Mental Health and Addiction Recovery
July 25, 2019
Substance abuse affects the entire person struggling with addiction. This includes their physical, mental, emotional and spiritual health and well-being. The first step is to begin the path of physical abstinence, where the person is no longer putting addictive drugs or alcohol into their body. It is recommended that this first step is done in an inpatient or outpatient detox setting, under the supervision of medical professionals. Once the physical dependence has been addressed, many people will need additional support to address the mental and emotional components of recovery from addiction.
Some people may discover that they have been self-medicating to address a co-occurring disorder such as depression, anxiety, or bipolar disorder. Others may realize that the emotional effects of trauma, low self-esteem, grief, loss or other unprocessed life experiences were a part of their compulsion to use substances. Addressing these issues with the help of a qualified professional is so helpful. As people learn to rely on the support available to work through the issues that are arising during early recovery, the likelihood of returning to their old coping mechanisms decreases.
There are many options for addressing mental health issues that arise in early recovery. Each recovering person is unique; therefore, it is important to find a treatment plan and provider that will work with the individual to address their needs. At Perspectives Integrated Treatment and Sober Living, we offer outpatient detox, psychiatry, intensive outpatient groups, individual counseling, case management and men and women’s sober living.