Are You Addicted to Drugs and Suffering from a Mental Illness?

If you’re suffering from a mental illness and are addicted to drugs, you may find that your life is turned upside down. You’ve tried to quit the drugs or alcohol, but you’ve found your mental illness worked against doing that. You’ve looked into mental health treatment centers, but you’re not sure they will accept you once they learn you have a substance abuse problem.

The good news is that there are mental health treatment centers that specialize in mental health and substance abuse. Called a co-occurring disorder, drug abuse, and mental illness frequently occurs together.


How Prevalent Are Co-occurring Disorders?

Co-occurring disorders are common among those who are suffering from mental disorders. In 2014, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration or SAMHSA estimates that in the United States, about 7.9 million adults suffer from co-occurring disorders.  In the United States, almost 44 million adults suffer from mental illness and a little more than 20 million adults have a substance abuse problem. Those with co-occurring disorders are almost 40 percent of those who have drug and alcohol addictions.  A sobering thought, indeed!

The National Institute on Drug Abuse estimates that less than eight percent of those with co-occurring disorders receive treatment for both the substance abuse problem and their mental illness.  Nearly 54 percent of those with co-occurring disorders don’t even receive treatment for one of those problems.

Those with anxiety and mood disorders are twice more likely to suffer from substance abuse as well. A full one-third of military personnel seeking treatment for PTSD often struggle with substance abuse. With numbers like this, you begin to understand just how prevalent co-occurring disorders can be.

How Do I Find a Center That Treats Co-occurring Disorders?

Co-occurring disorders (also called “Dual Diagnosis”) are treated in special rehabilitation centers that are equipped to handle both substance abuse and mental health problems. While both need their own separate treatments, the dual diagnosis treatment center must be aware of the issues involving co-occurring disorders and treat the client so that the treatment for one illness doesn’t exacerbate the other. That way, the client has a better chance controlling his or her mental illness while at the same time work toward recovering from substance abuse. In Merito’s Dual Diagnosis Program, we work hard toward getting you sober and treating your mental illness.

What Can I Expect From a Dual Diagnosis Program?

Like most treatment centers, you’ll be in detox until your body is no longer dependent on the addicting substance. After the detox treatment, you’ll work toward maintaining a sober life by going through treatment which may involve counseling, addiction education, and medications designed to treat your mental illness, whether it is mood disorders such as anxiety, depression, or bipolar disorder, or another problem such as schizophrenia.  At Merito Dual Diagnosis Program, we offer individualized treatment that is tailored for your addiction and your mental illness.  We offer a variety of treatments that include alcohol rehabilitation, drug rehabilitation, alcohol detox, drug detox, sub-acute detox, mental health treatment, behavioral health program, holistic rehab treatment, elderly treatment, PTSD treatment, Christian track, and trauma treatment, among others.

If you or someone you love suffers from both substance addiction and mental illness, you need to get help from a dual diagnosis program that will treat both the addiction and the mental disorder. You can find more about the Merito Dual Diagnosis Program by visiting our website. Get your life back.