It is common for someone with a mental health condition such as depression or PTSD to turn to drugs to cope emotionally. While The Raleigh House can treat addictions with co-occurring mental conditions, we are different from other intensive outpatient programs (IOP) in that we are a designated mental health specialty clinic. This means we can treat a variety of mental health conditions, regardless of the presence of a drug addiction.
At The Raleigh House, we treat the following mental health conditions:
From generalized anxiety disorder to obsessive-compulsive disorder, people often turn to alcohol and drugs to help them cope with their symptoms, resulting in suffering from both anxiety and addiction.
Symptoms of anxiety and panic attacks range from trouble concentrating, racing heart, chest pains, difficultly with breathing, and an overall feeling of loss of control. From adjusting to a new job to moving away from home, these changes can act as stressors that bring out anxiety in clients.
Depression, especially when paired with drug use, can create a vicious cycle that can make recovery challenging. Those who struggle with depression sometimes turn to drugs or alcohol to cope. Since substances like alcohol are depressants, when people drink, they actually can worsen their depression and make it more difficult to overcome the addiction.
Symptoms of depression include persistent sad or “empty” feelings, guilt, helplessness, fatigue and decreased energy, thoughts of suicide and even suicide attempts. Depression can especially occur in young adults undergoing significant life changes, like moving out of their childhood home, going to college or starting a new job.
While most complex trauma experiences occur during people’s childhood, the lingering effects can carry into adulthood and prompt adults to use drugs or alcohol as a way to cope. The common causes of trauma include physical abuse, mental abuse, sexual abuse and profound neglect.
As a result, people may experience symptoms like anger, guilt, shame, severe fear, and the inability to form close relationships. The addition of a substance addiction only adds to the cycle of these emotions.
Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), can occur after a life-threatening or terrifying event. Natural disasters, military combat, serious accidents, terrorist incidents and sexual assault are all common causes, but PTSD can also happen after smaller incidents.
Symptoms like frightening dreams, angry outbursts, flashbacks, distorted beliefs, loss of interest and negative or detached emotions are common with PTSD. For those suffering from PTSD and addiction, they may frequently experience attention difficulties, a poorer quality of life and even physical concerns.
The Raleigh House helps to treat these mental health conditions and addiction (when present) to heal the whole person. With our IOP, we help clients to establish coping skills to overcome their conditions and help prevent substance abuse relapse.
Our intensive outpatient program includes the following services to help treat mental health concerns:
If you or a loved one is suffering from a mental health condition, please contact us online to discover how we can help you, or someone you love, start a new life.
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