For those suffering from an untreated mental illness, desperation to feel better can lead to self-medicating with drugs or alcohol. Done on a regular basis, this becomes an addiction, which can be prevalent in people with mental health problems. Unfortunately, drugs and alcohol do little to address the underlying mental health symptoms and ultimately can create a whole new host of issues for the patient while also increasing the severity of the original mental health issues.But although substance abuse and mental health disorders like depression and anxiety can be closely linked, one does not necessarily cause the other.
At the Delray Center, our focus is on healing the mind and body, and preventing substance abuse relapse. Unlike most disorders, substance abuse has a much higher tendency toward relapse, so must be factored in carefully to an individuals care and recovery plan. For more information about relapse prevention, please click here.