Understanding mental health is a crucial component to overcoming addiction. Often, the two are intimately linked. Addicts must address underlying psychological issues that are driving their behaviors before those behaviors can change. Unfortunately, the stigma around mental health acts as a barrier to treatment in many cases. New Start’s program is built around breaking those barriers through individual, group, and family therapy. Our case managers are trained mental health professionals who assess each addict’s needs on an individualized basis. That way, we can provide the highest level of care possible by addressing unique circumstances including coexisting mood disorders, behavioral problems, and/or trauma history. A tailored program such as this is much more likely to keep addicts on the road to recovery.
Addicts and alcoholics are not simply “weak-minded.” They grapple with chemical imbalances beyond their control that guide their damaging behaviors. Although there is certainly an element of choice in substance abuse, it is but one of many, and the others need to be addressed before recovery can earnestly begin.
One of those elements is dual diagnosis.
Addressing Mental Health
Mood disorders, behavioral disorders, and trauma all play a crucial role in the dynamics of substance abuse. If you or your loved one can’t seem to make it over the hill alone, a mental illness may be to blame. Dual diagnosis is a self-perpetuating cycle of dysfunction that affects vulnerable people who need help the most. The more severe the mental illness, the more likely a person is to abuse drugs/alcohol. New Start assesses all clients for any mental health problems, factors that information into their individual treatment plan, and provides evidence-based therapy to help start their recovery.