According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), millions of American’s are affected by mental health conditions every day. We should all do our best to understand and remove the stigma that is unfairly attached to mental illness and, every May, NAMI seeks to shine a spotlight on this issue with the hope that those who struggle with a mental illness feel encouraged to obtain the help they need. At Turning Point, we recognize that addiction, such as alcoholism and drug abuse, is a mental health issue. Our services go beyond helping individuals get clean and more into the underlying problems that result in substance abuse. Together, we can all create a social environment where it is acceptable to ask for help without shame or fear.
When people think of mental health disorders such as depression, they generally do not link it to substance abuse. However, those who struggle with mental health disorders are often most susceptible to addiction. To cope with the stress, anxiety, and pain of their mental health condition, many choose to take recreational drugs or abuse alcohol and, unfortunately, this only exacerbates and worsens the symptoms of their mental health disorder.
Given that addiction is frequently linked to mental illness, many treatment programs involve counseling and therapy. At Turning Point, for example, our long-term residential program provides both one-on-one and group counseling as well as a psychiatric evaluation. We understand the importance of mental health when it comes to combatting addiction and building a solid foundation for lifelong sobriety.
Not everyone who drinks is an alcoholic, so how can we know when our use of substances is crossing the line into addiction?
Here are some of the signs to look out for:
If you are reading this list and feel that one or more of these bullet points apply to you, do not hesitate to get the help you need to reclaim your life. If you recognize these signs in someone you care about, encourage them to seek help. In many cases, those who struggle with addiction are afraid to acknowledge their problem or ask for help due to the heavy stigma that is attached to addiction and mental health disorders. Let them know that there is nothing shameful about needing help.
If you have someone in your life who is struggling with addiction and you want to help, but are unsure how to go about this, we have some tips for you to follow.
Keep these key points in mind:
At Turning Point, our drug and alcohol rehabilitation facility provide a variety of addiction treatment programs to help you or your loved ones achieve sobriety. Our programs are well-rounded and can be tailored your specific needs so you can begin your path toward a better life.
Call us today at (973) 380-0905 to learn more about our services.