Professionals who suffer from a debilitating mental illness such as bipolar disorder or severe anxiety and are addicted to drugs or alcohol are facing what is called a dual disorder. These individuals abuse alcohol, drug, or pain medication in an attempt to relieve symptoms caused by mental illness.
It’s assumed that those who have achieved some level of success or hold a high status in their communities are immune to any type of addiction disorder. Truth is, the more demanding a job, the higher the stress, the higher the probability of developing a need to relieve stress with mood-altering substances. Dual disorders plague not only the general population but also professionals such as executives, doctors, nurses, dentists, and lawyers. Professionals may lean on drugs to soothe mental distress, and they may be more likely to self-medicate due to time constraints.
Individuals who suffer from an addiction may also suffer from any of the following mental illnesses:
- Bipolar Disorder
- Fear Disorders
- Generalized Anxiety Disorder
- Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
- Panic Disorder
- Personality Disorders
- Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
Specialized, Integrated Care
Until recently, many addiction treatment centers were not equipped to handle full-on psychiatric issues such as the abovementioned. Equally, those who would admit to a mental health facility may not have received proper care for their addiction problem. Individuals with a dual disorder diagnosis require specialized, integrated care, as delivered by the mental health professionals and addiction experts at the Positive Sobriety Institute.
The Positive Sobriety Institute’s team of board-certified physicians, nurse practitioners, psychologists and addiction medicine clinicians perform thorough mental evaluations to diagnose and treat dual disorders. Positive Sobriety Institute understands that mental illness and addiction share many of the same symptoms. It is for this reason that we commit ourselves to helping our fellow colleagues sustain and maintain sobriety and long-term care for mental health issues.