Substance abuse often occurs with a underlying conditions such as anxiety, depression, or post-traumatic stress disorder. Persons undergoing such illnesses often begin using as a means to self-medicate. However, most find that it ultimately exacerbates mental and emotional distress.
In the past, mental illness and substance abuse were often treating individually. However, this approach is not really effective. Underlying conditions are best treated simultaneously with addiction, and must be assessed and integrated at the onset of treatment.
Our Underlying Conditions Treatment Process
Step One: Physical and Psychiatric Evaluation
Upon intake, clients are given a complete physical and psychiatric evaluation.
During this time, clients will be asked questions about their mental and physical health history, family environment, substance abuse habits, and past experiences. Clients will also be given a full health exam.
Step Two: Individualized Treatment Planning for Underlying Conditions
Using this information, professionals work with clients to develop a personalized treatment plan based on diagnoses, past experiences,needs, goals, preferences, and other factors unique to each individual. Plans include options for detoxification, individual therapy and counseling, group therapy, and inpatient vs. outpatient treatment.
Step Three: Treatment Plan Assessment
During the treatment process, clients learn more about themselves, and professionals also gain greater insights into the client’s treatment needs. Therefore, treatment plans must be regularly re-assessed, and altered accordingly. Medications may be change, as well as specific aspects of treatment and approaches to therapy.
Treatment For Underlying Conditions Disorders
We treat a wide variety of mental health disorders including, but not limited to:
- Bipolar disorder
- Post-Traumatic Stress Syndrome
- Panic disorder
- Obsessive-compulsive disorder
By treating mental illness in conjunction with addiction, we are able to address the underlying causes of addiction, ensuring that substance abuse recovery is effective and long-lasting. Simply put, those in recovery who continue to go untreated for mental illness are more likely to relapse and return to the cycle of self-medication.