The stigma around mental health has long been an issue for addicts and recoverees. According to the U.S. Health Department of Health & Human Services, 7.9 million adults in 2014 were diagnosed with both a substance use and mental health disorder. The conclusion? As the number of individuals with mental illnesses continues to rise, so does the dependency on drugs and alcohol.
History of Mental Health
Mental health has a dark and wayward past. Before the 1840s, those diagnosed mentally ill were hidden away from the world and forced to endure poor living conditions. By the 1950s, America pushed for more outpatient treatments and the deinstitutionalization of “asylum-based” health care. In line with research, scientists proved that patients would have a better quality and chance of life with community-oriented care. Since then, the United States has put forth several policies to ensure those who are suffering from mental health issues get the help they need.
Mental Health & Addiction
Mental health disorders are more prevalent in our society than ever before. It’s no surprise that while mental illness is on the rise, so is addiction. Substance use disorders are brought on by many factors. The most common including depression, anxiety, trauma, stress, and emotional distress. These mental health issues are exacerbated by alcohol and drugs, working together to dismantle brain chemistry and self-esteem.
Here at Ridgeview Ranch Addiction Treatment Center, co-occurring disorders are one of the cornerstones of our program. We believe in treating the Whole Person and healing all aspects of a person’s life to successfully detox and find the true path to healing. Our Los Angeles based drug rehabilitation center boasts an esteemed staff of licensed mental health professionals trained in understanding the complex aspects of recovering from addiction with a mental illness.
It’s time to end the stigma around mental health and those suffering from substance use disorders. So, let’s talk about it! If your mental health is holding you back from recovering from addiction, please contact us at (877) 526-7706. Consultations are always free and confidential.