Mental Health & Addiction
Nobody makes the conscious decision to become a chronic substance abuser, and often it happens as a result of a preexisting mental disorder. Mental health experts have understood for decades that addiction is linked to eating disorders, depression, anxiety and other mental health issues. And, without treating both the addiction and the disorder simultaneously through comprehensive mental health programs, the chances for long-term success are drastically reduced.
The research data on this subject is extensive, and it shows a clear correlation between substance abuse and other mental health issues. However, it is not always clear which disorder causes or precedes the other based upon the statistics. Sometimes, one is left with the classic “chicken and the egg” question regarding substance abuse and mental health disorders.
Fortunately, treatments that address both substance abuse and other mental health issues simultaneously seem to be able to avoid the question of causation entirely – and produce impressive long-term success rates for both issues.
Mental Illness & Substance Abuse Statistics
According to the 2014 National Survey on Drug Use and Health, among the over 20 million adults with a past year substance use disorder, over 39% had an acute mental illness in the past year.
However, among adults without a substance use disorder in the past year, only about 16% had an acute mental illness in the past year. Clearly there is a correlation between substance abuse and mental illness, and many adults suffer from co-occurring disorders.
Mental Health Programs at Seaside Palm Beach
Our trained medical staff at Seaside Palm Beach understands the importance of comprehensive care, which is why our philosophy has always been to treat the individual, not the addiction. We work closely with our patients to identify and address the root causes of their addiction to develop an effective treatment plan. Care is provided at our gorgeous treatment facility – where you won’t have to sacrifice your standard of living.
Additionally, our mental health professionals counsel potentially codependent spouses and family members of addicts. The families and friends of our patients are vital to their success, so therapy for close family members is often necessary for full recovery.
We also offer treatment for gambling addiction, an illness that often co-occurs with substance abuse and/or other mental illnesses.