Focusing on Mental Health Disorders & Addiction in North Carolina
All people are different when it comes to battling alcohol or drug addiction, but our team at October Road has seen a trend of addiction overlapping with mental health disorders like anxiety, depression, and bipolar. In 2018 alone, 9.2 million adults had a mental illness and substance use disorder at the same time in the United States. Some people with existing mental health issues will use drugs or alcohol to treat their symptoms, only to develop an addiction, while others develop addiction first that triggers mental health disorder symptoms. If you are battling addiction and mental health illness at the same time, you deserve to be treated by a center that knows what you’re going through. Our team offers co-occurring disorder treatment in Charlotte that is specifically designed to help you gain control over your addiction while also improving your mental health.
Contact us online or by phone at (888) 201-5086 to get the help you need. Your first step towards recovery begins by picking up the phone.
What is a Co-Occurring Disorder?
When an individual is diagnosed with both a substance use disorder and a mental health issue, the diagnosis is called a co-occurring disorder or a dual diagnosis. Though one disorder may have influenced the other, both disorders are known to exacerbate one another. Both mental illness and addiction can be caused by the same factors, including brain chemistry, family history, and personal trauma.
There are a variety of addictions and mental health disorders that people can have at the same time.
- Addiction: This is defined as physical and psychological dependence on a drug or multiple drugs. Common addictions include alcohol, as well as drugs such as cocaine, heroin, prescription drugs, benzodiazepines, fentanyl, morphine, and more.
- Mental illness: Though all people can experience depression and anxiety in their lives, experiencing serious symptoms that affect your daily life may be an indicator of a mental health disorder. Common types of mental illnesses include mood disorders, anxiety disorders, personality disorders, and more.
Symptoms & Consequences of Co-Occurring Disorders
Co-occurring disorders can often be challenging to diagnose, as some symptoms of mental illness are often confused with symptoms of drug or alcohol addiction. Addiction and mental illness can have some of the same symptoms, including depression, euphoria, moodiness, fear and anxiety, hallucinations, and suicidal thoughts. Countless Americans live their lives addressing one issue but not the other.
There are, however, some patterns among people living with co-occurring disorders. If either of the following sound familiar to you, you could be living with both addiction and mental illness:
- Your mental health symptoms are worsening even while you’re receiving treatment: If you’re turning to alcohol or drugs in order to cope with your mental illness, your symptoms will worsen, not improve. Abusing drugs can interfere with the medications you may be taking to treat your disorder, and addiction can also prevent you from developing healthy coping skills.
- Your alcohol or drug problems aren’t getting better in rehab: Some people are surprised when they stop using drugs or alcohol, but their symptoms aren’t getting any better. It can be challenging to treat your substance use issues without also treating your mental health disorder.
The consequences of living with mental illness and substance abuse problems are similar, too. People with mental health and addiction issues are more likely to have financial difficulties, unstable relationships, and impaired social functions, and they’re more likely to lose their jobs. There’s also an increased risk of suicide. All of these consequences can negatively impact a person’s life, but seeking help can prevent this reality from becoming your future.
How We Can Help
At October Road, our team can conduct a thorough assessment to diagnose your addiction and mental health issues and then develop a plan that treats both. Our holistic approach to treatment ensures that we don’t just treat our patients’ problems, but we treat their overall health and well-being, too. Through outpatient programs, therapies, and support groups, we have a variety of options that can give you the help you need.
Call us for co-occurring disorder treatment in Charlotte today at (888) 201-5086. We strive to help as many people in North Carolina as possible and have another location in Asheville.