Mental Health Services
Substance abuse often has ties with mental illness, yet mental-health treatment often gets overlooked by many programs. A common trend among people with mental disorders is the act of self-medication, using a substance to cope with their internal struggles in order to ease the pain or to avoid it altogether. This can be as small as a person with social anxiety drinking at a party to get rid of their nerves or as large as a person struggling with depression shooting heroin to feel a fleeting sense of euphoria and happiness.
The mental health spectrum is vast and affects a great portion of the United States. According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness, nearly 43.8 million U.S. citizens experienced a mental illness in 2015, marking 1 in 5 adults. Of those, about 10.2 million adults have co-occurring mental health and addiction disorders, yet 60% of all adults with mental illnesses did not receive mental health services. There is a serious connection between mental illness and addiction, which is why mental health treatment centers focus on both aspects during the recovery process to achieve sobriety.