Addiction can begin for a variety of different reasons. Some people go through a traumatic experience that ignites their addiction, while others have more of a gradual progression with the disease until their life eventually becomes unmanageable. There are also those who turn to substances as a form of self-medicating. They may have been experiencing signs of some sort of mental illness but did not realize what it was. Most addicts have emotional challenges far before they have problems with drug use and abuse. They feel different than those around them or have feelings of being alone, even though they may be in a crowd of people. At some point they turned to drugs or alcohol and immediately felt relief. That feeling then became something they were willing to chase to extreme depths.
Common Types of Mental Illnesses:
One of the many side effects of long-term substance abuse is that it takes its toll on the addict's mind, and this can often deceive the individual into believing they have a mental illness. It is very well possible that the person's mental health is fine, but they will experience other symptoms while still in addiction until their mind has been detoxed from drugs or alcohol. Sometimes the cure to dealing with signs of anxiety and depression are solved when the person begins recovery from addiction.
A dual diagnosis is when the individual still shows symptoms of mental health issues after the substances have been removed from their body. Baltimore Drug Treatment Centers has addiction specialists that can help guide clients to rehabs that deal with these issues without the use of narcotic medications. Addiction medicine has made a lot of progress in recent years by designing medications specifically for those recovering from addiction so that they can live a happy and healthy life without the fear of abusing substances. Part of relapse prevention is being able to feel comfortable in life without the use of drugs or alcohol. Please don't hesitate to call us today for help with finding a rehab facility at (443) 703-1613.