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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.
A healthy mental state is important from early on in life, all the way through to adulthood.
When developing problems with your mental state, your behaviour, moods and thinking are negatively affected.
This impacts your ability to function with ease in your day to day life.
Although the exact cause of mental health issues is not known, the following are considered contributing factors:
Having a healthy mental state will allow a person to:
As with most dual diagnosis situations, mental health issues and addiction are very closely related to each other.
Usually, substance abuse comes as a result of mental illness because the person is looking for a way to numb the feelings or silence the thoughts they experience due to their condition and therefore turn to some or other substance.
However, mental illness can often be a result of prolonged substance abuse which ultimately alters the chemicals in the brain, causing some form of mental illness.
As a dual diagnosis, patients who are undergoing addiction recovery, should be treated for the relevant mental illness at the same time.
We understand the connection between mental health and addiction. Our programmes are designed to treat addiction holistically and compassionately. Contact us for more information about our dual diagnosis treatment programmes.
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