Addicted individuals who suffer from comorbid mental disorders require a special kind of treatment, especially when they have been abusing psychedelic drugs. Call 800-609-2774 (Who Answers?) now to find a rehab center that will allow you to put an end to your substance abuse.
How Can Comorbid Disorders Affect Treatment Needs?
According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, “comorbid disorders can occur at the same time or one after the other,” but the term implies that the interactions between these two disorders is likely to worsen both.
Therefore, comorbid addictions and mental illnesses must be treated at the same time in order for patients to recover safely. Some of the most common comorbid disorders associated with psychedelic drug abuse include schizophrenia, drug-induced psychosis, anxiety disorders (including PTSD), and depression.
Co-occurring disorders can affect treatment needs in other ways as well:
- Some individuals may require 24-hour surveillance because the combination of their addiction and their mental illness may cause them to have serious issues with temptation.
- Medications may be used to treat both issues, but according to the NIDA, “A lingering bias remains in some substance abuse treatment centers against using any medications.” However, certain drugs are often necessary to treat mental disorders like depression.
- Individuals in rehab for both types of illnesses often require help with socialization, as this skill can be highly affected by comorbidity.
Different disorders often affect the needs for treatment in many ways as well, but most rehab programs understand this and cater to the needs of the patient to create a well-rounded recovery from their multiple issues.
How Are These Disorders Treated?
As stated previously, both types of disorders must be treated simultaneously for patients to be able to recover safely and not be threatened by the likelihood that one will cause a relapse in the other.
There are other ways in which the issues associated with this particular group are taken into account as well, allowing psychedelic drug use disorders to be treated safely with other mental illnesses.
- Inpatient and residential facilities offer 24-hour treatment in a controlled environment, which is often necessary for those suffering from more than one disorder.
- Rehab facilities that utilize medication as a part of treatment are usually better for those in this group because no option for recovery should be ruled out if it could be helpful to the patient. In addition, it is important for rehab programs to teach patients that their co-occurring disorders, whether caused by their addictions or not, are still valid and require the same treatment options, such as medications.
- Therapeutic communities and other options that teach resocialization are very effective for individuals who are suffering from a mental illness and attempted to use psychedelics as a coping mechanism. This not only helps teach these individuals better life skills and attitudes but also surrounds them other individuals who want to see them succeed in their recovery, including doctors, nurses, therapists, and other patients.
Seeking Treatment for Co-occurring Disorders
If you are suffering from a mental disorder as well as an addiction to psychedelic drugs, it is important to seek treatment as soon as possible. Call 800-609-2774 (Who Answers?) now to find a rehab center that will cater to your needs and help you create the most beneficial recovery.