Addiction is a complex disease, and integrated treatment ensures the best chance at long-term sobriety. Aside from the addiction itself, a person suffering from substance abuse will also encounter mental health issues such as anxiety, depression, and trauma. Whether mental health was influenced by drug use or existed prior to addiction, mental health programs are a critical part of a quality addiction treatment program.

Why Focus on Mental Health?

The National Institute for Drug Abuse defines addiction as “a chronic, relapsing disorder characterized by compulsive drug seeking and use despite adverse consequences. It is considered a brain disorder because it involves functional changes to brain circuits involved in reward, stress, and self-control, and those changes may last a long time after a person has stopped taking drugs.” Considering addiction as a disorder of the brain, we can understand the significance of mental health programs.

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Regardless of whether the mental health issue or addiction came first, treatment for both illnesses is imperative to ensure total recovery.

Mental Health Programs for Dual Diagnosis

For some, addiction may be an effort to self-medicate issues such as anxiety, PTSD, or depression. Untreated mental illness can lead to the use of drugs or alcohol as a way to self-soothe. In order to best serve these clients, dual diagnosis treatment is used to assess and identify other co-occurring mental illnesses.

Mental Health Programs

Alcohol and substance abuse treatment is not a one-size-fits-all program. Due to biological differences in the mind and body, specified treatment is essential to creating a quality recovery plan. While both sexes experience many facets of recovery, we designed our mental health programs specifically for men and women with their biological issues in mind.

Because of the negative stigma around mental health issues, admitting a need for mental health care can be difficult. The First Step Center designed mental health programs to provide men and women with high-quality treatment for their specific needs in order to live a healthy and successful life.

Taking Your First Step with First Step Center of Arizona

At First Step Center, we have developed a high-quality treatment program targeted toward mental health programs. We offer a wide range of addiction and dual diagnosis therapy services providing the optimal chance for long-term sobriety.

Some of our substance abuse treatment programs include:

To take your first step towards a better, healthier life, reach out to First Step Center of Arizona today. Contact First Step Center of Arizona now at 866.832.6398 to begin with our mental health programs.