When at least one mental health disorder accompanies an addiction, evidence has shown that integrated treatment for each disorder is the most effective strategy for long-term recovery. The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) acknowledges that many individuals suffering from an addiction also struggle with other mental health disorders, which exacerbates the severity of substance dependency, making efforts to overcome the active stage of addiction rather futile.
NIDA explains, “Because drug abuse and addiction-both of which are mental disorders-often co-occur with other mental illness, patients presenting with one condition should be assessed for the other(s). And when these problems co-occur, treatment should address both (or all), including the use of medications as appropriate.”
Several symptoms of multiple mental health disorders are consistent with those of substance abuse disorders. In addition, every individual responds to addiction and mental health disorders differently, therefore treatment strategies are tailored specifically for our patients and their families and remain flexible to accommodate fluid needs and progress made in treatment.
NIDA also notes that long-lasting recovery is achieved through “varying combinations of services and treatment components during the course of treatment and recovery. In addition to counseling or psychotherapy, a patient may require medication, medical services, family therapy, parenting instruction, vocational rehabilitation, and/or social and legal services.
For many patients, a continuing care approach provides the best results, with the treatment intensity varying according to a person’s changing needs.”
At A Better Today Recovery Services, we embrace the potential each of our patients has for a long-lasting life in recovery and this session emboldens our patients’ families do the same.