Mental health issues commonly occur alongside substance use disorders and a lack of treatment and care for these co-occurring issues can result in negative long-term outcomes, including relapse and possible overdose. A report by the National Institute on Drug Abuse found that around half of all people who experience a mental health issue will also experience a substance use disorder at some point during their lives. In particular, substance use disorders most commonly occur alongside anxiety disorders, including generalized anxiety, panic, and post-traumatic stress disorders. Drug and alcohol use are also seen at higher levels in those suffering from mental health issues such as depression, ADHD, schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, and borderline or antisocial personality disorders. 1, 2
Our Treatment Approach
At The Summit Wellness Group, we utilize the latest medications, therapeutic techniques, and technologies to form the most comprehensive treatment approach possible. We not only treat the body and the brain but also the person as a whole, forming individualized treatment plans for each individual client based on their own unique needs, challenges, and goals. While there is a wide range of mental health challenges that may appear alongside addiction, there are some conditions that appear more frequently than others. Our comprehensive dual-diagnosis treatment plans include treatment itineraries for mental health issues such as:
Anxiety disorders can take many forms and is thought to be the most common type of mental health disorder. Anxiety is a normal sensation that is necessary for survival, but when it goes out of control, this is known as “pathological” anxiety. While the specific conditions may differ slightly in the specific treatments, the overall symptoms caused by these disorders are similar: increased psychological and physical tension, a perception of threat where none actually exists, and an inappropriate or heightened response to a normal stimulus. Some specific anxiety disorders that we treat include:
Depression is a general “depression” of mood that often manifests as sadness, lack of interest in life, and decreased motivation and energy. Symptoms of depression can arise from many different things, including withdrawal from drugs or alcohol. While withdrawal-related depression is usually temporary, a permanent depressive condition can be very detrimental to someone’s chances of successful recovery, and sometimes even fatal. Some of the most common depressive disorders that we treat include:
Experiencing trauma during addiction is, unfortunately, quite common. This can result in a persistent stress disorder that manifests as reliving the traumatic event, nightmares, unwanted thoughts, and negative emotional states that may resemble depression. There is a high correlation between substance abuse, PTSD, and suicidal thoughts or attempts so finding an effective treatment for this condition is extremely important.
Previously considered a type of anxiety disorder, as of 2013, the DSM-V has a new classification for obsessive-compulsive and related disorders. This is a neurosis that manifests as unwanted, intrusive thoughts that cause someone distress and that they try to suppress. These can take the form of a strong desire to perform an action that causes anxiety or stress until the action is performed. OCD can interfere with someone’s life and increase stress, so finding treatment can help their chances of recovery.
This is most commonly a neurodevelopmental disorder that occurs early in life, although there is adult-onset ADHD that may not emerge until later in life. Additionally, some drugs such as cocaine can produce symptoms very similar to ADHD during, and after, withdrawal. This can make a proper diagnosis and effective treatment difficult, and finding the proper care is crucial to a successful recovery.
This mental health condition is marked by wide swings between elevated (manic) moods and very low, sad (depressive) moods. There are two main types of this disorder, Bipolar 1 and Bipolar 2 and they are very similar, although there are clear distinctions. This mental health disorder can be extremely disruptive to someone’s life and chances at recovery, as they may feel great for several days, followed by days of extreme depression. Finding treatment is critical if someone wants the best possible chances at a successful recovery.
One of 4 “Cluster B” personality disorders, borderline personality disorder is marked by unstable self-esteem or self-image, poor impulse control, recurring suicidal or self-harm behaviors, angry outbursts, stress-induced paranoia, and an intense fear of abandonment. This mental health issue can make forming new relationships extremely difficult, and subsequently decrease someone’s chances of successful recovery unless they obtain appropriate treatment.
Schizophrenia is a type of psychotic disorder that is distinguished by an issue in one or more of the following 5 areas: hallucinations, delusions, disorganized thinking, abnormal motor behavior, and negative symptoms. The diagnosis of schizophrenia can be quite difficult during and after withdrawal from drugs or alcohol, as some substances produce withdrawal symptoms such as delirium and hallucinations that may be mistaken for schizophrenia-like symptoms. Getting an accurate diagnosis, and comprehensive care is critical if someone hopes to recover.
- National Institute on Drug Abuse: Common Comorbidities with Substance Use Disorders Research Report
- National Institute on Drug Abuse: Comorbidity – Substance Use Disorders and Other Mental Illnesses
- SAMHSA Treatment Improvement Protocol 42: Substance Abuse Treatment for Persons With Co-Occurring Disorders
- Psychiatry Online: Use of Mental Health Care and Substance Abuse Treatment Among Adults With Co-occurring Disorders