At Pathway to Hope, we believe addiction and mental health are so closely related, that it is important to treat both at the same time so our clients can have a clear and realistic path to recovery. Our dedicated dual-diagnosis treatment program was established to help clients treat their drug and alcohol dependency, as well as any mental health disorders they may have.
According to The Journal of the American Medical Association, substance abuse affects nearly half of individuals with severe mental disorders. 37% of people who abuse alcohol and 53% of people who abuse drugs have at least one serious mental illness. Additionally, 29% of all people who have been diagnosed with mental illness abuse drugs or alcohol, according to the journal.
It is not uncommon for people to self-medicate with drugs or alcohol, or both, as they manage their mental health disorders along with life’s challenges. And their reasons for using substances vary, from peer pressure to experimentation or legitimate medical issues (in the case of some drugs), which can lead to mental health issues caused by despair or chemical changes in the brain or damage to the brain.
Substance abuse, however, often complicates matters, worsening the user’s emotional, mental, and overall physical health. The prolonged use of substances is not without side effects and could make the symptoms worse as time passes. It is important to get help under a dual-diagnosis treatment program soon as possible or destructive patterns will continue.
Addiction doesn’t just affect the individual, but his or her loved ones as well. Pathway to Hope understands that part of recovery means rebuilding relationships with family and loved ones. By forming a loving support circle with open communication and trust, individuals will be able to build a stable foundation for them to return to after treatment.
Clients will be able to attend individual therapy sessions with a trained psychiatric professional and discuss the depths of their substance abuse addiction. Through various forms of therapeutic methods, clients' mental and physical states will be observed and treated accordingly.
During their rehabilitation stay, clients will be taught various life skills so that transitioning back into society can run smoothly. Patients will learn social skills, mood management techniques, health expression treatments (or psychodrama therapy), cognitive reframing, and other necessary skills for a healthy lifestyle.
Alcohol and drug addiction can be detrimental to a person’s nutritional health, allowing him or her to neglect it altogether. At Pathway to Hope, nutrition and wellness are regarded as necessary to maintain mental health, so clients are supervised and taught how to eat healthily, exercise routinely, and maintain overall good health.
Our clients will learn best practices and tools to bring forth new experiences, encouraging and facilitating interaction with others, and identifying and addressing negative thinking patterns and thoughts.
Pathway to Hope clients will be introduced to the 12-Step Program and encouraged to attend support group meetings during and after their stay. Meetings will allow clients to engage in honest communication, reflect on past experiences, and learn from others as they grow from their substance abuse addictions.