Getting and staying sober can be very difficult, especially if you have mental health issues to address. In order to stay sober, you need to address the problems that led to your substance abuse in the first place. For some people, that may be events that happened in their life, causing situational mental health or emotional problems. Other people may have a diagnosed or undiagnosed mental illness that must be treated in order for sobriety to stick.
Addressing your mental health helps you stay sober in several ways. First, when you get treatment for mental illness it can reduce your desire to escape from reality. As you feel more mentally present and emotionally stable, you will not have as much of a desire to use.
Additionally, mental health treatment can teach you healthy coping skills so that you can handle stress, anxiety, and other triggers without going back to drugs and alcohol. Even if you do not have a mental illness, getting help with these triggers can be very beneficial.
Most people who have a substance abuse disorder also have a mental illness. Self-medication is the most common reason for people to begin using drugs and alcohol. If you don’t get help with your mental illness, you will continue to feel the need to medicate yourself.
Another reason that it is important to address your mental health in sobriety is that as you go through the steps of the program you will discover that many people contributed to your mental and emotional state while you were using. Getting mental health treatment helps you learn how to cope with these people, as well as how to set boundaries so that they will not be able to influence you that way again.
If you need more information about how mental illness can affect your sobriety or if you need help getting and staying sober, contact us today for more information.