Helping Patients Who Suffer from Both Addiction and Psychiatric Disorders

BY: Lizzie Weakley 

Often, mental illness and drug addiction go hand in hand. This is because when people use drugs, it is typically due to an underlying mental issue, such as depression and anxiety. Also, using drugs can trigger various types of mental disorders. Therefore, it is important to take a comprehensive approach when treating patients in order to determine if they have a mental disorder that needs to be addressed along with their treatment for addiction. The following information will provide a closer look at ways you can help patients who are suffering from both conditions in order to ensure a full and lasting recovery:

Develop an Integrated Treatment Plan

An integrated treatment plan will help to effectively address both the mental illness and the addiction. Examples of helpful methods include starting off with a medical detox when necessary. This will allow the patient to come off of the drugs or alcohol in a safe way. Once this is completed, the patient should be thoroughly evaluated in order to determine a proper diagnosis as well as a proper recovery plan. From here, it can be helpful to provide the patient with various types of therapy, such as one-on-one sessions and group sessions. This will allow them to work through their underlying issues that lead to addiction in the first place and can also give them the opportunity to relate to and empathize with others in a similar situation, which will show them that they are not alone and that they can work through their problems with others, which can help to achieve more meaningful and lasting results. Overall, a dual diagnosis treatment program can allow the patient to focus on healing from both their mental illness as well as their addiction and develop effective coping mechanisms for both issues.

Create an Aftercare Plan

Both mental illness and addiction can be an ongoing issue. Therefore, you will need to ensure that you provide patients with the proper tools they need to succeed beyond just the recovery phase. It can be helpful to encourage patients to continue attending therapy sessions during their transition back into normal life. It can also be beneficial to ensure that the patient is able to build a strong support system and is able to successfully navigate conflict. By building a support system, this will ensure that they have people who are there to help them during difficult times, and learning to effectively navigate conflict will ensure that they don’t become too overwhelmed when things go wrong, which will ensure they are able to fight the temptation to use again.

Overall, dealing with both addiction and mental illness can be a difficult process. There are likely many underlying issues that will need to be addressed and worked through. The aforementioned information makes a great starting point in order to ensure that patients are able to fully recover and go on to live normal healthy lives. Reintegrating back into society can often be difficult. So, it is important that you take the proper steps to ensure that patients are well-prepared to return to independent living and that they have the proper tools and knowledge needed to be successful.

 

Substance Abuse Practitioner Program Article on Grief of Addicted Family Member

Family grieves over addicted loved ones.  The stigma and grief associated with such matters can take a heavy toll on family members.  Family members have to deal with many matters on numerous financial, emotional and mental stages.   Like any loss, a family member may go through the stages of grief associated with it.  The numerous secondary losses of losing a family member to addiction are also present.

Addiction goes beyond the person and affects one’s family. Please also review our Substance Abuse Practitioner Program

The article, “Stages Of Grief When A Loved One Is Addicted” by Brittany Meadows states,

“Most people never think that they will one day witness addiction firsthand. Many people dealing with addiction in their family don’t fully understand the disease of addiction and how it not only impacts the person suffering with substance abuse, but everyone else in their life.”

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Substance Abuse Practitioner Program Article on Men and Mental Illnesss

Many men suffer from alcoholism and mental illness but find no help.  This is partly due to attitudes towards men and how mental illness is approached.  Men need as much help as women when it comes to mental issues and require the same help.  Men just need to ask for it.

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The article, “Why Many Men Have a Harder Time Seeking Treatment for Mental Illness” from Healthline states,

“I think part of it may be this macho thing,” Dr. Raymond Hobbs, a physician consultant at Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan, told Healthline. “A lot of guys don’t want to admit they have this problem. They still see depression as a sign of weakness.”

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Substance Abuse Practitioner Article on Substance Abuse and Employees

Employers are faced with issues of employees.  The issues can come to work but many of them can be dealt with efficiently.  Stress, anxiety and grief can all be met with a kind hand, but also the issue of substance abuse.  As long as substance abuse is not affecting the workplace, how can an employer help an employee suffering from this and maintain productivity?

Its beneficial for employers to help employees with substance abuse issues. Please also review our Substance Abuse Practitioner Program and see if it meets your academic and professional goals

The article, “Taking On Substance Use Disorder As An Employer — Getting It Right” by Gary Gottlieb states,

“Nearly one in ten full-time workers in the U.S. has a substance abuse problem, and the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) reports that 7.9 million individuals in the U.S. are dealing with a dual diagnosis: experiencing substance use disorder along with another mental health condition like anxiety, depression, or bipolar disorder. Substance use can involve alcohol, prescription or illicit drugs.”

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Substance abuse is a serious issue. Please also review our Substance Abuse Practitioner Program and see if it matches your academic and professional goals.

Substance Abuse Practitioner Article on Variance in Substance Abuse Treatment

Short article on the variance of the effective nature of substance abuse counseling and treatment.  It can vary due to the subjective nature of individuals.  It is important for substance abuse consultants to identify areas that can prove negative for some and positive for others.

Substance Abuse Counseling and treatment can vary. Please also review our Substance Abuse Practitioner Program

The article, “Outcomes of substance abuse treatment vary” by Mike Rosmann states,

“Outcomes of treatments for substance abuse are difficult to predict and also are difficult for the people affected by the substance abuser to deal with. This is the 10th report about Dan and Darla, a farm couple and their two children, a daughter who is 13 and a son who is 9 years old. As usual, I have not used their real names or revealed identifying information”

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Assisting Your Patients in Overcoming Heroin Addiction

 

Written by Lizzie Weakley, a freelance writer from Columbus, Ohio.

