Woman Therapist with Male Client During Dual Diagnosis TreatmentMany people don’t know realize that they have a mental health disorder until it’s too late. Mental illness symptoms can sneak up anybody, and it can be extremely confusing and scary. Rather than asking for help, it’s quite common for people to self-medicate with drugs or alcohol. When trying to recover from a drug or alcohol addiction, you should always go to a dual diagnosis treatment center.

Why Dual Diagnosis Is Important

When choosing a dual diagnosis treatment center, you’ll begin to find answers. Finding out that some of your thoughts and emotions come from mental illness means that you can find a solution. It’s also vital for your long-term addiction recovery as well.

Some of the most common mental illnesses include:

Why Mental Illness Goes Unnoticed

Educators often shy away from the topic of mental health, which unfortunately promotes a negative stigma across society. While most students go through some form of health education, it typically focuses mainly on physical health. There’s a misconception that having a mental illness is shameful or embarrassing. Because parents lack an understanding about mental health in general, they often don’t go out of their ways to teach their children about it.

When a person begins to develop a mental illness, it’s extremely confusing because he or she doesn’t know what’s happening. It’s difficult to understand why you constantly feel in a state of panic while everyone else seems fine. You may not understand why it’s difficult to get out of bed when you’re worried about yourself and your future. Instead of talking with someone about these issues, it’s common for individuals to self-medicate with illicit substances.

How Dual Diagnosis Develops

In many cases, self-medication aggravates a mental illness. The brain is constantly changing and learning how to help you feel well. If your mind is racing, or you’re constantly depressed, you may find that drugs or alcohol make you happy or calm you down. When the brain makes this connection, it begins to crave substances to make you feel better. Over time, this “solution” can eventually become your biggest problem.

Mind-altering substances can actually exacerbate mental illness symptoms. They can also counteract the effects of any prescriptions you take for various mental health disorders. When you choose substance abuse programs that specialize in dual diagnosis, you’ll begin to find better solutions.

Dual Diagnosis Treatment Center at Crest View Recovery Center

If needed, treatment should begin at a qualified drug or alcohol detox facility that uses a trauma informed approach. In some cases, people begin to see a drastic improvement in their mental health once they go through the detox process. Afterward, you’ll go through an evaluation with a psychiatrist to check your symptoms. This may be a breath of fresh air because you might get answers as to why you experience such strange thoughts and emotions.

At Crest View Recovery Center in Asheville, we offer addiction therapy services that addresses both your addiction and your mental illness. With the aid of our on-site psychiatrist, you’ll start to learn more about the disease of addiction and how it’s perpetuating your mental illness. You’ll see that it’s possible to live a fulfilling life. While you may receive non-narcotic medications to manage mental illness, we also offer holistic healing methods as well.

Take the steps to finding peace, serenity and a new way of living. Call Crest View Recovery Center today at 866.327.2505.

Article Reviewed by Patrice Wishon, LCSW, LCAS, CCS

Patrice Wishon, LCSW, LCAS, CCSPatrice has over 30 years experience working in social work and mental health/substance abuse counseling. She received her Master’s degree from UNC-Chapel Hill and has worked in a variety of settings, including community-based outpatient, hospital and classroom settings. Patrice specializes in substance abuse treatment, trauma and women’s issues.