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Drug addiction and treatment
We have addressed the concept of dual-diagnosis, which points at the co-occurrence of mental health disorders and substance abuse.
People who experience this co-occurrence will face a very unique set challenges throughout the recovery process.
While recovery related therapy involves different therapies which facilitate recovery, occupational therapy in particular is an extremely important element.
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Emotional manipulation is a common theme in the behaviour of people who are addicted and can still be present in the early stages of addiction recovery.
Manipulative behaviour can be extremely hurtful and can cause irreparable damage to some relationships between addicts and their loved ones.
Often, the addicted person becomes an expert manipulator and can get away with manipulating people and situations to suite their desired outcomes.
Although bipolar disorder and addiction are not officially symptomatic of each other, they often occur concurrently.
These two conditions are commonly related to one another; therefore, many medical professionals will routinely check for substance abuse and addiction in people who have been diagnosed with bipolar mood disorder.
During addiction recovery, the effects of substance abuse on mental health are easily observed.
The impact addiction has on mental health is undeniable and often, permanent. This is especially true when someone has abused substances for an extended period of time.
Some of the long-term mental health issues that may arise from addiction are anxiety, depression, sleeping disorders, mood disorders and even psychosis.
Psychological trauma is a factor that must be strongly considered in any person who is undergoing addiction recovery.
Trauma is often found to be the root cause of someone’s addictions and therefore, the trauma itself should be addressed along with the actual addiction.
What is mental health?
Mental health refers to a person’s emotional, social and psychological well-being. It has an effect on how we feel, act and think.
Furthermore, our mental state will determine how we make choices, handle stress and relate to others.
Hitting rock bottom is often associated with the idea that there is no hope left to turn things around for the better.
However, sometimes it’s necessary to reach this point in order to make the most important choice in your life – the one that leads you out of the dark.
Rock bottom is generally considered the moment where a person reaches a point where they believe that things could not possibly get worse. Some may feel they have nothing left to lose.
Despite the large number of rehabs in South Africa, it’s unclear how many of them operate within the scope of ethical rehabilitation practices.
The success of a person’s addiction recovery depends largely on the way they are treated while undergoing rehabilitation.
Rehab centres are obliged both morally and legally to enforce ethical standards of practice as a non-negotiable part of their program.
The journey of addiction recovery is easily hindered by certain beliefs that we often hold onto.
These thought patterns can weigh heavily on someone who is trying to recover from addiction and may unnecessarily slow down their progress.
One of the tools that addiction counseling teaches you is how to say no. It also helps you realise that saying no can be easy and does not mean that you are selfish.
There are many people who believe that the only way to show someone kindness is to do what they ask of them, regardless of what the consequences will be.
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