Mental health and addiction

The cycle of mental health and addiction issues can seem inescapable, but there is effective help available at professional rehab centres. At rehab centres like Sanctuary Lodge, a holistic approach to rehab treatment is provided. This ensures that your mental health is supported during your stay in rehab and that the same therapies and treatment approaches which will help you overcome your addiction will also provide major benefits for your mental health.

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What is the connection between mental health and addiction?

Addiction and mental health are often spoken about as separate issues but the reality is that they are very much interconnected. Simultaneous substance abuse and mental health issues are common with both conditions often fuelling each other. Addiction often develops as people with mental health conditions use drugs and alcohol or engage in addictive behaviours as a way of coping.

Eventually, however, substance use and addictive behaviours can lead to addiction which makes the original problems even worse. Many mental health issues such as depression, stress and anxiety are commonly caused by these everyday stresses and as you become addicted, you can find yourself trapped in a vicious cycle.

How addiction can exacerbate mental health disorders

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Addiction is a condition that can often isolate sufferers from their friends and families. It is important to understand that addiction wants to keep you in its grip and will do whatever it can to achieve this.

This can include mental manipulation, gaslighting and physical isolation. For example, you may lie about your whereabouts or who you are with in order to hide your activities from loved ones. You may also withdraw from social activities and become increasingly reclusive.

This isolation can exacerbate mental health issues such as anxiety and depression as well as trigger paranoid thoughts and delusions. This allows your addiction to prevent you from seeking help which will drag you further down into a destructive cycle.

Mental health and addiction in the UK

The issue of mental health issues and addiction in the UK is a serious one. Here are some statistics which show both the link between the two conditions and the extent of the situation:

  • More than a quarter of adults who have a serious mental health condition also have a problem with substance abuse.
  • Approximately 37% of individuals who abuse alcohol also have at least one serious mental illness, and 53% of drug abusers suffer from a mental health condition.
  • 43% of young people in rehab between 2020 and 2021 reported a mental health issue, up from 37% between 2019 to 2020 and 32% from 2018 to 2019.
  • 58% of girls in addiction treatment suffer from a mental health disorder compared to 38% of boys in treatment.

These statistics show the importance of understanding mental health issues when dealing with addiction and ensuring that people receive continued mental health support before, during and after rehab.

What are some common addiction and mental health conditions?

At Sanctuary Lodge, we provide addiction treatment for people with a range of different dual diagnoses of mental health and addiction issues. Some of the most common include:

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Addiction and suicide

Research suggests that up to 40% of people seeking treatment for addictions report a history of suicide attempts. Learn more by clicking the button below.

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ADHD and addiction

Individuals with ADHD are more likely to develop addictions to substances like alcohol and drugs, as well as behavioural addictions.

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A.M. and addiction

Anger management issues refer to the consistent trouble in controlling anger or reactions to situations that provoke anger. Learn more by clicking the button below.

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Anxiety and addiction

Anxiety strikes most of us at some time and it is generally considered to be a normal part of life. Learn more by clicking on the button below.

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Autism and addiction

Sanctuary Lodge is confident that we can help people overcome addiction and do our best to provide additional support for dual diagnosis.

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BDD and addiction

Body Dysmorphic Disorder, or BDD, is when a person struggles to stop thinking about one or more perceived defects or flaws in their appearance. Click here to learn more.

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Bipolar disorder and addiction

Bipolar disorder, formerly referred to as manic depression, is a severe mental health condition which causes those suffering to experience reality through the lens of two extremes.

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Borderline Personality Disorder and addiction

Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) is a complex mental health condition and is considered to be part of Cluster B personality disorders. Click the button to learn more.

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Codependency and addiction

In order to break free from the cycle of codependency and addiction, it is vital that you get the professional help you need. Click on the button below if you wanr to learn more.

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Depression and addiction

Depression is one of the most common mental health conditions in the UK, affecting around one in six adults. Click the button below to learn more.

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Grief and addiction

Grief is that intense, complex mix of emotions that hits you when you lose someone or something really important to you. To learn more, click on the button below.

