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Mental Health Programs
Addiction is very often a symptom of a larger, underlying mental health issue. In accordance with our philosophy of treating the whole patient, Behavioral Health of the Palm Beaches offers a full array of mental health treatment programs. These programs are designed to help patients identify and manage their mental illness without having to turn to drugs and alcohol as a form of self-medication. We have found that many of our recovering addicts began their journey into addiction in precisely this way, self-medicating for an often undiagnosed mental illness. Identifying the underlying illness is often the critical first step in addressing their substance abuse and mental health issues.
For other individuals, chronic substance abuse may precede and result in a descent into mental illness. Many substance abusers develop serious mental illnesses such as depression, anxiety, eating disorders, and even gambling or sex addiction as a result of long-term substance abuse. Drugs and alcohol can break down inhibitions that may have held certain behaviors in check, while other substances may damage an individual's self-image or physical well being to such an extent that depression or other mental illnesses arise. For these individuals, untangling the interconnected web of substance abuse and mental illness can be extremely difficult, requiring the type of coordinated approach that Behavioral Health of the Palm Beaches provides.
At Behavioral Health of the Palm Beaches, our mental health programs are designed to work in conjunction with our substance abuse treatment. We don't even need to determine which element caused the other - we address both mental illness and substance abuse at the same time. This approach enables us to treat individuals with any combination of substance abuse and mental illness and enable them to regain control over their own destinies, free from the chains of both substance abuse and mental illness.
Dual diagnosis patients simultaneously suffer from a substance abuse issue and a mental disorder. Drug or alcohol abuse is usually the product of an underlying mental illness. Behavioral Health of the Palm Beaches is considered to be one of the leading dual diagnosis rehab centers in the country.
Depression is one of the most common causes of alcohol addiction. A person often starts drinking to cope with loss, stress, trauma and all other forms of adversity. Over time the relationship between alcohol and depression gets stronger until they are inextricably linked. Eventually the causes and effects of alcoholism become one and the same, and the symptoms are exacerbated by the cause.
Thousands of individuals suffer from depression and don’t even realize it. They feel the symptoms and realize that something is wrong, but they’re just not sure what. Despite boundless evidence indicating the contrary, many still doubt that depression is a real illness.
We all face many responsibilities in almost every phase of our lives, from the pressure to do well in school to starting and raising a family, to properly planning for retirement and beyond. With all of the stress that we encounter throughout our lives, it’s easy to see why over 40 million Americans are diagnosed with some sort of anxiety disorder each year.
Individuals struggle with sex addiction for a variety of reasons: issues regarding intimacy, self-confidence, depression, abnormality in brain chemistry, etc. A patient suffering from sexual addiction engages in habitual, reckless and compulsive sexual activity for reasons that have little or nothing to with love, intimacy or commitment to a significant other.
Eating disorder and chemical dependency (EDCD) is a deep-rooted mental illness that can lead to extremely dangerous behavior and the possibility of addiction. Like all other dual diagnosis disorders, EDCD must be treated simultaneously to ensure the best chance for a successful and lasting recovery.
Anger is a basic, healthy, human emotion and an unavoidable part of life. To express occasional anger is normal and even necessary. However, when that anger negatively impacts a person’s relationships and drives them toward destructive and dangerous behavior, it’s time to seek professional help.
The relationship between addiction and domestic violence can form in multiple ways. One example of this is when alcoholics and drug addicts create an atmosphere of battery and abuse in their home. Another example is the relationship that exists between substance abuse and the trauma associated with experiencing domestic violence.
Bipolar disorder is a mental illness that causes dramatic shifts in mood, ranging from more active ("manic") to depressive symptoms. It is most frequently initially detected in young adults between their late teens and mid-20’s. People suffering from bipolar disorder often experience difficulty at work, school and in relationships due to the instability of their behavior.
Most of us have a tendency to overeat from time to time – whether it’s stuffing ourselves at the family holiday dinner or getting seconds and thirds of that delicious food when we’re already full. People with binge eating disorder (BED), on the other hand, overeat on a regular basis and do not have the ability to control their urges to binge.
There has been much written and debated about the overuse and overexposure to the Internet in the U.S. With the emergence of many new technologies, we are literally connected 24-hours per day, on multiple devices no matter where we are. The Internet is everywhere in our lives and surfing the net for hours at a time has become a highly accepted national pastime.
One of the largest setbacks to a successful and prolonged recovery from drugs or alcohol is a patient’s inability to interact socially, free of any substance abuse.
Trauma is defined as a singular or repeated incident that has caused significant long-term damage in a person’s past and has negatively impacted their ability to move on with their lives. It affects relationships, general life progress, mental health and quality of life.