Substance abuse and mental health disorders often go hand in hand, and either disorder can appear first. For example, someone who has anxiety or depression may start self-medicating with drugs or alcohol to ease their mental health symptoms. In other cases, someone who has become dependent on drugs or alcohol may initiate mental illness.
Why Is Integrated Treatment Effective?
Positive, permanent outcomes require integrated addiction treatment. Integrated treatment works because it takes a comprehensive, multi-level approach to recovery. Key components of integrated addiction treatment include:
- Highly individualized treatment that meets a person’s unique needs and circumstances.
- Complementary treatment for multiple disorders, including substance use and mental health.
- No separation between treatment for substance use disorder and mental health disorder.
- Collaboration among clinical and medical professionals.
- Interventions that address multiple concerns.