Some young adults and teenagers abuse drugs in an attempt to rebel against their parents or they consider themselves as “misfits” and want to find a place where they fit in. Other reasons that people may abuse drugs and alcohol are due to past traumas or to fill a void feeling inside of themselves. People also abuse drugs because they have underlying mental health disorders. When this is the case, it is called self-medicating.
Mental health disorders sometimes fly under the radar and are not noticed. Individuals who self-medicate can suffer a substantial amount because they go through life feeling that there is something wrong with them and they can not put their finger on it. This is co-occurring disorder play a big part their growing substance abuse problem.
Co-occurring disorders is defined as a patient having both a mental health disorder and a substance abuse disorder. Co-occurring disorders were given their own label to refer specifically to a substance abuse and a mental health disorder. A Better Today understands that individuals who suffer from an undiagnosed mental health disorder, often develop a dependency on substances like heroin, alcohol, and/or marijuana to cope with the symptoms of their mental health disorders. (i.e. PTSD, major depression, or anxiety).
This behavior of self-medicating with drugs and alcohol may appear to allow the individual to feel normal or cope with life’s hardships. What appears at first like a cure to his or her problems, turns into a trap that enslaves the person to addiction.
When you are searching for a quality substance abuse treatment facility do not be afraid to ask questions that :
- Are your therapists qualified to properly diagnosis & treat co-occurring disorders?
- Does your potential candidate for a treatment center conduct mental health evaluations based on the DSM-5?
- If I have a co-occurring disorder that is influenced by a substance abuse problem, will I receive individualized treatment that will treat both the addiction and co-occurring disorder?
- How often would I meet one-on-one with a qualified therapist during my time in treatment?
Asking these detailed questions will provide you with the right answers to move forward in investing in treatment. This is your future and the quality of the rest of your life. The decisions you make about the treatment center will leave an impression and how receptive you are in maintaining their sobriety and aftercare. ABT’s approach to alcohol and drug treatment offers quality levels of care that result in long-term sobriety, by offering co-occurring treatment that addresses the mental health disorder and substance abuse disorder simultaneously.