Substance Abuse and Addiction Do You Need Treatment?

Everyone experiences moments of hardship and sadness, or times when life just doesn’t seem to be going as they’d hoped. While many of these ups and downs are normal, if they persist or make it difficult to function each day, they may be a sign of a bigger problem and treatment may be needed.
For some, a mental health disorder may be the underlying cause of unhealthy thought and behavior patterns. There are a number of mental health disorders, each with specific symptoms. In general, you may need treatment if you experience any of the following:

  • Intense feelings of sadness, anger, guilt, shame, worry, grief or worthlessness
  • Withdrawing from family or friends
  • Feeling out of control of your thoughts, behaviors or actions
  • Unexplained changes in diet, energy levels or sleep patterns
  • Losing interest in previously enjoyed activities
  • Inability to focus or complete daily activities
  • Engaging in risky or reckless behaviors such as drunk driving or unsafe sex
  • Thoughts of suicide
  • Compulsive use of drugs, sex, food, gambling or other behaviors to cope
  • Continuing unhealthy behaviors in spite of negative consequences such as job loss, health problems, divorce, financial hardship and legal troubles

If you think that you may be struggling with depression, anxiety, addiction, or another mental or behavioral health issue, contact a therapist, physician or rehabilitation program immediately. These professionals can assess your specific symptoms and help you decide which treatments can help.

The Costs of Delaying Treatment

Mental and behavioral health disorders can impact every area of a person’s life. They are a leading cause of:

  • Disability
  • Unemployment
  • Substance abuse
  • Incarceration
  • Suicide
  • Homelessness
  • School failure
  • Marital problems

The personal and financial costs of delaying treatment are extremely high. Early intervention can prevent years, even decades of needless suffering during some of the most productive years of your life.

Treatment Marks the Beginning of a New Life

Mental and behavioral disorders are not a sign of personal weakness or a character flaw; they are serious conditions that are highly treatable. Medications, psychotherapy, holistic therapies and support groups are just a few of the treatments available. Research shows that a combination of medication and therapy is the most effective, improving the lives of between 70 and 90 percent of patients, according to the National Alliance on Mental Illness.

Scientists are continuously learning about the function of the brain and the most effective treatments for mental and behavioral disorders. With the right type of treatment tailored to your needs, you can learn to manage your symptoms and live a productive and fulfilling life.

Call the National Resource Center at (877) 637-6237 for more information about treatment options.