Addiction and mental illness often go hand-in-hand. Nearly half of those seeking help for a substance abuse problem also have a diagnosable mental health condition, but don’t always receive treatment for both concerns. This complicates the recovery process and greatly impacts the ability to heal, so it’s essential to consider each condition in relation to the other. At Valiant Living near Denver in Centennial, Colorado, we recognize the role that mental illness plays in addiction, so we provide comprehensive care that encompasses each patient’s mental, physical and emotional health needs for a successful treatment experience. By focusing on sustainable solutions, symptom management and proven psychotherapies, our goal is to help those with mental health problems achieve a sense of stability, balance and wellness that will help them achieve lasting recovery.
A mental health disorder is a chronic, long-term medical condition that interferes with a person’s thinking, moods and behaviors. Disruptive and often debilitating, mental health disorders make it harder to cope with everyday demands and can harm personal relationships, emotional stability, job prospects and more. In the United States, more than 46 million people suffer from a mental health disorder like depression, anxiety or schizophrenia, but despite their prevalence, psychiatric conditions are often untreated or misdiagnosed. Whether due to social stigma, limited care access or poor insurance coverage, less than half (41 percent) of those diagnosed with a mental health condition receive proper or adequate treatment, leading to decreased wellness and overall quality of life for those affected.
At Valiant Living, we’re dedicated to changing that. We know that mental health conditions won’t get better on their own and can lead to an increased risk of substance abuse, self-harm or suicide if left untreated. With years of experience in helping our clients find lasting recovery, we’ve found that successful treatment requires an integrated, holistic approach that combines medication, therapy and personalized care for a truly transformative experience. Our programs do all of this and more, with comprehensive solutions that help those with mental health and substance use disorders take charge of their health and build a strong foundation for a happy, balanced life.
Most of us experience a mental health problem at one time or another, such as anxiety, depression or insomnia. A mental health disorder, however, is a persistent condition with ongoing symptoms that are distressing and affect the ability to function in daily life. There are a number of psychiatric conditions that are recognized as mental health disorders, but some of the most common ones that we treat include:
Depression — One of the most recognized mental health disorders in the world, depression is a mood disorder characterized by a persistently depressed emotional state. Unlike grief or sadness, depression is more severe, often disrupting the ability to function and affecting almost all areas of daily life. Symptoms may include difficulty concentrating, trouble sleeping, feelings of worthlessness, fatigue, loss of interest in daily activities and thoughts of suicide. Without proper treatment, depressive episodes can become more severe and recur frequently, increasing the risk of substance abuse, self-harm and other health problems.
Anxiety — Anxiety disorders are mental health conditions that manifest as sudden feelings of intense worry, stress or fear. While we all feel anxious from time to time, anxiety disorders cause an overwhelming amount of distress in response to everyday situations that can interfere with normal functioning and make it difficult to lead a normal life. Symptoms such as panic attacks, sweating, elevated heart rate, feelings of dread and restlessness can appear suddenly and without warning, or in response to certain stimuli. Left untreated, anxiety disorders can become debilitating and significantly decrease overall quality of life.
Bipolar Disorder — Formerly known as manic depression, bipolar disorder is known for extreme mood swings that fluctuate between dramatic highs and deep lows. There are two distinct phases of bipolar disorder — the manic phase, characterized by intense euphoria, reckless behavior, increased energy and irrational thinking, and the depressive phase, a deep depression that often follows a manic episode. If not managed properly, those with bipolar disorder are at a greater risk of suicide, drug abuse and reckless behavior compared to other mental health disorders, making treatment essential for supporting patient health.
It’s well known that mental health and substance abuse are closely linked — those with mental illnesses are almost twice as likely to develop a substance use disorder compared to the general population, and vice versa. Dealing with a mental health problem is never easy, and some may self-medicate with drugs or alcohol to alleviate their symptoms, especially if they’re misdiagnosed or untreated. In other cases, drug or alcohol use can trigger the onset of mental health problems or exacerbate existing conditions. These scenarios pose unique challenges for health care providers and make both disorders more difficult to successfully diagnose, treat and manage, but recovery is possible with a comprehensive approach that addresses the physical, mental and emotional needs of dual diagnosis patients.
At Valiant Recovery, we provide high-quality care that treats both mental illness and addiction simultaneously, with a blend of effective psychotherapies and proven modalities that get patients stabilized so they can focus on healing. We know that untreated symptoms can threaten the recovery process and lead to relapse, so our goal is to help patients understand the role that mental health plays in their substance abuse and empower them to achieve lasting sobriety with personalized treatment plans that address the whole person. Early recovery is often the hardest for those with co-occurring disorders, so we’re there each step of the way with programs that include medically-supervised detox, transitional services, outpatient care and recovery housing for men 28 and older. As patients prepare to move back into independent life, they’ll be better equipped to handle the stressors, challenges and symptoms for a greater chance at achieving successful, long-term recovery.
If you or someone you care about is dealing with co-occurring mental health and substance use disorders, don’t settle for treatment that only addresses half of the problem. At Valiant Living, we provide the tools and resources for men to heal from addiction by encompassing the full scope of their mental, physical and emotional needs. With integrated treatments, proven psychotherapies and a highly supportive environment, our goal is to help dual diagnosis patients thrive in recovery and achieve the life they’ve always envisioned for themselves. Contact or call us at 303-816-3571 to learn more about our programs and how they can help.
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