I Have a Behavioral Health Issue and an Addiction: What Do I Do?

Here is a great resource:  http://www.recovery.org/browse/duvall-wa/

If you have a behavioral health concern and an addiction, it is best to find a facility that treats both. This is usually done in a facility that treats co-occurring mental health disorders and substance use disorders.

Treatment Centers for Mental Health and Addiction

You have options when it comes to the type of treatment you receive. The most common modes of treatment are through inpatient and outpatient programs, which will include individual counseling and/or group therapy.

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  • Inpatient treatment centers. These are residential, meaning that you live there for a period of time. This could range from weeks to months. A team of staff (e.g., doctors, therapists, social workers) are always present to help address your range of needs.
  • Outpatient treatment centers. Here you would still live at home and make frequent visits to the center (typically once per week). This will allow you to remain engaged in work or other responsibilities you may have. Outpatient treatment centers are typically best for those who are less severe or who have recently been discharged from inpatient treatment
  • Individual and group therapy are generally offered in both settings. Individual therapy allows you to address your addiction and mental/behavioral health concerns with a therapist (e.g., social worker, psychologist, intern). Group therapy allows you to share both of these issues in a supportive community of others who are having similar struggles.
  • Private counseling. You may chose to seek out a private therapist for individual counseling. In this case, you wouldn’t be involved in a “program,” per se, but independently schedule treatment sessions with your therapist of choice.

Visit http://www.recovery.org/browse/duvall-wa/ for more information.

Drug Dangers is another terrific resource.  It was was developed to educate the public and lend a hand to people who have been affected by defective drugs and medical devices.

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