Inpatient Mental Health Treatment
There is extensive evidence showing that addictive behaviors, such as the use of various substances (drugs and alcohol), share key risk factors. The main risk factor of addiction aside from family history is mental illness. This occurrence of mental illness and addiction is called dual diagnosis or co-occurring disorders.
Drug and alcohol addiction and mental illness both have something in common. They are chronic diseases, and therefore, it is of utmost importance that they are treated as such.
Substance dependence and abuse develop a sense of control over all aspects of one’s life, including relationships, school, job, etc. If left untreated or treated improperly, serious consequences will arise.
For most people suffering from substance abuse, they engage in these addictive behaviors such as binge drinking or taking drugs, because it provides rewarding side effects. Addictive behaviors make people believe that it will help their symptoms of depression or other unrelated feelings or worries disappear.
Truth is, drugs and alcohol are not some magic potion, and they actually exacerbate things, both physically and psychologically. In addition, mental illness is sometimes left undetected or undiagnosed because symptoms do not always appear right away, which makes symptoms significantly worse, and the condition harder to treat.
For people, having these conditions induces a sense of hopelessness and feelings of failure, as well as shame and guilt. For these reasons, this causes many people with co-occurring disorders to suffer in silence or deters them from accessing the help and professional health care necessary to recover because they are afraid of feeling judged.
Truth is, help is available, and you are not alone! The addiction specialists at Renewal Behavioral Health in Los Angeles, California can help you or a loved one recover through our inpatient program which specializes in dual diagnosis treatment.
What Is Mental Health?
Mental health is arguably the most important aspect of a person’s overall health and well-being. Poor mental health truly affects all aspects, mentally, physically, and socially. The most common mental disorders include:
According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), approximately 3.5 million people (50 percent) in the United States are receiving no treatment for severe mental disorders such as the ones above. In 2018, 9.2 million adults within the United States experienced a co-occurring disorder.
Dual Diagnosis: Mental Health and Addiction
When substance abuse and a mental illness occur simultaneously, this is known as dual diagnosis or co-occurring disorders. It is extremely important to note, that when someone is suffering with mental illness such as depression, they often turn to drugs and alcohol, as a means to cope with, suppress and numb the pain or symptoms of their condition.
For example, an alcoholic can also suffer from bipolar disorder, as a person with substance abuse issues can have multiple conditions, which is why co-occurring disorders are often overlooked or left undiagnosed.
Despite the consequences both physically and psychologically, people keep using, and little do they know, drinking and taking drugs actually exacerbates the addiction and mental illness, making it harder to diagnose, manage, and treat.
Research in a study conducted in a survey on drug use and health proved that there are approximately 7.9 million people in the United States suffering from co-occurring disorders. Unfortunately some, do not receive the treatment they need before it is too late. Signs and symptoms of mental illness and substance abuse include:
- Loss of motivation and energy
- Extreme changes in appetite
- Loss of focus- not being able to complete everyday tasks normally
- Neglecting or loss of interest in favorite personal or professional activities and responsibilities
- Denial to get help
- Justifying drinking excessively
- Isolating yourself from loved ones (Friends and family)
- Extreme changes in mood
- Becoming increasingly Irritable, angry, and anxious
Due to the brain’s reward region being repeatedly stimulated by drinking or taking drugs, this creates a compelling incentive to repeat these activities despite the harmful physical and psychological complications that often result.
In other words, drinking or taking drugs is an addictive behavior that is common amongst people because they believe that it masks their pain, and reduces or eliminates symptoms of depression, anxiety, etc.
For people with dual diagnosis, mental illness is only worsened by drinking alcohol or any sort of substance abuse. Therefore, professional treatment is needed to help those with mental illness properly and safely manage their condition.
Types of Dual Diagnosis Treatment
For individuals with severe addiction and mental health issues, inpatient rehab also known as residential treatment is one of the main types of treatment for dual diagnosis. People who are chosen to undergo inpatient treatment live at the facility and receive 24/7 treatment. Common methods of treatment in a residential facility include counseling and behavioral therapy, detoxification, and medication management.
