Don’t Want to Talk About It; Admitting there is a Problem TextAugust 29, 2016 - Mental Health, Treatment - 0 Comments
For many people, discussing personal matters is extremely uncomfortable. Asking for help or advice falls along those lines as well. Men in particular are often conditioned by society to be self-sufficient to a fault. Admitting that you have a problem that is beyond your control is extremely difficult, and may even feel impossible.
Issues that carry a strong stigma are even more challenging. Mental health problems, or problems with addiction are frowned upon in society to this day, although great strides have been made in stamping out these stigmas, they do still exist.
Addiction And Mental Health
It’s estimated that at least 10% of the American population struggles with some type of substance abuse disorder. Within that population, it’s estimated that about 48% of those struggling with addiction also struggle with mental health issues. When someone is diagnosed with both a mental health disorder and substance abuse disorder, is is known as having a dual diagnosis, or a co-occurring disorder. This is a common problem.
Some examples of common mental health issues that often go along with addiction include: Depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder and PTSD. These issues often require treatment to help manage. A dual diagnosis residential treatment program can help you address both your substance abuse disorder and your mental health issues so that you can fully recover.
Issues With Dual Diagnosis Treatment
Many traditional residential rehabs focus solely on treating the addiction. While you may initially find success with such a program, there is a strong likelihood that you may relapse without additional mental health treatment. Dual diagnosis treatment programs bridge the gap that is often left by treatment programs that don’t focus on mental health care.
Talking About Your Problem
For many men, admitting you have a substance abuse or mental health problem puts you in a vulnerable position. However, it isn’t until you are able to ask for and receive help that you can finally achieve freedom from addiction and learn to better manage your mental health. The fear of appearing weak or not in control is often at the core of this resistance. Talking to someone you trust about your problem first can help alleviate those fears. It’s important to realize that getting help for your addiction is a massive show of strength and courage. It takes a great deal of courage to allow yourself to receive help.
Loss of control is a big factor, as well. Again, it helps to realize that when you are caught in the grips of substance abuse or a mental health episode, you are not in control. By getting help for these issues with a dual diagnosis residential treatment program, you are able to heal, recover, and regain control of your life. Addiction affects all areas of your life, including your ability to manage your finances, provide for your basic needs and maintain your relationships. All of these areas may be currently out of control, but addiction treatment that incorporates mental health recovery can put you back in control.
Taking That First Step
It’s often said that the first step is the hardest. When it comes to asking for help, you may find this to be true. Once you take the leap, though, you will find that the rest is much easier. There is a huge sense of freedom in talking about your problem and getting relief from your symptoms. There are dual diagnosis treatment facilities that can help you get that relief and regain your health, your ability to function in society and your peace of mind.
His House Rehab offers industry leading Mental Health Treatment Programs. We were founded in 1994 and we base our Drug and Alcohol Treatment programs on five key principles: commitment, honesty, integrity, respect, and service. These five principles guide us in all that we do and all the care we provide. Contact us today to see how we can help you or your loved one at (888) 681-4594.