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 programs. These treatment 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.