Inpatient Treatment For Mental Health
Inpatient treatment is especially beneficial for those who are living with mental health issues. As mental health is very prevalent, the demand for treatment has increased. While people with addiction are commonly mentally ill, inpatient care refers to being admitted into a rehab facility within the mental health section to be treated.
The purpose of an inpatient treatment facility for mental health is drastically different from how it was way back when. Psychiatric hospitals used to exist solely to lock away people with mental illness away from the rest of society that was perceived to be “normal.”
Inpatient Mental Health Services
The main goal is for people to recover so they can function, and most importantly, create a successful and independent life. There are various mental health services at a residential facility that help to reduce suffering and optimize mental health. These include:
- Individual and group therapy
- Medication Management
- The teaching of coping and life skills for managing mental illness and being able to properly live with the condition
- Relapse prevention
Who Needs An Inpatient Mental Health Facility?
Sometimes conventional help such as medication and various types of counseling and therapy is unfortunately not enough to assist someone with mental illness. Thankfully, a mental health inpatient facility can provide the right form of treatment that can help a person long-term. Residential treatment facilities primarily are best for the following types of people, but are not limited to:
- People who have thoughts, moods, feelings, and behaviors that are out of control
- A danger to themselves or others
- Suicidal people
- Abusing substances such as drugs and alcohol
- Experiencing psychosis such as hallucinations or delusions
- Failure to engage in self-care
- People with severe anxiety and clinical depression
- Experiencing increased mental health problems despite outpatient treatment
Purpose Of Inpatient Mental Health Treatment
Today, inpatient mental health treatment programs exist to not only treat people with existing mental health problems but also give them the proper resources to manage and cope with their conditions, so that they can properly thrive in society. These facilities exist to help enhance an individual’s mental health in a safe and controlled environment.
Inpatient mental health facilities were established to meet the high demand of people needing treatment for mental illness. The goal or purpose of mental health treatment is to help people restore their wellness and stabilize their condition and symptoms.
Once stable, each person will work with medical professionals and addiction specialists after receiving a comprehensive treatment plan tailored specifically towards their recovery needs and goals, so they can live the healthy and sober lifestyle that they deserve. This can be achieved in the following ways, including:
- Reducing and controlling negative thoughts, by stabilizing moods, thoughts, emotions, and behaviors
- Determine risk factors such as a family history of mental illness, and other underlying issues that could be contributing to the development of these conditions
- Determine the best method of medication and treatment
- Identify a network of social support during recovery and after
- Teach coping and life skills and techniques for during and after treatment
A treatment plan in inpatient treatment has to be regimented to help people with mental illness receive the treatment that most effectively helps them meet their needs, achieves their goals, and most importantly, helps them become healthy, mentally and physically.
At Renewal Behavioral Health, our multidisciplinary team, comprised of addiction specialists, mental health professionals, psychiatrists, psychologists, behavioral health technicians, and specialists, believe in treating the mind, body, and spirit. Treating patients as a whole will allow comprehensive treatment to be successful, and underlying factors such as mental health will not be overlooked.
Erase The Stigma Of Mental Illness
Stigma often surrounds mental illness. Even though we know people suffering from a mental disorder such as anxiety and depression, it is still hard to comprehend it fully unless you are standing in their shoes. That is why oftentimes, we don’t know how to properly help someone, as the proper resources lie in the hands of professionals.
People suffering from mental illness often act in unusual ways, which can make others around them feel uncomfortable. This offsets a chain reaction of feeling uncomfortable then results in a person treating another individual differently, discriminating against them in a sense consciously or unconsciously because they feel uncomfortable.
Truth is, today, we still struggle to change the narrative surrounding addiction and mental health treatment. Negative stigmas still plague and deffer people from receiving the treatment that they truly need because of embarrassment or shame.
Millions of people are suffering from addiction and mental health, and only a small percentage enter treatment. However, today, more and more people are learning how important it is to seek out help. Even as we slowly begin to break down these barriers, dual diagnosis treatment is still confusing to many.