Disorders We Treat
If you or someone you love is living with a substance use disorder or a dual diagnosis that includes a mental illness, we can help. Even if you’re not certain exactly what the trouble is, the best thing you can do is contact us.
Disorders we Treat
At Southeast Addiction we recognize that each and every client we have the privilege to care for is unique. While people may have a diagnosis in common with another patient, no one’s experience is the same. People respond differently to treatment as well. What is effective for one patient, may not be for another. We rely upon a very thorough evaluation process to ensure we understand the specific needs of each person we treat and what drives their substance use disorders.
Diagnosis is Key to Treating Mental Illnesses
Many of the people we treat are dual-diagnosis patients. This means they are living with both substance use disorders and a co-occurring mental illness. Make no mistake, addiction is a mental illness. However, it can be further complicated by co-occurring mental illnesses such as depression, generalized anxiety disorder or post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). We often find that patients have not even been properly diagnosed before reaching our doors. Southeast Addiction believes that accurate diagnosis is essential to successful addiction treatment. Without it, a patients sobriety remains in jeopardy. Someone with an unmanaged mental illness is far more vulnerable to relapse.
What We Treat
Substance Use Disorders (Addiction)
This is our primary focus at Southeast Addiction, hence the name. Many of our staff are people who are in recovery themselves. Others have had their lives touched by addiction in one way or another. We are personally invested in the success of every client who walks through our doors. We understand that getting the right addiction treatment can be a matter of life and death. We offer compassionate care for people dependent on:
- Crystal Meth
- Promethazine and ‘Alternative Drugs’
- Prescription Stimulants (Adderall, Ritalin etc.)
- Prescriptions Sedatives and Sleep Aids (Ambien etc.)
- Prescription Opioid Medicines (Oxycodone, Hydrocodone etc.
There are many substances of abuse in the 21-century, maybe more than we can list here. The bottom line is, if you have a substance use disorder, we can help you. If you require a safe and comfortable medical detox, we can secure that treatment for you as well. Once you call Southeast Addiction, you’re in good hands. We begin to guide the recovery of our clients from the first call forward.
The most common mental illness to co-occur with a substance use disorder is depression. There are several types of depression. In many cases, we see situational depression simply as a result of addiction. Both the chemical changes in the brain, and the circumstantial changes in the life of someone who is addicted can lead to depression all on their own. You don’t need a formal diagnosis to know that you are depressed. So even if you haven’t been diagnosed yet, do not worry. We will get to the bottom of it while you’re under our care.
Southeast addiction also treats other forms of depression including:
- Major Depression
- Bipolar Mood Disorder
- Chronic Depression (Dysthymia)
- Seasonal Depression
- Atypical Depresion.
Any condition that makes even day to day living a struggle can lead someone to pick up a drug or a drink. Anxiety is one of those mental illnesses that can throw your life in turmoil all by itself. It can suck the joy out of living and spoil relationships. People living with unmanaged anxiety often turn to alcohol or drugs in an attempt to self-medicate. Others may be prescribed benzodiazepines but fall into a pattern of abuse. Whichever category you or your loved one find yourselves in, Southeast Addiction can help. The first step is accurate diagnosis. Then we use a combination of therapies to teach the patient healthy ways of coping with anxiety and countering it. When necessary, we can also prescribe safe, non-narcotic medications for the management of anxiety.
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
A surprising number of people with substance use disorders also have PTSD. More often than not they are completely unaware of it. They are sadly all too aware of the symptoms of course. It is these symptoms such as insomnia, nightmares, hopelessness and relationship problems which lead them to use drugs or alcohol. Through no fault of their own, they develop a substance use disorder to go with the PTSD when all they were seeking was some relief. At Southeast Addiction, we understand PTSD. We use leading edge treatments such as Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) therapy to great effect with our PTSD clients.
Substance Use Disorders and Mental Illnesses
As we have seen, substance use disorders and other mental illnesses all to often go hand-in-hand. The good news is that treatment for dual diagnosis patients has undergone a great deal of research in recent years. Treatment for people with co-occurring disorders is more effective now than it has been at any time in history. Recovery can seem like a mountain to climb at first, but the truth is you can do it. Any person living with mental illness or a substance use disorder has already proven their strength. All it really takes to begin your recovery is a bit of willingness. You don’t have to have all the answers or “feel ready” to quit drugs for the rest of your life. You don’t need any of that. You just need enough willingness to pick up the phone and talk to us and put one foot in front of the other. Recovery happens one day at a time and you can do this!
If you or someone you love is living with a substance use disorder or a dual diagnosis that includes a mental illness, we can help. Even if you’re not certain exactly what the trouble is, the best thing you can do is contact us. Let’s begin a dialog and get things turned in the right direction today.
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