What Are Mental Health Disorders?
As noted by the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), mental health disorders are conditions that impact your mood, thinking, emotions, and behavior. Mental health disorders can have a profound impact on your daily functioning, your relationships with others, and your ability to pursue life goals. However, with support, many people living with mental health disorders can have a fulfilling life. Moreover, mental health disorders are not born from a singular event or exposure to environmental conditions but rather from multiple interconnected causes.
Mental Health Disorder Risk Factors
There are several risk factors that can contribute to the development of a mental health condition:
- Family history
- Chemical imbalance
- Brain structure
- Physical health conditions
- Brain injury
- Life experiences
- Substance use
Mental Health Disorders and Substance Use Disorder
Research has found that many people with SUD also experience co-occurring mental health disorders. While there is a link between substance use disorder (SUD) and mental health disorders, correlation does not equal causation. There are numerous factors to consider in the interconnected relationship of co-occurring conditions. According to the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), researchers have found different possibilities for this co-occurrence. These explanations include common risk factors that contribute to both as well as SUD and mental health disorders mutually contributing to each other.
Some potential causes of comorbid disorders include:
- Common risk factors
- Family history
- Increased genetic risk factors
- Extreme stress
- Mental health disorders contributing to SUD
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Substance use for self-medicating symptoms
- Brain changes increase the reward effect of substances
- SUD contributing to mental health disorders
- Brain changes from substance use can increase the development of mental health disorders
Mental Health Support at Emerge Recovery TX
At Emerge Recovery TX, we believe in treating the whole person in body, mind, and spirit. On your recovery journey, we are here to support and guide you as you learn to understand and love every aspect of yourself. Your mental health is an important component of your journey toward self-love, accountability, resilience, and fellowship.
We can provide support for a wide range of mental health disorders to help you develop the life skills and coping strategies you need to lead the fulfilling life you deserve in long-term recovery. Through treatment and holistic modalities like acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT) and trauma-informed yoga, we can help you learn how to build a life you are excited to live, a life you are not willing to risk.
To learn more about our mental health support services, visit our Programs page.
Mental Health Disorders We Treat
Learning how to change unhealthy thinking and behavior patterns does not happen overnight. At Emerge Recovery TX, we can support you on your mental health journey as you work towards discovering a healthier and happier you. Some of the mental health disorders we treat include:
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Personality disorders
- Borderline personality disorder (BPD)
- Histrionic personality disorder (HPD)
- Bipolar disorder
- Schizoaffective disorder
- Major depressive disorder (MDD)
- Dysthymic disorder or persistent depressive disorder (PDD)
- Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)
- Attention-deficit disorder (ADD)
- Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Generalized anxiety disorder (GAD)
- Social anxiety disorder (SAD)
In addition, we can provide several holistic care and treatment modalities to support you and your specific needs. We believe in meeting you where you are on your journey, as our approach to care is designed to help build a care plan that makes sense for you and the life you want to lead in recovery.
- Treatment modalities include:
- Acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT)
- Cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT)
- Dialectical behavior therapy (DBT)
- Mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR)
- Motivational interviewing (MI)
- Eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR)
- Art therapy
- Relapse prevention
- Somatic experiencing
- Holistic modalities include:
- Sound bath therapy
Why Is Treatment for SUD and Mental Health Disorders Important?
Co-occurring SUD and mental health disorders are common, but the mental health component is often overlooked in treatment plans for SUD. SUD does not develop on its own, so it is important to acknowledge the impact trauma can have on you and your actions. When you can acknowledge that there is trauma affecting your SUD, you can start to understand the relationship between your mental well-being and substance use. With understanding comes the opportunity for growth as you learn healthier patterns for healing and long-term recovery.
Moreover, according to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), when co-occurring disorders are treated equally, you can experience better health outcomes for long-term recovery:
- Long-term recovery from SUD
- Healthier daily functioning
- Improved management of mental health symptoms
- Long-term recovery from mental health disorders
- Improved quality of life
- Increased independence
- Development and achievement of goals
- More stability across the eight dimensions of wellness
SUDs We Treat
Some of the SUDs we treat include:
- Methylenedioxymethamphetamine (MDMA)
- MDMA mix
- Over-the-counter medication
- Phencyclidine (PCP)
- Paramethoxyamphetamine (PMA)
To learn more about the substances we treat, visit our Substance Use Treatment page.
Treating mental health disorders is an important part of the recovery process, as SUD and mental health disorders often co-occur. At Emerge Recovery TX, we believe in supporting the whole person in body, mind, and spirit through trauma-informed care that seeks to meet you where you are on your recovery journey. Call us today at (737) 237-9663 to learn how we can support you in building healthier thinking and behavior patterns for your long-term well-being.