There are thousands of people in Tennessee who are currently struggling with an alcohol or drug abuse problem who are in need of treatment help. Many of them know this deep down but refuse to seek treatment on their own, which is why interventions are so common and often necessary.
One of the indications that a loved one can benefit from a Tennessee intervention is that they have a dual diagnosis. This means that they are struggling with a substance abuse problem and mental illness at the same time. This is a very broad category, and it can include a person who is anxious or depressed as a result of their drinking. It also refers to someone who has been diagnosed with bipolar disorder or schizophrenia and is self-medicating with street drugs to try to control their symptoms.
The mental illness or the addiction can develop first. Some people start using drugs as a way to treat their symptoms of mental illness. They may not recognize what is happening to them. The drug or alcohol use may mask the symptoms, or may even make them worse over time.
In some instances drug use can cause mental health issues. The substance abuse can influence a person’s brain chemistry, thoughts and moods.
Tennessee Addition & Mental Health Intervention
According to a report published by the American Medical Association, close to 40 percent of people who abuse alcohol and more than half of those with drug abuse issues also have at least one mental health issue. The report also stated that nearly 30 percent of all those diagnosed with a mental illness also have a substance abuse problem.
Scheduling a Tennessee intervention for a loved one with a dual diagnosis means that you and your family are taking steps to deal with their addiction problem now. You aren’t prepared to have someone you care for sink any further into the pit of addiction.
Working with an experienced interventionist, your goal is to stop the cycle of addictive behavior and get your family member to accept help now. Often families wait until their loved one has been drinking or using drugs for many years before they reach out for help. By that point the pattern of destructive behavior has been well established. Family relationships are strained, if not ruined after many occasions of disappointments and broken promises.
A Tennessee intervention can help a family feel as though they are back in control of the situation. They have a say in what is happening in their homes and their relationship with their addicted family member again, even if their loved one decides not to accept the help being offered immediately. Taking this step is a positive one for the entire family.