Treating the Co-Occurrence of Mental Health and Substance Abuse

The symptoms of depression, anxiety, and other mental health disorders can be challenging to deal with. Sufferers often turn to drugs and alcohol to help numb the pain or pretend that the mental health issue isn’t there. Quite often, the more serious the disorder, the more severe the abuse.

Unfortunately, this creates a snowball effect wherein the substance amplifies the negative symptoms, and even more, the substance is necessary to temper the symptoms of the mental disorder. The fully integrated program at Summit Malibu can successfully handle a Dual Diagnosis/Co-Occurring Disorder.

The Link Between Mental Health and Substance Abuse

Approximately 50% of people with severe mental disorders also struggle with substance abuse. Each mental health issue has its own symptoms and treatment, and drug and alcohol abuse come with their own sets of problems. However, it is not effective to treat them separately. A dual diagnosis requires specialized treatment to manage co-occurring disorders.

Another thing to remember is that there is no cause and effect when it comes to mental health and substance abuse. While it may be easy to “blame” a disorder for a drug abuse problem, that is just exacerbating the core issue with denial.

The Treatment of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Duality

Summit Malibu takes a holistic approach to recovery, incorporating different programs and activities that most effectively treat the patient. In addition to one-on-one counseling, medical management, group sessions, and activities like yoga and art therapy, we employ addiction treatment modalities. Available therapies include:

  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
  • Dialectical Behavioral Therapy
  • Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing
  • Biofeedback
  • Alpha-Stim
  • Relapse Prevention Therapy
  • Brief Strategic Family Therapy

The Road to Recovery

You do not need to handle your mental health and substance abuse problems alone. Summit Malibu is here to help. Contact us for more information about our programs and treatment modalities, and start the journey on your road to recovery.