Addiction can form for a variety of reasons, and many people in New Jersey are struggling with some form of addiction or another. In fact, it’s become so bad that the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) reports that there was a major spike in New Jersey from 2015 to 2017 when it comes to opioid-related deaths. People don’t stay addicted due to a lack of trying, but they often don’t know what’s driving them to drink or use in the first place. Although genetics and environment play a factor when it comes to addiction, most people become addicted due to mental health issues.
The United States has come a long way when it comes to mental health awareness, but we still have a long way to go. Just about every school has health classes, but they primarily focus on healthy eating, exercise, safe sex and other forms of physical health. Unfortunately, due to the focus on physical health, most schools don’t teach about mental health, so many people don’t even know what to look for. Without knowing the signs and symptoms of mental illness, it can be scary and confusing.
On average, most people develop symptoms of mental illness in their teens or early 20s. This is also when most people begin experimenting with drugs and alcohol. So, if a person is beginning to experience symptoms of mental illness but not realize what’s happening, they are more likely going to begin self-medicating. Drinking or using drugs may offer a person a sense of relief, but substance abuse actually makes the symptoms worse over time. The most common forms of mental illness include the following:
Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD)
One of the primary reasons people relapse is because they don’t address their mental health issues. While 12-step programs like Alcoholics Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous are extremely beneficial, it’s difficult to stay sober without working on your mental health. This is why 12-step programs encourage people to seek the help of mental health professionals if they are struggling with mental illness.
Dual diagnosis treatment centers are different because they treat both your mental health as well as your addiction. You’ll work with therapists, psychologists, and doctors to discover if you have a mental illness that isn’t being treated. While you may receive non-narcotic medications for your mental illness symptoms, there are many holistic ways to improve your mental health as well. Whether it’s through therapies like Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) or meditation practices, there are natural ways to begin recovering.
Enlightened Solutions provides detox as well as mental health services for areas throughout New Jersey. Whether you’re from Camden County, Ocean County, Gloucester County, or Atlantic County, we can help. Not only will we help you come off of the drugs or alcohol safely, but we’ll help you understand why you turn to the substances in the first place. If you’d like more information about our program, don’t hesitate to give us a call today at 833-233-7336.
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