I used to drink socially with friends, and slowly began to drink more and more. I started to drink alone, in the mornings, and experimenting with drugs to make me feel happier. I wouldn’t believe my family when they said that this wasn’t normal and I had to stop. They staged an intervention which helped me to come to terms with my need for help. – Alex
Mental health and the boundary between what is normal and what is not normal behaviour can often be very hard to diagnose.
Often, the distinction isn’t very clear. However, the difficulty in diagnosing mental health issues can also come from a self-diagnosis or self-denial.
Many with mental health and addiction issues will often fail to see that they are struggling or sugar-coat the harsh realities they are living in.
A lot of addicts with mental health problems think they can self-medicate or cope with feelings of depression, anxiety, or trauma, by abusing substances.
If you are struggling with addiction and mental illness, call us on 0808 1150 446 to get the support you need.
Because mental health issues can often be swept under the carpet, and because the spectrum of mental health issues is so large, we aim to shed light on those key warning signs that tell you when you should be seeking medical help.
Here at the Executive Rehab Guide, we are committed to providing those in need with the best medical help and treatment for their individual situation.
So, if you need help recovering from mental health and addiction, call us today on 0808 1150 446.
What if I am suffering from dual-diagnosis?
If your mental health issues have caused an addiction, then you will need to be treated for both.
The most effective form of treatment, in this case, is to go to a residential rehab facility.
Here, you will be treated for your substance use disorder and your mental health problems will be addressed to as part of a fully integrated recovery plan.
Before any treatment begins, you will need to detox in the secure rehab facility.
This will ensure that you are sober and stable to receive further therapy for your Substance Use Disorder (SUD) and mental health problems.
A very common and proven form of therapy for dual diagnosis is CBT, which stands for Cognitive Behavioural Therapy.
This allows the individual to approach their addiction by identifying triggers and learning the appropriate tools to help combat cravings and maintain sobriety.
In terms of mental health, CBT allows the patient to get to the crux and cause of their mental illness, to identify causes and destructive thought and behaviour patterns.
This will enable the individual to approach these feelings positively and improve their overall mentality.
CBT isn’t the only way individuals with dual diagnosis are treated. See the full range of treatment options here.
When should I get treatment for a co-occurring illness?
While seeking help for your mental health problems is important regardless of their severity, if you experience the following warning signs, you are putting yourself and others at risk and you need to seek help as a matter of urgency:
- You are experiencing changes in your personality, sleep and eating patterns.
- Coping with daily life and mundane tasks is difficult.
- Feelings of excessive depression or anxiety.
- Frequent suicidal thoughts.
- You are harming others physically and emotionally.
- You are putting yourself at severe risk.
- Your mood swings are significant.
- resorting to alcohol and drug abuse as a coping mechanism.
So many people suffering avoid seeking treatment because they feel guilty, ashamed, fearful, or they are in denial about their condition.
This is an important first step because your doctor will be familiar with your history, your social and medical context, and will provide you with the diagnosis you need to begin recovery.
How are mental disorders diagnosed?
In order to determine your mental health problems and psychiatric needs in order to recover, the consultant psychiatrists at your residential rehab will often base your treatment plan on the following information:
- They will ask about your medical history, physical and mental disorders in you or your family.
- A physical assessment will be undertaken to rule out any conditions that might also be causing symptoms.
- They will question you about your current concerns and the reasons why you are seeking help.
- They will ask you about recent events or changes in your life
- Current or recently experienced symptoms
What is normal behaviour, and what isn’t?
It can often be useful to know what is classed as normal behaviour in order to determine whether you are suffering from a mental illness.
Mental health is the umbrella term used for the overall wellness of how you think, behave and act, and the way in which you regulate your thoughts and feelings.
A mental disorder occurs when there is a disturbance and change in patterns of thinking and behaving. these changes in behavioural and thought patterns impact the ability to function in daily life.
If you are not suffering from a mental illness, you are able to:
- Communicate your feelings healthily and regularly
- Maintain social and familial relationships
- Perform professionally at work, school, or University
- Learn and accumulate knowledge at the expected level for your age group
- Participate in hobbies, interests, and important activities
If you are struggling or feeling unable to cope with any of the above, and even find yourself turning to alcohol or drugs to relax or alleviate symptoms, feelings of helplessness and anxiousness, then you may be suffering from a mental health disorder. And it is time to seek help.
We are here, whenever you need us
Recovery is possible. All you need to do is take the first step.
Our team of friendly addiction specialists always here to help.
If you are struggling, or if you have any questions at all about treatment for dual diagnosis, call us today on 0808 1150 446.
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