Compassion Behavioral Health offers integrated treatment for individuals who are struggling with a primary mental health disorder and a secondary substance use disorder. When people seek addiction treatment through us, we evaluate them for underlying and/or primary mental health problems. Sadly, many people starting recovery are unaware that they’ve been struggling with mental illness all these years.
When seeking treatment at our mental health treatment center in Hollywood, FL, our treatment team will develop a well-rounded and integrated recovery plan that includes counseling, medications, support groups, education programs and other strategies. True healing cannot start until your mental health is properly diagnosed and intact.
If you are ready to receive supportive, personalized treatment for your mental health disorder, contact Compassion Behavioral Health today.
The Obvious Link Between Mental Health and Substance Abuse
There is a close relationship between mental health and substance abuse. According to the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER), people who have been diagnosed with a mental health disorder at some point in their lives are responsible for consuming 69 percent of alcohol, 84 percent of cocaine and 68 percent of cigarettes.
By far, the most common reason why addiction and mental illness go hand in hand is because often people self-medicate their mental health symptoms, they find disruptive or uncomfortable. For example, a person who is depressed may use marijuana to numb their pain. A person who has social anxiety may drink to feel more comfortable in social situations.
Unfortunately, drugs and alcohol do very little to solve mental health challenges. Not only do they prevent a person from working through their problems, but also, they create a host of new problems. The key is recognizing the signs of mental illness before the addiction takes over.
Is Mental Illness Ever Caused by Addiction?
At Compassion Behavioral Health, it’s most common for us to work with people who have undiagnosed mental illness that is prompting them to self-medicate. However, it is possible for drug and alcohol use to start a mental health problem.
Drugs and alcohol change the brain’s circuitry and also put people at risk for traumatic experiences like assault, rape and unprotected sex. These experiences can certainly be enough to trigger trauma that drives the need to self-medicate. Furthermore, drugs cause a drop in dopamine when they wear off, leading some users to feel depressed and anxious. This can deepen into a mental health disorder over time.
Bottom line: The life of an addict is tumultuous and can put a person’s mental health in jeopardy. Those who already have problems with anxiety, depression or trauma are especially in danger.
How Does Your Program Treat Mental Health Problems?
Compassion Behavioral Health has a well-rounded Mental Health Program for individuals struggling with mental illness. After your assessment, our treatment team will put together a personalized treatment plan that includes the therapies and strategies that will work for you.
We encourage family participation and involvement throughout the treatment process. We often find that social acceptance and encouragement from friends and family can make all the difference in the healing process. Also, medication education is important for the family members following their loved ones completion of treatment.
Below are some of the therapies that may be included in your overall mental health treatment regimen:
Our mental health treatment center offers group therapy sessions led by qualified therapists and group facilitators. It’s important to connect with others who share similar struggles.
Most mental health disorders require some type of pharmacological treatment. The right medications will get your symptoms under control so you no longer have to medicate with drugs and alcohol.
Family therapy. Your family plays a large role in how you recover from your dual diagnosis. With our help, they can better understand your motivations for using drugs and how to build a more supportive home environment.
Many people suffer in silence, believing that severe depression, suicidal urges, and auditory hallucinations mean that they are “crazy.” But the truth is, these symptoms-as well as panic attacks, hypervigilance, social phobia, self-mutilation, recurring nightmares, flashbacks, and substance abuse–are often the lingering results of trauma. Our trained therapist, analyze and approach each client with a different therapeutic modality (CBT, EMDR, psychodynamic) to identify new ways to cope with their emotional responses to their experiences. Our program allows for individualized one-on-one trauma treatment as well as trauma based group sessions.
Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) therapy is an integrative psychotherapy approach that has been extensively researched and proven effective for the treatment of trauma. EMDR is a set of standardized protocols that incorporates elements from many different treatment approaches.EMDR has been proven effective in treating a wide range of mental health concerns, including PTSD, phobias, stress, disturbing memories, panic attacks, and even relapse prevention.
DBT (Dialectical Behavioral Therapy)
Dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) treatment is a cognitive-behavioral approach that emphasizes the psychosocial aspects of treatment. Used to treat a variety of mental health concerns, DBT focuses on four key principles. These concepts include mindfulness, distress tolerance, interpersonal effectiveness, and emotion regulation. All areas of DBT aim to strengthen relationships, to identify and tolerate pain, to stimulate awareness, and to recognize feeling. People who are sometimes diagnosed withborderline personality disorderexperience extreme swings in their emotions, see the world in black-and-white shades, and seem to always be jumping from one crisis to another. Because few people understand such reactions — most of all their own family and achildhoodthat emphasized invalidation — they don’t have any methods for coping with these sudden, intense surges of emotion. DBT is a method for teaching skills that will help in this task.
Coping strategies are so important for mental health clients. You can no longer rely on substances to ease your symptoms, so you’ll need to be comfortable coping in other ways.
With one-on-one attention from your therapist, you can develop greater insight into your struggles, develop self-awareness and improve communication.
What Types of Mental Health Problems Does Your Program Treat?
Mental illness is far more than depression and anxiety. In fact, there are many different types of depression and anxiety, which means you could be experiencing one of these conditions without knowing it!
Below are some common mental health disorders that we have experience treating.
Attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). People with ADHD may be more likely to abuse substances to medicate their symptoms. Also, the medications used to treat ADHD (stimulants) are habit-forming.
Bipolar disorder. Bipolar disorder is a type of depression that includes manic and depressive episodes. With the right medication and talk therapy, we can control these ups and downs.
Millions of Americans suffer from depression. Because it comes in many different forms with many different symptoms, some people don’t realize they have it. Thankfully, depression can be effectively treated.
Generalized anxiety disorder (GAD). GAD is the most common mental health condition in the U.S. Benzodiazepines are sometimes used to treat GAD, but there are healthier alternatives that are just as effective.
Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Traumatic experiences can change the brain and cause it to function abnormally. To prevent seeking happiness in other ways, it’s important to process unresolved trauma.
Who is Your Program Best For?
Anyone who is struggling with a mental health problem can benefit from our Mental Health Program. We generally provide treatment and support to individuals who are also working through a substance use disorder. Our rehab facility has the tools and therapies in place to support a complete recovery, which is why so many individuals and families trust us for their care.
As part of our program, we take a holistic approach to improving our clients’ overall health and wellness. We want our clients to have an active role in their recoveries. And, as you make progress in your mental health, you can step down to lower levels of care. Compassion Behavioral Health offers a full continuum of care – residential treatment, partial hospitalization, intensive outpatient and standard outpatient care. Contact us today to learn more about our specialized Mental Health Program.