Often when there is something like a mass shooting, you hear the news reporters linking the violence with substance abuse and mental illness. They make it sound like these are always connected. In some cases, this is true because people won’t normally strike out this violently unless there are substance abuse and mental illness issues. There is another side of that coin, however. Sometimes it is an act of violence that creates substance abuse and mental illness. In still other cases, only two of these may be present, such as in a dual diagnosis where no violence has occurred. It is important, however, to see just how these three things can be connected. If you need dual diagnosis treatment, reach out to Mission Recovery today at 833.477.7379.
Substance Abuse & Mental Illness
Substance abuse and mental illness have long been known to come together often, especially when you suffer from either anxiety or depression. This is because people so often try to numb their emotions or mask the symptoms of mental illness. History has always placed a stigma on mental illness, which further complicates the seeking out help. The problem becomes compounded when substance use then becomes regular. It not only masks the main issue, but it also creates more issues. The two feed off of each other, which creates a never-ending circle that continues to grow bigger if not addressed and treated at an anxiety treatment program or depression treatment program.
Violence From Both Perspectives
Violence often joins in this dance, but its role isn’t always the same. Sometimes it leads, and other times it follows. When people experience the kind of violence that makes them feel their own lives or that of their loved ones are in danger, the mind can’t handle it. Our brains aren’t made for that constant assault, and there is a chemical change. Many who have lived through such violence suffer mental illness in the form of PTSD or depression.
On the other hand, those who suffer a mental illness often feel anger at the situation. They feel somehow attacked and singled out that they suffer this pain while others go about life seemingly fine. The anger is sometimes turned inward and other times directed outward. If the person has never learned productive coping skills, they don’t know what to do with all this anger. If they turn to substance use, the barriers we normally have in place to push back inappropriate actions are knocked down. Inhibitions are given free rein, and that anger can result in violence. In these cases, violence can be projected outward towards others or inwardly toward oneself, resulting in suicide.
A dual diagnosis treatment program. is one of the most effective methods in regards to the intricate dance between violence, substance abuse, and mental illness. By addressing both the substance abuse and the mental illness, the chance that a violent episode will occur goes down drastically. This is because our clients are given effective tools to help redirect anger. They learn how to handle the memories of past trauma and how to replace substance use with more productive coping mechanisms. Treatment in these cases truly must address the mind, body, and soul.
Contact Mission Recovery
Here at Mission Recovery, we understand the intricate connection between violence, substance abuse, and mental illness. Many of our clients have a need for dual diagnosis treatment. Many also deal with recurring thoughts of violence they have seen. Others are angry and seek anger management in order to avoid striking out. If you are dealing with a dual diagnosis, reach out to us. We offer a wide array of treatment programs, including:
To learn more about our treatment options, contact us today at 833.477.7379. You don’t have to spend the rest of your life feeling that violence will always be somewhere in your mind. We are here for you. You only need to take the hand we offer.