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Insomnia and addiction

Insomnia is a common sleep disorder that affects the ability to fall asleep or stay asleep or causes a person to wake up too early and not be able to return to sleep. To learn more, click on the button below.

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OCD and addiction

Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD) is a chronic disorder in which a person has uncontrollable, reoccurring thoughts (obsessions) and behaviours (compulsions).

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Personality disorder and addiction

If you are suffering from a personality disorder and are struggling to control your substance abuse, help is available.

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PTSD and addiction

PTSD and addiction are both mental health conditions that stem from unhealed emotional pain and can manifest if not properly treated.

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Self harm and addiction

Self-harm involves deliberately causing harm or injury to oneself, often as a way to manage or express emotional pain and distress or to cope with overwhelming feelings.

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With such a high number of people falling victim to the dangers of addiction, it is essential that effective modes of treatment are offered to those who are also trying to cope with schizophrenia alone.

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Stress and addiction

When faced with a stressful situation, whether physical, psychological or emotional, the body reacts by releasing stress hormones, such as adrenaline and cortisol.

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All of these conditions can be incredibly dangerous so if you are suffering from any make sure you seek help as soon as possible. Likewise, if you have a loved one in need of help for mental health and addiction disorders, get in touch with Sanctuary Lodge immediately so we can get their treatment started right away.

How can Sanctuary Lodge help with addiction and mental health?

While the primary focus of rehab is on treating addiction, and your mental health condition must be stable to enter rehab, many of the therapies and treatment approaches at Sanctuary Lodge can also be beneficial for mental health conditions.

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) is commonly used in rehab to help clients identify and change negative thought patterns that contribute to addictive behaviours. But CBT can also be helpful for treating mental health conditions such as depression, anxiety, and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) because it can help to change the way you think about and cope with difficult situations.

Other rehab therapies such as group therapy and individual counselling can also be beneficial for both addiction and mental health. In group therapy, you can share your experiences with others who understand what you are going through. This can help to reduce feelings of isolation and loneliness. Individual counselling can provide you with the opportunity to explore your thoughts and feelings in a safe and confidential setting which can help to lessen the symptoms of a number of mental health conditions.

Will I be able to cure my mental disorder whilst in rehab?

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Rehab is not a “cure” for either addiction or mental health disorders. It is a process which helps people to overcome their addiction by gaining a better understanding of its causes and learning new ways of coping with the things that trigger it. No rehab centre treats mental health disorders but many people’s symptoms can be vastly improved both as a result of the insights they gain during addiction therapy and because substance abuse no longer aggravates their disorder.

Our team of highly trained staff have extensive experience in helping people with mental health and addiction disorders. They will ensure that you receive any medication you have been prescribed for your mental health while ensuring you always have someone to talk to if you are struggling. All of our therapists have been through recovery themselves and many of them have experienced their own mental health issues during their addiction. They know exactly what you are going through so will be able to offer you the support and understanding you need to recover.

What to do next

If you are struggling with addiction and mental health, you don’t need to suffer alone. At Sanctuary Lodge, we understand how hard it can be but we have helped so many people just like you. Get in touch with us today and we can help you to start a whole new life free from addiction which will also have huge benefits for your mental health.

Frequently asked questions

Is addiction a mental health condition?
Yes, addiction is a multi-faceted disorder which can be both a cause and symptom of mental health conditions as well as a mental health condition itself. It can be triggered by a number of mental and psychological factors including trauma, stress, anxiety and depression.
Which substance addictions are most commonly linked to mental health issues?
There is no one answer to this as everybody is different. However, certain substances affect the mind in different ways. Stimulants, such as cocaine and methamphetamine, can increase anxiety levels, while alcohol and benzodiazepines are depressants which can cause feelings of sadness and despair. Whatever your story, Sanctuary Lodge can help you make a positive change in your life.
What are the dangers of mental health and addictions?
If left untreated, addiction can lead to a number of serious health and personal consequences including job loss, relationship problems, financial difficulties and homelessness. With underlying mental health conditions, the potential risks are even greater, making it incredibly difficult to cope. This can lead to desperate isolation, self-destructive behaviours, and in extreme cases, self-harm or suicide. If you are struggling with addiction and mental health, it is important to seek professional help as soon as possible.
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