While some of your loved one’s friends may have be involved with substance abuse themselves, they have nothing to do with any underlying mental issues your loved one is dealing with. Many people use drugs or alcohol to deal with the emotional pain they feel after experiencing trauma or bullying.
In addition, many people start using drugs as a form of self-medication as they try to cope with a variety of mental health disorders, including anxiety, PTSD, depression, and eating disorders.
It can be hard to try to figure out which symptoms are due to substance abuse and which are due to mental illness when dealing with these co-occurring disorders. This chicken-or-the-egg situation feeds on itself: Someone might try to escape clinical depression by self-medicating with drugs, while another person might experience severe symptoms of depression as a result of taking opioids.
Several drugs, such as alcohol, cocaine, THC, methamphetamines, and LSD, can cause depression, anxiety, and psychosis. The only way to determine if these symptoms are drug-induced is for the individual to remain clean long enough to see if the symptoms subside.
If your loved one is battling both a mental health disorder and substance abuse issues, they must receive treatment for both disorders at the same time. Trying to treat one while ignoring the other doesn’t work and can even make the symptoms of both disorders worse.
A Better Today Recovery Services can connect you with a recovery program that can offer the treatment that co-occurring disorders patient’s need. Regardless of your circumstances, we are ready to help you find the answers you need.