Both substance abuse and mental illness tend to cause each other. For instance, if you live in Altoona and you start using drugs or drinking alcohol excessively, there is a high risk that you might start displaying the signs and symptoms of a mental illness.
On the other hand, if you have been living with a mental health disorder, you might start abusing these substances to deal with the signs and symptoms of your disorder. This could later give rise to the development of a substance use disorder, or an addiction.
The likelihood of developing the symptoms of psychosis while taking non-prescription intoxicating substances will largely vary from one drug to the next. For instance, if you abuse cocaine in excess - by using too much at the same time - there is a high likelihood that you will experience psychosis in a matter of minutes. When this condition develops from amphetamine or cocaine abuse, it will typically lead to persecutory delusions.
You might also experience tactile, auditory, and visual hallucinations as a result of abusing hallucinogens. However, these experiences are not the same as a diagnosis of psychosis. Even so, taking too much of these drugs or suffering an adverse reaction from using them could also cause you to develop paranoia and delusions.
According to research studies, schizophrenia tends to co-occur or happen at the same time as substance abuse and addiction. In fact, more than 50 percent of the people who live with schizophrenia also abuse drugs and drink alcohol excessively.
You might start using these substances to self-medicate the signs and symptoms of your mental health disorder. These substances might also prove effective at alleviating the feelings of depression and anxiety linked to schizophrenia
However, this will only aggravate your problems in the long term. This is particularly due to the heightened risk of developing a substance use disorder as a result of your pre-existing mental illness.
Although dual diagnosis treatment takes many different forms, you will mostly find that it is offered on an inpatient basis. This means that you will have to live in the recovery facility for a period of time - which could be anywhere between 30 and 90 days - or even longer in some instances.
The reason why you might benefit from inpatient treatment is because you will require a wide variety of round the clock rehabilitation services to manage both your substance abuse and addiction as well as any other co-occurring medical and mental health disorders that you have also been struggling with.
First Things First Counseling and Consulting is a rehab program providing services in and around Eau Claire County.
They provide a wide range of services, settings and treatment approaches such as:Mental Health Treatment, Outpatient Drug Rehab, Activity Therapy.
They offer special programs that are tailored to unique individual needs such as: Active Duty Military and Persons With Hiv Or Aids.
If you are interested in attending or using one of the services offered by First Things First Counseling and Consulting, they accept the following payment types: Cash Or Self Payment, Medicaid, State Financed Health Insurance Plan Other Than Medicaid, Private Health Insurance, Military Insurance, State Mental Health Agency Funds, State Welfare Or Child And Family Services Funds, State Corrections Or Juvenile Justice Funds