Mental Health

Mental Health Services in Boca Raton

Mental health illnesses affect millions of Americans each year, and the same can be said for addiction. In fact, the National Bureau of Economic Research reports that there is a “definite connection between mental illness and the use of addictive substances”. While there’s no clear indication of exactly how one influences the other, it’s very apparent that there’s a devastating connection between the two. Substance abuse or a mental illness can develop first. One explanation is that the use of certain drugs and alcohol can alter brain chemistry and behavior, leading to mental illness. Another is that those suffering from mental illness self-medicate with drugs and alcohol to mitigate the uncomfortable, intrusive symptoms of their mental disorder, such as paranoia, anxiety attacks, depressive episodes, delusional behavior, and suicidal thoughts. Unfortunately, this form of self-medication is dangerous, as the person will begin to suffer from not only a mental disorder but also an addiction.

When these two forces combine to take control over a person’s mental capacity and behavior, it is referred to as dual diagnosis. Dual diagnosis is defined as a combination of a mood disorder and an addiction to drugs or alcohol. More contributing factors to dual diagnosis are underlying brain deficits, genetic vulnerabilities, and early exposure to stress or trauma. A person struggling with dual diagnosis has two separate illnesses, each requiring its own treatment plan.

Coping with mental illness is difficult enough, but when you factor in complications from addiction, it’s easy to understand the high suicide rate and violent tendencies of those with dual diagnosis. Those living with untreated serious mental illnesses face an increased risk of chronic medical conditions, and on average die much earlier than those without.

The most common mental health disorders associated with drug addiction and alcoholism include:

  • Depression
  • Anxiety Disorder
  • Panic Disorder
  • Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
  • Bipolar Disorder
  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
  • Personality Disorder
  • Schizophrenia

The most common substances abused by those with dual diagnosis disorder are alcohol, marijuana, cocaine, and prescription sleeping medications.

The mentally ill face plenty of barriers when they seek treatment for their substance abuse. There are several drug and alcohol treatment programs in South Florida, however since most facilities do not offer treatment for mental illnesses, the underlying root of the addiction is not being addressed or properly treated. Those suffering from dual diagnosis require treatment from those with extensive training and compassion. Excel behavioral Health is an accredited dual diagnosis rehab, ready to assist you in overcoming both your mental illness and your addiction. Our team of doctors, nurses, detox specialists, therapists, and psychiatrists have extensive education, training, and experience in treating mental illnesses alongside drug addiction and alcoholism.

Excel Behavioral Health offers various treatment approaches to help our clients regain their emotional and mental well-being. Our dual diagnosis treatment in Boca Raton uses various approaches such as traditional psychotherapy and counseling, supportive medication, hypnotherapy, relaxation skills, coping skills, and education on how to best manage a chronic mental health or medical condition.

Call Excel Behavioral Health today to speak with one of our admissions coordinators and learn more about our dual diagnosis treatment in Boca Raton. Break free from addiction and mental illness, and finally live the life you deserve.

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