Those who struggle with the disease of addiction often struggle with mental health disorders as well. Without addressing a pre-existing mental illness, trying to stay sober can become problematic for your recovery. At Ashley Addiction Treatment, our compassionate professionals make sure you get the help you need for your mental illness and addiction.

How Do Mental Health Disorders Relate to Addiction?

Woman Who Overcame Mental Health Disorders to Experience Addiction RecoveryDrinking to self-medicate is a sign that your mental illness is exacerbating your addiction. When drugs or alcohol make you feel “better,” your brain stores that information. Eventually, it becomes a subconscious habit to turn to alcohol or drugs when you’re experiencing different symptoms.

The other issue many people deal with is that long-term alcohol or drug use can contribute to creating mental illnesses. You may not have a history of mental health disorders, but drinking or using drugs change your brain’s chemistry. Your brain is no longer creating dopamine properly because you get it from substances. Substance abuse leads to a chemical imbalance, which in some cases can result in depression.

You may begin to feel more anxious or depressed because of your using, so you begin to use more. When you try to stop, you may believe that your mental illness is getting worse, so you turn back to drugs or alcohol.

Diagnosing Mental Health Disorders at Ashley Addiction Treatment

Dual diagnosis treatment plays a major role in many of our substance abuse programs. We’ll perform regular assessments to see if your symptoms increase, decrease, or stay the same. This is important because some people begin to see a decrease in their symptoms after going through detox. Others may have symptoms that increase shortly after getting sober due to withdrawal.

Some of the most common mental illnesses we treat simultaneously with addiction include:

  • Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder (ADHD)
  • Anxiety
  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
  • Depression
  • Bipolar disorder

As we continue to track your progress throughout the rehabilitation process, you’ll also attend intensive individual and group therapy. When you’re dealing with co-occurring disorders, it’s important to address symptoms and learn how to manage them. By going through our program, you’ll learn how you can regain control and overcome your mental illness. While it’ll take a commitment on your part, these treatments will help you establish lasting sobriety.

Mindfulness and Other Holistic Therapy Approaches for Mental Health Disorders

Although Mindfulness is a practice that’s been around for thousands of years, addiction treatment professionals are only beginning to see its benefits. Research shows how this specific type of meditation helps combat mental health disorders. Mindfulness can be a helpful tool not just in rehab but for everyday life as well.

At Ashley Addiction Treatment, we believe recovery is about healing the mind, body, and spirit, which is why we offer holistic care options. Along with Mindfulness training, we also offer:

  • Yoga classes
  • Exercise led by on-staff personal trainers
  • Music and art therapy
  • Massage and acupuncture

We take pride in helping people overcome their addictions, and we want to be part of your success story. We’ve seen many people come through treatment who get a second chance at life, and you can, too. Call Ashley Addiction Treatment today at 866-313-6310 to find out more information.