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Mental Health and Addiction Treatment

Mental Health and Addiction TreatmentMental health issues affect many Des Moines residents. These issues range in severity and may include the following:

  • Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Behavioral disorders
  • Schizophrenia

In an effort to deal with mental health problems, many people turn to drugs and alcohol. According to reports published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), almost 50 percent of individuals with severe mental disorders are affected by substance abuse, and 37 percent of alcohol abusers and 53 percent of drug abusers have at least one serious mental illness.

Dual Diagnosis of Co-Occurring Mental Health and Addiction Issues

When a person suffering with a mental illness also abuses drugs or alcohol, he or she is experiencing co-occurring disorders or a Dual Diagnosis. Two distinct but related issues are happening at the same time for that person. Research done by the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) indicates that a person who is struggling with a co-occurring disorder needs treatment for both problems. If treatment is only provided for the mental illness, the substance abuse often interferes with the person’s ability to respond to mental health treatment. Conversely if treatment is only provided for the substance abuse, the unresolved mental health symptoms are primary instigators of substance abuse relapse.

Integrated Treatment for Co-Occurring Mental Health and Addiction Concerns

Integrated treatment for co-occurring disorders coordinates services for each condition to help people recover from all components in one setting. During integrated treatment a person receives consistent treatment with no separation between mental health and substance abuse assistance. This provides harmonious and comprehensive treatment. The most effective treatment is designed to treat the whole person and not just the drug addiction or just the mental health issue. Quality integrated treatment programs establish an interrelated program that also includes nutrition, family counseling, money management and treatment for other factors that may be impacting the person’s ability to get sober and manage mental health symptoms effectively. Effective integrated treatment programs recognize the following:

  • Each person needs to be treated as an individual and not as someone that has to fit into an existing therapy model
  • Different therapies can provide benefit at different times during the person’s recovery, so treatment plans need to be reevaluated and adjusted as needed
  • People with co-occurring conditions are more easily engaged in treatment that is provided by understanding and nonjudgmental professionals
  • Positive reinforcement and the opportunity to gain independence are necessary for Dual Diagnosis recovery
  • A variety of social experiences gives a person with a Dual Diagnosis the opportunity to build social skills and develop valuable and meaningful relationships
  • Education, family counseling and support for family members enhance a person’s chance for recovery

Get Help for Mental Health Issues and Addiction

When you or a family member is living with a mental health issue and addiction, you need to get support to learn about the most appropriate and effective treatment. While recovery is difficult, it is possible and we can help, so please call our toll-free helpline today. We are available 24 hours a day to answer any questions you might have about co-occurring treatment programs. Learn how you can end addiction today; call now.