Breaking the Addiction

When you think of a drug rehabilitation center, you may think of a facility where individuals go to break an addiction. While that is correct, overcoming an alcohol or drug withdrawal is just the first step in a substance abuse treatment program, but a vital element of the process is counseling. An effective and comprehensive drug rehabilitation program encompasses individual and/or group counseling. While getting an individual to break their addiction is one thing, ensuring that they continue their sobriety in the future and avoid relapsing is another. At Metro Rehab, we strive to do this through alcohol and drug counseling.

The Relationship Between Mental Health and Substance Abuse

The relationship between mental illness and substance abuse is so strong that it is suggested that mental illness plays a significant role in the development of a substance abuse issue. One study suggests that nearly a quarter of those who suffer from a serious mental illness — generalized anxiety disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), depression, bipolar disorder, attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), psychotic illness, borderline personality disorder, and antisocial personality disorder — also use an addictive substance, and that 84 percent of the nation’s cocaine is consumed by persons who suffer from a mental illness. It is unclear as to whether the link between substance abuse and mental illness indicates that there is a genetic predisposition to developing addictive behaviors or if the substance abuse is an attempt at self-medication.

For a person who has no previous history of mental health disorders, substance abuse can trigger mental illness. For instance, the mind-altering effects of some drugs, such as paranoia, delusions, or alternating highs and lows can have long-term effects on the brain, essentially creating mental health symptoms — namely anxiety and depression. Other ways that substance abuse can trigger mental health disorders are, for example, while under the influence, the chances of being a victim of assault or rape dramatically increase, which can create serious mental health issues such as PTSD or depression.

Either way, a successful drug rehabilitation program will be unsuccessful if both issues — mental health and substance abuse — are not addressed and treated. Treating the underlying mental health condition is a vital part of an effective substance abuse program. At Metro Rehab, we include mental health counseling as part of our comprehensive addiction recovery program.

Counseling to Support Health Coping

For many substance abusers, finding their place back in society after becoming clean can be difficult. Becoming functioning members of society is a challenge after overcoming substance abuse, but it is one that is worth it. However, without the support of individual and group counseling, making the transition back into a family, workplace, or community can be daunting and lead to relapse. Here at Metro Rehab, our team uses behavior therapy and counseling as a tool to encourage the growth and continual development of recovering drug and/or alcohol addicts. For many recovering substance abusers, behavioral therapy is the path that leads them from the withdrawal process to living a sober, healthy lifestyle.
Effective mental health counseling helps patients become more aware of why they do they things they do and triggers that may cause them to relapse. Understanding these things gives a former abuser the tools to be successful at coping and living a healthy life without addictive substances. The techniques involved in alcohol and drug counseling are comprehensive. A counselor will be able to create customized coping methods for individuals working toward overcoming addiction. They will also work toward increasing self-control, and understanding the mental, emotional, behavioral, and environmental factors that can contribute to drug cravings. Learning how to identify triggering situations and environments is a tool that will help recovering addicts for the rest of their lives.
Take the time to contact us to learn more about our alcohol and drug counseling options at Metro Rehab. We are more than happy to answer any questions or concerns you may have. Call us today!