Mood disorders often go hand-in-hand with substance abuse and addiction. Studies have shown that people who suffer from various types of mood disorders often turn to drugs or alcohol in an attempt to self-medicate. Of course, this only leads to more serious issues that must be dealt with. Unfortunately, most people don’t know where to turn to get the help they need.
Almost all drug rehab programs now work to treat mood disorders as well as substance abuse issues. It is understood that some drugs can even exacerbate mood disorders, making them much worse rather than better. This is known as a substance-induced mood disorder. A reputable drug treatment program will be able to treat mood disorders as well as substance abuse issues.
WHAT ARE MOOD DISORDERS?
Mood disorders are conditions that affect the mind. They can be caused by chemical (hormonal) imbalances, traumatic experiences, and genetics. Examples of mood disorders include:
- Bipolar Disorder
Mood disorders can be treated with medication, counseling, various types of therapy or a combination of these.
Mood disorders are identified by various symptoms. For example, bipolar disorder, also commonly known as Manic Depression, is identified by periods of euphoric moods and high energy occurring along with periods of extreme depression and listlessness. Depression is marked by symptoms such as lack of motivation, low energy, feelings of helplessness, insomnia, low self-esteem, and irritability.
HOW DOES DRUG ADDICTION AFFECT MOOD DISORDERS?
While there is some debate as to whether drug addiction causes mood disorders, research has shown that mood disorders are directly affected by substance abuse. When the two exist concurrently, this is known as a dual diagnosis.
One of the most common types of dual diagnosis involves depression. The individual suffering from depression turns to drugs or alcohol for the temporary relief and feelings of pleasure the substance provides. However, once the feel-good effects wear off, more of the substance is required. Over time this leads to drug dependence and addiction.
DO DRUG REHAB PROGRAMS TREAT MOOD DISORDERS?
Most drug rehab treatment facilities provide treatment for mood disorders since they so often accompany drug addiction. Although they occur together, each condition is treated independently of the other. Each one requires its own specific type of treatment in order to deal with its specific effects. Drug addiction often requires a detoxification, or “detox”, a period in order to ensure that all toxic substances are out of a patient’s system prior to the beginning of treatment. This is generally followed by intensive counseling, various therapies, and, in some instances, medication. Mood disorders are treated with counseling, specialized self-help therapies, and medications.
Since the nature of each condition is so intense, it is a good idea to undergo treatment in a professional setting. This way the patient can be monitored and the treatments overseen by fully-trained staff members. By carefully treating both the mood disorder and drug addiction, the chances for relapse are greatly decreased.
FINDING THE RIGHT REHAB FACILITY FOR YOU
Every person is different, and no two conditions or diagnoses are the same. This is especially true when a mood disorder is involved. Finding just the right rehab treatment facility that can successfully treat both facets of the issue is imperative to overcoming them and having a happy, healthy, and productive future.
When choosing a rehab facility, take the time to do some research into what types of treatments are offered (medications, different kinds of therapies, meditation, etc), the program’s success rate, professionalism and training of the staff, and the size of the facility and services offered (inpatient, outpatient, aftercare). Check out reviews, talk to people who have been through the program (many clients stay on as staff members or volunteers after they complete the program), and gather all the information you can about a variety of facilities. Once you have researched all the information, consider what each one has to offer and choose the one that best suits your personal needs.
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