About half of all substance abusers also have a mental health disorder. That is a surprising statistic for many. It can help to know that you are not alone, but even addicts without a mental health disorder can benefit from mental health treatment. Here are some examples.
Coping with Trauma
Some people turn to drugs and alcohol to escape from trauma that they have experienced. Although you may not have a mental health disorder, you need to be able to address these issues. If you try to get sober without addressing the catalyst that led to addiction, you will likely be unsuccessful in the long run. Psychotherapy can be of great benefit in these situations.
Coping with Pain
Addiction to prescription painkillers is another big problem facing this country. Some addicts have no mental illness, but have simply become addicted to something that was supposed to help them. Chronic pain can cause a significant amount of depression. Psychotherapy is important here, but it is also important to enlist the aid of a medical doctor to find alternative methods of managing pain.
Learning Coping Mechanisms
When addicts become stressed or severely upset, they may turn back to drugs and alcohol regardless of how long they have been sober. Every addict has triggers that make them want to use. Identifying those triggers and learning healthy coping mechanisms is important for maintaining sobriety. This can also be done in psychotherapy.
If you are struggling with staying sober, we can assist you with sober living programs. We will also give you resources and access to mental health professionals.