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Addiction and Mental Health Disorders

Many times when someone seeks treatment for an addictive disorder they also find that they are struggling with mental health disorders as well. While mental health disorders do not directly impact a person’s risk for having an addictive disorder, these two issues often go hand-in-hand. The reason behind why these two issues are often co-occuring is not always cut and dry, but treating both addiction and mental health disorders together helps prevent relapse. “Mood disorders increase vulnerability to drug abuse and addiction, the diagnosis and treatment of the mood disorder can reduce the risk of subsequent drug use.”

The connection between addiction and mental health disorders is apparent, in fact the National Bureau of Economic Research reported:

“When other factors are held constant, mental illness does increase use of addictive goods — relative to use by the overall population — by 20 percent for alcohol, 27 percent for cocaine, and 86 percent for cigarettes.”

Treating an addiction holistically works by examining not only a person’s addiction but their mental health as well. When a person seeks treatment for an addiction, it is likely they will receive treatment for underlying mental health issues. For example, if someone enters an addiction treatment center struggling with alcoholism, their counselor may diagnose them with depression as well. Dual-diagnosis treatment methods allow a patient to receive care for mental health disorders co-occuring with an addiction. Often times, identifying the issues at hand offers patients a more in-depth look at where the addiction stems from and creates a higher success rate of recovery.

Depending on the patient, upon entering a rehab facility a plan for sobriety is made. Many times these plans include detox, therapy (individual and/or group), possible use of medication, and courses to support sobriety. These treatment options are available to patients and vary depending on individual circumstances. For more information on treatment for addiction and mental health disorders, get in touch with The Bergand Group. Serving the Baltimore and Harford County areas, The Bergand Group is Maryland’s leading addiction treatment center.

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About The Bergand Group:

At The Bergand Group in Baltimore and Harford County, Maryland, our therapists have more than twenty years of experience in the mental health and addiction fields. Our focus is on providing comprehensive mental health care and appropriate care for addictive disorders. We offer both alcohol rehabilitation and drug rehabilitation. If you or someone you know is struggling with alcohol or substance addiction, there is help available. We also offer several other services, including family therapy and counseling. We can help. Contact us today.


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