People who become addicted to substances come from all walks of life and backgrounds. However, it’s common to suffer from mental health disorders and addiction at the same time. Many people who use alcohol or drugs to say that they started abusing substances as a way to defeat anxiety, depression, or other mental health issues.
When you’re under the spell of a substance use disorder, you may do some things that seem “crazy.” Your friends or family may have even called you that word once or twice. The only people that can genuinely diagnose you with a mental health disorder are licensed therapists, psychiatrists, and others who have the training to diagnose and treat people.
Many people who are first getting clean struggle with regulating their emotions. You may feel “up” one day and “down” the next when you’re first getting off the drugs. Addiction is considered a disorder as well. You may find it’s difficult to recognize which feelings are “normal” or exaggerated. With time, you’ll start to feel like yourself again. If you continue to have severe anxiety, depression, or other mental health issues, you will need to consult a professional to make sure you get the help you need.
In treatment, there’s usually help right around the corner. Treatment centers take time to assess new clients and get you the help you need. Inpatient treatment centers are places where both the staff and peers will see you off and on throughout the day. If you have a mental health emergency or symptoms that frighten you, there will be somebody to reach out to throughout the time you’re there. You will learn new coping skills in therapy and through other work.
Mental health is important. Make sure that you’re taking care of yourself by getting the help you need. Recovery isn’t just about staying off alcohol or drugs; it’s also about living your best possible life. Taking care of your mental health needs is a big part of that equation. Don’t hesitate to reach out if you need help!
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