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What do most people think of when they hear the term behavioral health? The most common thought is that it has something to do with mental health. So what does it have to do with addiction? A great deal, especially when people realize that addiction is a mental health issue. – PowerPoint PPT presentation

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Title: What is the role of behavioral health in addiction treatment


1
What Is The Role Of Behavioral Health In
Addiction Treatment?
What do most people think of when they hear the
term behavioral health? The most common thought
is that it has something to do with mental
health. So what does it have to do with
addiction? A great deal, especially when people
realize that addiction is a mental health issue.
2
  • Co-Occurring Disorders

Nearly 50 of people struggling with substance
abuse disorder also struggle with one or more
other disorders. Some common problems faced by
those with addictions include
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Panic disorder
  • PTSD
  • Trauma
  • Bipolar disorder
  • Schizophrenia
  • Eating Disorders

3
  • Its not uncommon for someone to be suffering
    from, for example, depression, PTSD, and
    addiction, or bipolar disorder and addiction.
    There are other disorders that may be present,
    but the above list contains some common examples.
  • Some may wonder if it is the addiction that
    causes the other disorder, and the answer is it
    depends. In some cases, substance abuse can
    bring on symptoms of anxiety, depression, and
    psychosis, but its also common for people who
    already have mental health issues to develop
    addiction problems.
  • The connection between drug and alcohol abuse and
    mental health is significant because people who
    suffer from mental health issues often look to
    substances to help them cope.

4
Treating Only One Problem Doesnt Work
  • All of this is important because when people get
    help for addiction, they often have other issues
    that must be addressed.
  • When mental health problems are ignored, there is
    a greater likelihood that addiction treatment
    will be ineffective, or that relapse will occur.
  • For example, a person who has chronic depression
    or bipolar disorder may wish to get clean and
    sober, but if they dont get help for their
    mental health, they may relapse when their
    symptoms resurface.

5
  • People who have unaddressed PTSD are also
    vulnerable to relapse if they dont get help for
    it because PTSD symptoms are often dealt with by
    drinking or using drugs.

6
How Behavioral Health Treatment Can Help
  • Behavioral health services in addiction treatment
    can make all the difference for the addict with a
    co-occurring disorder.By addressing mental health
    issues in treatment, there is a greater
    likelihood of a good outcome.
  • Services may include counseling, education,
    medication or referrals to agencies that can
    provide additional services
  • This means not discharging someone from treatment
    without addressing their mental health issues.

7
  • In the past, addiction treatment and mental
    health services were kept separate. Because of
    this, too many people fell through the cracks,
    never getting the help that was needed
  • If they were in active addiction, they couldnt
    get mental health services
  • If they were in the midst of a mental health
    crisis, they couldnt get addiction treatment
    services. People would get clean and sober, get
    released from treatment and then go back to using
    because their mental health issues surfaced and
    they didnt have the tools to cope.

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