If you or someone you love experiences a drug or alcohol problem, there’s a good chance that a mental health condition is also present. In fact, the National Survey of Drug Use and Health estimates that one-third of people experiencing substance abuse issues also suffer from a mental illness. For those struggling with both substance abuse and a mental illness, integrated treatment is a solution.
Integrated treatment is a dual diagnosis approach that is the key to a successful long-term recovery. Essentially, integrated treatment refers to treating substance abuse and mental health issues simultaneously. In the mental health profession, the relationship between mental illness and substance use is often referred to as “co-occurring disorder” or “dual diagnosis”. And there’s growing evidence that supports a strong connection between the two. In fact, co-occurring disorders affect more than 10 million Americans every year. And research has proven that individuals see better outcomes, and are more likely to achieve and maintain a high quality of life, if both issues are treated simultaneously through integrated treatment.
Integrated treatment is about getting individuals dealing with mental illness and substance abuse the help they need. If you or someone that you love is struggling with an addiction or a co-occurring disorder, it’s time to find someone to help you. If you are in the Los Angeles area, schedule a time to come in and talk with Dr. Mark Herbst.