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Mental Health Awareness Month

Mental Health Awareness Month

Hello Gateway Foundation Partner!

Since May is Mental Health Awareness Month, it is important to discuss the relationship between mental health and substance misuse which may develop as a co-occurring disorder. Individuals who have a mental health condition are more likely to develop a substance use disorder than those without a diagnosis. Below you will find a few articles from our website outlining co-occurring disorders, the exacerbation of either condition due to substance misuse, and the effectiveness of dual diagnosis treatment. 

Nearly half the people who have a severe mental health condition also experience a substance use disorder. Because mental health disorders and substance use are often co-occurring, different signs identify the overlap between the two disorders. Our professional staff is equipped with the knowledge to identify both disorders in the form of an accurate dual diagnosis and treat both the mental illness and substance use disorder. 

At Gateway Foundation, we are your partner in substance use disorder treatment with over 50 years of experience treating co-occurring mental illnesses and substance use disorders. Our compassionate staff has a strong background in providing evidence-based treatment plans tailored to the needs of each client. Please feel free to reach out to your Gateway Foundation contact person with any needs. If you don’t know who your contact is, email me directly and we’ll put you in touch.

Kind regards,

Frank Markett
Director of Sales

Relationship Between Mental Health and Substance Use Disorder

Relationship Between Mental Health and Substance Misuse

The majority of people with a co-occurring condition don’t know that they have a mental health problem. They could be struggling with anxiety, bipolar disorder, or depression. However, they never received a formal diagnosis. This left them to deal with the symptoms themselves.

Initially, the relationship between mental health and substance misuse is one of self-medication. You make the symptoms go away. However, you quickly develop a physical tolerance and then a dependency.

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Dual Diagnosis Treatment

Dual Diagnosis Treatment

People who experience both mental health and substance use disorders don’t need treatment for one disorder and then the other. Instead, they need treatment for both disorders at the same time. For this reason, Gateway Foundation offers dual diagnosis treatment in a truly integrated manner. We use an interdisciplinary, team-based approach that includes doctors, psychologists, and licensed clinical staff.

Rather than relying on idiosyncratic manuals with bits and pieces of evidence-based practices, Gateway Foundation uses training and fidelity monitoring to ensure high-quality treatment. This allows professionals at our drug and alcohol rehab centers to get the best results. 

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Co-occuring and dual diagnosis services

Co-Occurring and Dual Diagnosis Services in Illinois

Substance use disorder can change a person’s mind and body. Physical health impacts allow other conditions to develop, including mental health disorders. It’s common for individuals who struggle with substance use disorder to have a mental health diagnosis and vice versa. When individuals are battling more than a singular disorder, we call this a “dual diagnosis.”

Finding adequate treatment programs that target both disorders is a crucial part of reaching sobriety. It can help individuals dig deeper into the root of their substance use disorder and find the most effective methods for dealing with situations.

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