Examining Addiction and Mental Illness during Mental Health Month

Examining Addiction and Mental Illness during Mental Health Month

This article was last reviewed and updated on May 2, 2022. 

This May marks 2022 Mental Health Month, an event established over 70 years ago to promote awareness, advocacy, and practical resources to the millions of Americans in need of care and support for mental illness and addiction. Right now in the United States, over 9.5 million Americans currently struggle with simultaneous addiction and mental health disorders for which they very well may need dual-diagnosis treatment. Whether you’ve been battling serious lifelong anxiety or depression, or you are struggling to cope with acute trauma or other external stressors, you need and deserve treatment and support resources to help you cope in your everyday life.

How to Get Involved in Mental Health Month

Events like Mental Health Month provide added opportunities to educate and empower yourself to get help and guidance. They’re also an opportunity for loved ones, friends, and colleagues of those struggling with mental illness to learn how about mental illness, stop stigmatizing it, and support those who are vulnerable. This month will be filled with in-person and virtual events offering mental health education and support across the country. Recovery Unplugged encourages all to get involved however they can in an effort to destigmatize and promote awareness toward mental health issues, including co-occurring addiction and mental illness. Mental Health America has also provided a robust toolkit of resources to help you take action in your own backyard.

How Are Addiction and Mental Illness Linked?

It’s impossible to separate addiction from mental illness. There is always some underlying mental health issue at play when substance use disorder (SUD) manifests. Very often, these issues cause or are affected by one another, and it can be hard to tell which came first. On one hand, depression can give birth to alcoholism; on the other, prolonged and untreated abuse of stimulants can give way to chronic paranoia, hallucinations, and psychosis. Bipolar disorder and trauma are also common drivers of substance use. Dual-diagnosis treatment can help you or your loved one unravel these complex relationships while providing comprehensive treatment for immediate medical issues and long-term behavioral factors.

Mental Health Treatment Recovery Unplugged

The Pandemic has created its own offshoot of mental health crises. Billions around the world have experienced heightened anxiety over their health, their livelihoods, and their loved ones’ safety. At the same time, depression and pure boredom linked to social isolation have caused many to cope by using alcohol. It’s more important than ever, that you or your loved one get the help you need for co-occurring addiction and mental illness, and Recovery Unplugged is ready to help. We offer outpatient and virtual mental health services for issues like depression, anxiety, PTSD, borderline personality disorder, codependency, and more.

Contact us today to start reclaiming your health, peace of mind, and quality of life from drugs and alcohol. We accept most major insurances and offer all levels of behavioral rehab to help you. Our admissions staff is standing by 24-7 to help you.

Examining Addiction and Mental Illness during Mental Health Month