What happens when mental health and addiction collide?
Have you ever wondered what takes precedence, mental health issues or an addiction? Check out our page on Addiction and Mental Health here.
Unfortunately there is no one right answer, for example; If John was let go from work at the same time his partner walked out on him he may become depressed and to cope with this depression he resorts to alcohol.
Thus John has developed a mental health issue and an addiction at the same time, this is called ‘comorbidity’ or concurrent disorders. A specific behaviour or the use of a substance becomes a problem when it impacts negatively on the health, relationship or job of, in this case, John.
Different drugs have different chemical make ups that can influence how the brain works regarding making decisions, self-control and compulsion.
Our mental health is our own, whether it’s good or bad. There’s no magic pill or instant solution to mental health and addiction problems. The first step is admitting to yourself that you have an issue and that your current coping strategy is not working. Denial, shame and fear are normal responses that can make it hard for some to ask for or seek help for themselves.
If you do need help you need to come to terms with and understand that the professionals in this field have studied people just like you and they are experienced with people thinking and feeling the way you are right now. You are not alone in this and at Step One Recovery Centre in Javea, we have a team of experts that can help you live life to the fullest again.
One of the major problems people have is self-diagnosing, this is a mistake. Yes the internet has many useful answers and its information library knows no bounds, however, not everyone’s issues are the same and even though you may find relatable content online, you are far better off going to see a professional and having your issue diagnosed personally.
At Step One Recovery, we always encourage you to ask for help.
Accepting or asking for help is a sign of strength and bravery. Typically, you are not the only person who is suffering due to your comorbidity. By being responsible to yourself, you are often also being responsible to your family, friends and work relationships.
Remember, Rome wasn’t built in a day. Very few things will be completely fixed overnight, you need to take things one step at a time. Doing little things everyday will make up a big thing over time and in doing these things, whatever they may be, you are on the path to normality, stability and getting your life back on track.