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In co-occurring cases, the mental health disorder tends to be the underlying problem while substance abuse manifests itself as a symptom of that problem. That’s why our team at SOBA New Jersey knows that treatment of both mental health and substance abuse disorders is critical to a client’s successful recovery.
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A dual diagnosis requires specific treatment outside the realms of traditional addiction treatment centers. The team at SOBA New Jersey is uniquely qualified to treat co-occurring disorders. We are experts in understanding the specific psychological problems and addictive behaviors our clients exhibit, and it is with this understanding that we can properly treat both disorders extensively to facilitate a full, comprehensive recovery.
Individuals that enter our treatment program undergo thorough assessments and evaluations. This allows our team to see exactly what their treatment plan will require. It also highlights any co-occurring issues that our treatment plan will need to address. Our team repeats these assessments at specific checkpoints throughout treatment to continually monitor for underlying mental health disorders. Our evaluation process makes sure every client receives the care required.
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Dual Diagnosis (also known as a co-occurring disorder) refers to the simultaneous occurrence of both a substance use disorder and a mental health disorder in an individual.
Mental illness and substance abuse are closely linked. The National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH) reports that 45 percent of people struggling with addiction also have a co-occurring mental health disorder. In addition, individuals diagnosed with a mental health condition are about two times (2x) more likely to also suffer from a substance use disorder.
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Drugs are commonly prescribed as a means of treating mental illness. Abuse of prescription drugs is the number one gateway to substance abuse.
Prescription drugs like Ritalin and Adderall can be addictive. Increased access to these on account of them being prescribed to those with mental illness further increases the likelihood of their abuse and then the abuse of other substances.
Those with mental illness start with multiple factors that act to their detriment in terms of avoiding the pitfall of substance abuse. Mental illness also has large indirect repercussions that can lead sufferers down the path of substance abuse.
It is common for those who feel despair at their state to abuse substances as a means of coping and as an outlet. It is because of this that those who suffer from mental illness are doubly vulnerable to substance abuse.
Mental health and substance abuse treatment is almost always necessary to escape from the cycle of self-destructive behavior. However, it is exceedingly difficult for this process to occur without the individual that is suffering from these issues personally deciding to seek help. While interventions from friends and family can be helpful, unless the individual wants to be treated, external influence will have only limited effect.
Self-treatment and entirely autonomous recovery are possible. However, its exceedingly difficult and has a little material benefit over seeking professional help. If at all possible, it is preferable to encourage and convince those suffering from substance abuse to seek professional help and drug rehabilitation for their own benefit.
It is because of these numerous, direct and indirect, connections between substance abuse and mental illness that both issues must be addressed in parallel. Only a simultaneous effort to aid those who suffer from mental illness, those who suffer from substance abuse, and those who suffer from both can effectively resolve the matter. The connection between mental illness and substance abuse is indubitable and makes both all the more dangerous. At SOBA New Jersey, we believe strongly in the connection to substance abuse and mental health. Our dual diagnosis program treats these occurring disorders concurrently.
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