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Mental Health and Addiction Treatment

Mental health and addiction treatmentIt is estimated that over 20% of the American population suffers from what is considered a mental health issue; one in five people in the United States are in need of treatment for mental health. While there is no specific demographic group that is more susceptible to mental health issues than others, research indicates that females between the ages of 18-25 with a mixed heritage appear to have a slightly higher incidence than any other group according to research done by the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH).

Major Categories of Mental Health Issues

To understand the myriad mental health issues and to find treatment that is most effective, many professionals categorize mental issues as follows:

  • Anxiety disorders – when a Albuquerque resident responds to certain situations with fear and dread and possesses physical signs of nervousness or angst, a mental health professional will look for underlying issues of anxiety which may be defined as post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), panic disorder, social anxiety disorder, and phobias to specific things.
  • Depressive disorders – if an Albuquerque resident experiences a significant period of time with feelings of extreme fatigue, sadness, or even fluctuations in mood, the professional looks at mood disorders such as depression and bipolar disorders.
  • Psychotic disorders – such as schizophrenia are identified by a person’s distorted thinking.
  • Behavior disorders – this broader category that might include ADHD, eating disorders, impulse control, gambling issues, and other disorders that present with a person’s inability to control his behaviors.

Medications for Mental Health Issues

If it is determined that there appears to be no physical cause for a mental health problem, a doctor may suggest that the Albuquerque patient seek help from a mental health care professional. Psychologists, psychiatrists, and social workers can help people explore the underlying issues that contribute to addiction. At times, mental health professionals will suggest a short-term protocol of medications to see if the drugs can treat the symptoms of mental disorders. They cannot cure the disorder, but they make people feel better so they can function.

Unfortunately, for a variety of reasons, some Albuquerque residents with mental health issues may become addicted to a prescribed medication and must seek treatment for both addiction and the mental health issue.

Effective Treatment for Addiction and Mental Health Issues

Since there are multiple issues to deal with (addiction and mental health), it is suggested that you seek a comprehensive treatment program that may include the following aspects:

  • Medical detox
  • Psychiatric assessment
  • Residential drug treatment
  • Psychiatric re-evaluations through the treatment program
  • Supportive housing after treatment

Get Help for Mental Health Issues and Addiction

Attempting to learn enough about a mental health issue requires a great deal of time and patience, but when Albuquerque residents are actually living with a mental health issue, you need to get support to learn about the most appropriate co-occurring treatment for you. While recovery is difficult, it is possible and we can help, so please call our toll-free helpline today. We are available 24 hours a day to answer any questions you might have about co-occurring treatment programs. We are here to help.