Spero Health Blog: Addiction and Mental Health Go Hand in Hand

It is not uncommon for individuals who develop substance abuse disorders to also struggle with their mental health. Studies suggest that 60% of individuals with a substance use disorder also have a co-occurring behavioral health disorder. This is because:

● Many illegal drugs may cause individuals that are struggling with addiction to experience one or more symptoms of a mental disorder.
● Individuals struggling with mental health may try to self-medicate with alcohol or drug use.
● It is common for mental and substance abuse disorders to share similar underlying causes, including changes in brain composition, genetic vulnerabilities, and early exposure to stress or trauma.

People that struggle with substance abuse disorder and their mental health must take an integrated approach and treat both simultaneously for long-term recovery. Treatment for both may include rehabilitation, medications, support groups, and individual/group therapy. Recovery doesn’t happen overnight; it is an on-going process. But with the right mindset and resources you can fight both disorders and work towards a healthier life.

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If you or someone you love is struggling with substance abuse disorder, Spero Health offers local, affordable, and comprehensive outpatient addiction treatment. We integrate evidence-based physician services, counseling, and recovery support services to create a unique approach designed for each individual.
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