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Maui Recovery is a fully-equipped alcohol and drug rehab in Hawaii. Our team of highly skilled therapists, doctors, and non-clinical staff work closely with recovering addicts to help them attain sobriety.
Common mental health issues and addiction
Individuals suffering from mental disorders often present themselves with an addiction problem. In most cases, these disorders become the root cause of substance use disorder. Without treating mental disorders, it is almost impossible to address drug/alcohol addiction. Some of the common mental health disorders linked to drug/alcohol abuse are:
- Borderline Personality Disorder – Research states that individuals with a substance use disorder often have a borderline personality disorder (BPD) as well. Over 70% of BPD patients resort to substance abuse to reduce the symptoms of their condition.
- Post-traumatic stress disorder – Individuals dealing with the recent death of a loved one or a life-altering accident, often have post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). The brain of an individual suffering from PTSD produces fewer endorphins than a normal brain, which can result in experiencing feelings of depression, sadness, and loneliness. This can trigger individuals to resort to drugs/alcohol for comfort and relaxation.
- Schizophrenia – Patients who have schizophrenia often experience hallucinations and are delusional. The symptoms of addiction and schizophrenia are similar to each other, and patients suffering from this condition often self-medicate themselves.
We are an expert rehab in Hawaii to treat dual diagnosis. We have helped recovering addicts overcome mental disorders like generalized anxiety disorder (GAD), obsessive-compulsive disorder, depression, etc.
What causes drug relapse?
More than 60% of recovering addicts relapse within one year of rehab treatment. While relapse is somewhat a frequent recurrence, knowing the causes of relapse can help you tactfully manage cravings and triggers. Lack of a firm commitment to sobriety can often cause relapse as sobriety requires hard work, determination, and resilience.
Recovering addicts often lack a solid support system around them, which can make recovering addicts feel lonely and unloved. These negative feelings and emotions can eventually cause a relapse. Attending the 12-step meetings, seeking spiritual guidance, and participating in continuing care programs conducted by your rehab center are some of the other effective ways to avoid relapse.
Steps to prepare for rehab
You must take steps to prepare yourself mentally and physically for your stay in rehab. By arranging for rehab, your mind, body, and soul are more at peace, which will allow you to focus and participate better in rehab treatment. Make sure to talk about your rehab treatment to your employer. Make necessary arrangements with colleagues at work, to make sure that they fill in for you while you’re away.
If you have to take care of pets or elders at home, make sure to entrust these responsibilities to a trustworthy and credible friend. Lastly, if you have any financial obligations, make sure to clear them before you join rehab, or it can affect your focus in treatment.
For more details on our rehab in Hawaii, speak to one of us at Maui Recovery today. We offer the best addiction treatment and care in a therapeutic and supportive environment.