Why Does Mental Health Matter in Recovery? 

Why Does Mental Health Matter in Recovery? 

When people are not struggling with addiction, it is hard to underscore all that is going on. Mental health matters in recovery. It means a lot of going back and figuring out what may have happened to their relationships, jobs, health, and family. It may mean trying to make sense of why their life is in ruins right now. Mental health issues can sneak up on someone in recovery, or be the underlying reason they started drinking or doing drugs. Find out why mental health issues need to be dealt with, how to do it, and what can be done to support a person in recovery with mental health and possible addiction issues. 

Connection to Addiction Recovery

Someone who suffers from co-occurring disorders will have mental health issues and addiction. Millions of people have both mental health and a substance abuse issue. People with mental health issues use drugs, but those who have severe mental health conditions also have substance abuse issues. Nearly two-thirds of people with bipolar disorder have substance use disorder. This looks at causality, but it is impossible to know if one causes the other. Family history, environment, exposure to stress, and life experiences contribute to mental health issues. 

Psychiatric Disorders on the Rise

In America, there is a connection to mental health issues and addiction. The United States is 5% of the world’s population but uses 75% of all prescription drugs. People who have mental health issues may receive treatment of their substances but not always mental health support. With so many people dealing with mental health issues, the United States has many people using prescription and illegal drugs to cope. It is difficult to find people who have not at one time or another used some type of medication for pain or mental health issues (depression, anxiety), yet doctors continue to prescribe in spite of the addictive nature of the drugs on the market. There are illicit drugs, as well, which are being used more and more, causing severe addiction issues. Psychiatric issues are on the rise as more people become aware, diagnosed, and receive treatment. Unfortunately, that means people are using drugs more than ever, unable to find other ways of getting help because they are stuck in addiction. 

Dual Diagnosis Treatment

The only way to really work through mental health issues is to receive dual diagnosis treatment for addiction issues in a secure place. Being there is an established link between the two, they may exacerbate one another if left untreated. People are not all getting the help they need, but if they are able to find support, they can detox, get therapy, and receive help for their addiction while they are also treating underlying causes to prevent relapse or triggers. Mental health issues are the unresolved piece of the bigger puzzle of addiction that, when addressed, can help bring resolution and healing to many people’s lives. 

Oceanfront helps you deal with dual diagnosis at our facility. W e offer support and treatment for your mental health and addiction issues to get at the heart of what you need to heal. We are located in beautiful Laguna Beach. Call us to find out how we can help you navigate addiction recovery: 888-981-4295