How addiction affects your mental health


addiction and mental health

Addiction and mental health: Pre, During and Post Rehab

Addiction can develop for a variety of reasons, and can manifest itself in different ways.

Whether an individual is addicted to drugs or alcohol, or indeed both, there are many impacts on both physical and mental health.

Below, we explore the various ways that addiction can impact mental health at each and every stage of illness and recovery:

1.Pre rehab: Co-occurring illness

In most cases, mental health has triggered, or has been triggered by, alcohol or drug abuse. They often come hand in hand as one can perpetuate and influence the other. More.

In residential rehab centres, treatment programmes are tailored to the individual and focus on every aspect of recovery.

By treating the individual as a person, rather than being defined by their addiction, rehab seeks to improve the mental and physical health of the individual, as well as give them the resources they need to begin a lifetime of sobriety.

Many patients admitted will suffer from addiction as well as mental health issues too. To learn more about the resources available in private drug and alcohol rehab, click here.

2. During Rehab

Whether or not you have experienced mental health issues prior to your residential rehab, you may experience short-term mental health issues during your detoxification process.

Symptoms of withdrawal include:

Though detoxification is an unpleasant and short-term period, it is necessary to continue with rehabilitation and recovery.

This is the worst part, your mentality will begin to improve after this.

Throughout your treatment programme, you will be exposed to both experiential and holistic therapies. T

These kinds of therapies are proven to improve mindset, decrease the levels of stress, anxiety and/or depression you may be feeling:

Benefits of experiential and holistic therapies:

  1. Focus on the individual, not the addiction
  2. Yoga and meditation help promote healing and relaxation
  3. Art and equine therapy helps express emotions in different ways
  4. Encourages positive mindset and mentality
  5. Fitness provides health benefits
  6. Positive distraction from withdrawal and cravings

  3. Post Rehab

One of the many purposes of residential rehab is to establish a routine. Following your treatment, it is important to keep this up.

Post rehab, your new lifestyle will instil positive change and mentality and your mental health will be much more stable and improved in sobriety.

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