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Underlying Issues

Facing addiction is a battle of change.  Changing habits, lifestyle, and relations is one of the hardest trials to overcome.  When an underlying issue is present, the individual will find the process even more challenging.  Having an underlying issue could include a dual-diagnosis or a traumatic event. Both issues will encourage the use of substances without the assistance of treatment and support.

Dual-diagnosis

A dual-diagnosis is when an individual has two disorders to confront.  Mental health disorders, such as bipolar disorder or borderline personality disorder, pose a challenge to live a happy and healthy lifestyle.  The ups and downs of emotions disrupt focus on priorities, stress management, and overall wellness. Combining a mental health issue with substance abuse disorder is even more difficult to manage.  Treatment and therapy for a disorder or dual-diagnosis are similar. Both treatment plans will need detox, support from professional staff, and continued treatment to be successful in recovery. Slight differences with the treatment would include extra medication or varied therapy.  The individual and the care team will need to come together to decide the best path for the person in treatment to take.

Trauma

When trauma is considered an underlying issue, the person with an addiction should consider extensive therapy during and after treatment.  Traumatic and chaotic experiences can bottle up emotions. The individual may close off the memories or try to avoid the feelings by numbing themselves with substances.  Eliminating the use of drugs and alcohol will make the flashbacks and emotions return to the surface. The individual will need the support and care from others to overcome the hurdles of trauma and addiction.  Talking through the event could aid the person in treatment by expelling the memories and letting go of the past. Finding ways to change reactions to the flash-backs or emotions will give the individual control over themselves.

Therapy

One on one therapy will provide the person in recovery a chance to work through the past situations.  Hard times and previous experiences can cloud an individual’s ability to move forward. Talking about the life before treatment can enable the person in recovery to notice changes he or she would have made.  Reacting differently to future issues will change the outcome and give the individual more power over his or her life.

Other therapies can also provide vital support.  Group and 12 step meetings reconnect the individual to healthy relationships.  Having support from others who have similar conditions or situations will inspire the person in recovery to continue on his or her journey to success.

Underlying issues add to the stress and pressures of addiction.  Both situations will remove you from having power over yourself. Regain control of your life by calling Resilient House!  We can support you on your journey to a happy and healthy lifestyle. 833-change1 (833-242-6431)