Mental health facility

In present times, mental health is most often understood in terms of psychiatric disorders. Media portrayals and pharmaceutical ads seem to focus the public eye on poor mental health; however, mental health is also about health, wellness, and a balanced lifestyle. At The Recovery Village, our mental health facility provides specialized treatment programs for different mental health disorders, and our staff is committed to helping clients build a new foundation for healthy living.

Mental health is an umbrella term that encompasses many different conditions that feature different symptoms. Treatment for any mental health disorder must necessarily begin with a diagnosis of one, two, or multiple co-occurring disorders. As PsychCentral discusses, the definitive guide on mental health disorders in the medical community is the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM). Adult disorders fall into the following categories, with some examples provided:

  • Common disorders: alcohol and substance abuse, depression, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADD/ADHD), bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, and anxiety disorder
  • Disassociative disorder: depersonalization disorder, dissociative amnesia, and dissociative identity disorder
  • Eating disorders: anorexia, bulimia, pica, and binge eating disorder
  • Personality disorders: borderline personality disorder, antisocial personality disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder, and narcissistic personality disorder

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How substance abuse and mental health interact

As the National Alliance on Mental Illness reports, recent scientific research has found that nearly 33 percent of people with mental illness, and approximately 50 percent of people suffering from severe mental illness, also experience drug or alcohol abuse. These statistics beg the question: Which comes first, the mental disorder or the drug abuse? The answer to this question will vary patient to patient, but one thing is clear – abusing drugs or alcohol usually worsens a mental health condition. In some cases, a person has not been diagnosed, or properly diagnosed, with a mental illness, and may seek drugs in an effort to self-medicate. In other cases, drug abuse itself induces mental illness.

Whether mental illness predates substance abuse, or the other way around, the simultaneous presence of mental illness and substance abuse is fraught with dangers, including:

  • Active substance abusers are less likely to follow through on their mental health treatment plans.
  • Deviating from a prescribed treatment plan can increase the likelihood of psychiatric hospitalization and cause additional mental health setbacks.
  • This group is at a greater risk of committing impulsive and violent acts, leading to imprisonment, which may not provide adequate care.
  • Not only does this group have a greater risk of attempting suicide, but it also has a higher rate of actually achieving suicide.
  • This group is less likely to achieve sobriety long-term.

The treatment of co-occurring disorders is often more complicated than the treatment of one disorder alone. Our mental health facility utilizes both medication treatment and psychotherapy as part of a two-tiered approach that is scientifically proven to be more effective than relying on one method alone. Depending on the patient’s individual needs, the first step in treatment may be detox. After detox is complete, a specialized rehab plan will be devised that factors in the patient’s mental health disorder(s).

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We provide clients with the structured environment they need to regain control over their lives, including their mental health. At The Recovery Village, we understand from firsthand clinical experience that many clients experience difficulty in managing their mental illnesses. Our expert services are designed to level the playing field for our clients through helping them to not only achieve sobriety but also to develop the healthy behaviors necessary to live a well-balanced life. Call us to learn more.

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Substance Abuse and Mental Health Treatment
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Substance Abuse and Mental Health Treatment was last modified: November 10th, 2016 by The Recovery Village