycle.

two men in a Dual Diagnosis Treatment centerTwo scenarios tend to create this cycle. One situation is an individual has an undiagnosed mental health disorder. Without a proper diagnosis, they’re unable to manage their symptoms. In an attempt to feel more normal, they turn to substance use to self-medicate. As a result, they begin to suffer from substance abuse on top of their already present disorder. The second scenario is an already present substance use disorder causing the symptoms of mental illness to manifest.

How Can a Dual Diagnosis Treatment Center Help?

A Dual Diagnosis Treatment center can provide you with the help you need for both problems at the same time. In order to end this cycle, both the mental illness or disorder and the addiction must receive attention and treatment. Only treating one issue is what leads to this endless cycle. A Dual Diagnosis Treatment center will help diagnose your mental illness or disorder that you may have never known about. Once this diagnosis takes place, the addiction treatment staff can proceed with proper treatment.

Common Combinations That Require Help

While there is a multitude of possible combinations, some occur more often than others. Some typical combinations of mental health disorders and substance abuse include the following:

  • Stress and substance use disorder- While most of us will experience stress at one point in time in our lives, some feel the need to turn to substance use to help cope. Learning healthy coping mechanisms through treatment can help you avoid turning to illicit substances when you experience stressful situations.
  • Alcohol and bipolar disorder– Many who struggle with manic episodes and long bouts of depression never realize they have bipolar disorder. Instead, they turn to alcohol to help curb these symptoms, which then leads to alcoholism.
  • Benzodiazepines and anxiety– While many turn to these prescriptions as a way to self-medicate and treat their anxiety, abusing these drugs will only lead to worsening the symptoms of anxiety.
  • Depression and alcohol– Some who experience severe cases of depression turn to alcohol to numb these feelings. However, alcohol is a depressant that will only make matters worse over time.

Gateway Foundation Caseyville

If you believe you’re struggling with a mental health disorder or mental illness along with addiction, turn to Gateway Foundation Caseyville. Our Dual Diagnosis Treatment center can provide you with the care and support you need to reach lasting recovery. To learn more about our addiction therapy services, reach out to our addiction treatment staff today. Contact Gateway Foundation Caseyville now by calling 618.345.3970.