 

With the unprecedented rise of opium addiction, you are probably seeing more patients with serious addiction issues who need medical help. Some are living basically functional lives, but their drug use is threatening to get out of control. Other users are hooked on heroin and have become unable to care for themselves, possibly facing overdose or death if they cannot stop using this destructive drug. The following strategies may be able to help heroin-addicted patients.

Cognitive Therapy

People who are addicted to a strong substance like heroin often benefit from cognitive therapy, or professional counseling. This approach assists patients in addressing core issues that may be causes or triggers for the addiction, such as a troubled childhood, mental health problems, or contributory circumstances like finances or dysfunctional relationships. Dealing with root causes can often help an addict to bring heroin use under control.

Detox Heroin Treatment

Heroin is both physically and mentally addictive. Used consistently, it disrupts normal life and puts someone on the path to destruction. Many addiction specialists recommend detox heroin treatment to completely clear the drug from both the body and the mind, and enable the person to regain normal function of both. There are both in-house and outpatient options, depending on the level of addiction the patient is struggling with, as well as lifestyle responsibilities like a job and family. Completing a detox heroin treatment program is often the first step toward a successful recovery.

Community Support Group

Heroin addiction recovery can also be reinforced by joining a community support group. The group is typically led by a professional therapist or a successfully recovered person with some level of education or training. Group members help each other by providing accountability, sharing encouragement, and reinforcing a recovery lifestyle. Support groups meet at different times, sometimes daily or weekly. Consistent attendance has been shown to be an effective tool in achieving and maintaining recovery. You can have information for support groups in your office, facilitate the meeting places for such places, or run them, if you have the required training.

Medical Referral

Some addicts are dealing with a number of physical or mental ailments, which may be contributing to the heroin addiction. If you are a general practitioner, you may need to refer your patient to a specialist who can treat the auxiliary problems that are debilitating the patient, along with facilitating heroin addiction recovery. Keeping pamphlets around the office and having the information on hand for patients who talk to you about their addiction is a good place to start.

Although heroin addiction is highly destructive, it can be effectively treated. Give your patients the tools they need to be able to treat their addiction at the root level in order for recovery to be successful. Teaming up with other doctors, therapists, and health care providers in your area can enable you to help patients who suffer from addiction, even if such treatment is outside of your expertise. Just by giving patients the information they need, by incorporating some of the above methods, or even just facilitating them, you can help save the lives of those under your care.

 

Substance Abuse Practitioner Article on Veteran Care and Substance Abuse

One of the most sad realities in this country is the treatment of veterans.   Veterans do not receive the top quality care they need.  Many lapse into mental disorders and become victims to substance abuse.  Better care is a must for them.

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The article, “Substance abuse among veterans increasing as mental health issues go untreated, study finds” by Frank Miles illustrates this growing problem.  The article states,

More U.S. military veterans are struggling with substance abuse and half of returning service members who need mental health treatment don’t seek out care, according to newly released data.

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Substance Abuse Practitioner Article on Addiction Therapy

Addiction of anything is hard to overcome.  Many times individuals need assistance or substance abuse counselors to help them overcome the addiction.  Addiction therapy is another tool that can be used.

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The article, “What Is Addiction Therapy, and Does It Work?” from Rehab Solution states,

“Addiction therapy delves deeply into the roots of addiction. It seeks out its original causes, because addiction is frequently a manifestation of deep-seated mental issues, such as depression or anxiety. Addicts seek relief by “self-medicating” with drugs and/or alcohol.”

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Substance Abuse Counseling Training Program Article on Role of Addiction Counselors

The role of an addiction counselor is critical in helping individuals overcome addictive impulses as well as substance abuse. Helping individuals overcome this can be achieved through licensed counselors with degrees in counseling, or also through educated professionals, some licensed, others not, who are certified in substance abuse counseling.   Substance Abuse Counseling itself does not require a license, but numerous professionals in the counseling field add such certifications to their background

Some individuals need professional help to defeat addiction. Please also review our Substance Abuse Counseling Training Program

The article,  “The Role of the Counselor in Addiction Recovery” from Wake Forest University looks at the role of an Addiction Counselor.  The article states,

“Substance abuse counselors provide a necessary support system for individuals recovering from eating disorders, drug and alcohol issues, gambling addictions, and other behavioral issues. By forming a relationship built on trust with their patients, counselors provide the support, resources, and judgement-free guidance that patients can utilize on their road to addiction recovery.”

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Please also review the Substance Abuse Counseling Training program at AIHCP which helps professional earn a certification in this field.

Substance Abuse Counseling Program Article on the Rise of Underage Consumption

Substance abuse among underage adults is becoming a national trend.  Data shows this rise in the teen population.   As a society, we need to answer this call and see where to root out this addiction.   It definitely starts at home but good substance abuse programs and counselors are also a need.

Substance abuse is on the rise for teens.  Please also review our Substance Abuse Counseling Program and see if it meets your professional needs
Substance abuse is on the rise for teens. Please also review our Substance Abuse Counseling Program and see if it meets your professional needs

The article, “Data show underage substance abuse on the rise” by by Kenneth Anton states in regards the dates, 

“The number of substance abuse related felony hearings tripled during the same period. It should be noted that most of the Substance abuse cases, whether pre-expulsion or felony hearing, were mostly at the high school level, yet the lower grades were not immune to the unfortunate effects”

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The article and data clearly shows that multiple addictions are on the rise in the youth and next generation.  Please also review our Substance Abuse Counseling Program and see if it meets your professional needs.