Known as a dual diagnosis or co-occurring disorder, substance abuse and mental health issues frequently occur together. In fact, 80 percent of individuals with addiction issues have a co-occurring mental health issue according to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.
The question comes down to the chicken or the egg — which came first and which do we treat first? The mental health issue or the substance abuse issue? “The likelihood of succeeding in treatment is greatly enhanced when both are treated simultaneously, integrated treatment approaches coordinate substance abuse and mental health interventions to treat the whole person,” said Michael Feaman, executive director of Gateway Alcohol and Trug Treatment in Swansea.
Individuals arriving at Gateway receive a comprehensive assessment and those who are found to have a mental health disorder may be admitted into our specialized dual diagnosis program.
As each individual is unique, so should be their treatment plan. We work together with individuals to develop a customized treatment plan that capitalizes on methods that may have worked for them in the past. In addition, medication assisted treatment may be used if deemed appropriate for the individual.
If you know someone struggling with substance abuse and mental health issues, know that help is available. Visit RecoverGateway.org for more information.
Katrina Crumley, marketing coordinator, Gateway Foundation, Naperville