Substance abuse and mental illness often go hand-in-hand. Most people begin to drink heavily or use drugs to mask the difficult, painful feelings tied to depression or anxiety. Other mental illnesses, including bipolar disorder, borderline personality disorder, schizophrenia, and PTSD can influence someone to abuse substances and develop an addiction.
Inpatient rehab can give you specialized mental health treatment along with drug or alcohol rehab to find the balance, stability, and skills you’ll need to maintain sobriety and improve your life.
Dual Diagnosis Treatment
When looking for a rehab that offers quality mental health treatment, you should look for facilities that offer “dual diagnosis treatment.” When someone has a substance abuse problem and a mental health disorder, this is known as a dual diagnosis. Dual diagnoses can be primary or secondary; primary mental illnesses are caused by substance abuse while secondary disorders occur alongside the addiction.
In either case, your mental health and addiction are closely intertwined. By finding a rehab that values and emphasizes mental wellness, you will be setting yourself up for a much more stable recovery.
People who go to rehab and only get help for addiction are likely to relapse; the psychological nature and influence of mental health on substance abuse makes mental health services valuable to everyone in recovery.
What Does Mental Health Therapy Mean in Rehab?
You might not understand why you have to go to therapy in rehab, or why mental health treatment matters in addiction treatment. Substance abuse is considered a mental illness; there are 11 different substance use disorders listed in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-V). Doctors and mental health professionals use this book as a guide when identifying the symptoms of various psychological disorders and mental illnesses.
In the context of rehab, mental health is about so much more than treating mental illness. Even if you do not suffer from depression or anxiety, there are many important life skills that are directly linked to your mental well-being.
Some of the skills you may develop through mental health therapy include:
– Stress management.
– Building self-esteem.
– Recognizing and responding to emotions in a healthy manner.
– Overcoming grief and loss.
– Healing from painful memories or trauma.
– Communication and conflict resolution.
– Parenting skills.
In just about every aspect of life, your mental health comes into play. By taking the time to prioritize your emotions, thoughts and how you handle them, you give yourself a foundation necessary to overcome bigger challenges.
Types of Mental Health Treatment in Inpatient Rehab
How you feel about your addiction will make the biggest impact on your recovery. To make sure that you have all the resources you need to stay sober, most inpatient rehabs offer a variety of therapeutic treatments to tackle different mental health issues.
Some of these strategies may include motivational interviewing, cognitive behavior therapy (CBT), dialectical behavior therapy (DBT), acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT) and mindfulness-based cognitive therapy (MBCT).
Therapists do not typically have a one-size-fits-all approach to treatment. It’s important to choose a rehab that offers a “holistic” form of rehab, which means they consider every aspect of an individual’s life in their recovery.
If you have lived through trauma, rehab may be the place you finally get the help you need to begin healing. Opening up about trauma is hard, and reliving painful memories through recollection may even seem unbearable. Counselors understand how difficult this is, and they are trained to guide you through every step of counseling and rebuild from your painful past.
The unique challenges, struggles and mental health issues faced by people in the LGBT community require specialized treatment. You do not have to fear discrimination in rehab. You will be able to find a therapist who accepts you exactly as you are and does not seek to change anything about your sexuality or gender during treatment.
There are many inpatient rehabs that offer LGBT-specialized therapy, so you can get treatment in an inclusive, inspiring environment.
Find the Right Rehab for You
Contact us today at 800-737-0933 to get connected with a rehab that offers the services you need. Whether it’s trauma-informed care, women’s only rehab or treatment for a specific mental health problem, we can work together and find a program that can help you.