Mental illness arising from drug and substance abuse has been on the rise from 1970. Addicts suffering from mental illness are harder to rehabilitate or treat because they mostly are unresponsive to standard methods of treatment. There are two types of patients in this category:
- Patients with pre-existing mental conditions.
This is commonly referred to as dual disorder. This type of patients already had an existing mental condition which mostly is acquired genetically. The situation is exacerbated by drug and substance abuse. When deciding which rehabilitation center you will take such a patient, you have to understand that you are dealing with two diverse conditions. Therefore, it has to be possible for the patient to access treatment on both conditions simultaneously. Rehabs for such patients are mostly located inside hospitals equipped with professionals who are able to administer proper treatment for the genetic side of the illness. In the same hospital individuals properly trained to deal with drug and substance abuse rehabilitation are present to deal with rehabilitation only. These cases require intense attention. Interaction with other patients who are not addicts should be kept in check to avoid introduction to drug use.
- Mental illness caused by drug and substance abuse.
A prolonged period of drug and substance abuse sometimes lead to mental illness. If rehabilitation is successful these individuals can lead a normal life. The process of rehabilitation is always complex and hard because the treatment normally is two sided where the patient can communicate on the problems they are facing with addiction. The communication with mentally affected drug users is mostly one way. Treating these patients takes very long and patience is highly advised. When choosing a rehab for such a patient it is important to note that the reason they are mentally ill is because of drug abuse so they cannot be treated normally like people suffering from genetic disorders. The focus on their history of drug abuse is always needed so people who understand them and their life history need to be close to the rehab centers to aid in the process.
There is always the possibility that the patient will recover from addiction but not the mental illness considering how far the illness had gone. Which is why it is always important to seek professional help once you suspect a known drug user is having symptoms of mental illness.
People suffering from mental illness mostly suffer from negligence and abuse in the form of sexual or physical assault. It is therefore important to take them to good rehab centers where they will receive professional help. Even after recovery from drug abuse they still need more care so one has to decide whether to leave them in rehab centers for continued close supervision or take them home and hire someone to help them.