Numbing Emotional Pain through Drug Use

Numbing Emotional Pain through Drug UseSometimes San Jose begin using drugs recreationally to fit in with a crowd. Sometimes San Jose residents are prescribed a drug to treat a medical condition and they become dependent on it. Often, however, recreational drug use begins because San Jose residents are seeking relief from emotional pain.

Emotional pain can take many different forms. Sometimes grief is the primary emotion that San Jose residents are trying to escape, and sometimes fear and anxiety are involved. Trauma can be an initiator of drug abuse because of the secondary emotions attached to it and because people sometimes use drugs to distract from and repress memories.

Co-Occurring Psychological and Substance Use Disorders in San Jose Residents

Although it is difficult to know exactly how many San Jose residents begin using drugs because of emotional pain,  clues can be discovered in the study of co-occurring disorders, in which drug or alcohol addiction co-exists with a diagnosed mental health condition like anxiety or depression. The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) reports the following about co-occurring disorders:

  • Addiction treatment providers have estimated that 50 to 75% of their patients suffer from co-occurring mental disorders.
  • Mental health service providers have estimated that between 20 and 50% of their patients also suffer from substance abuse issues.
  • An estimated 8.9 million adults have co-occurring substance abuse and mental health disorders.
  • There are strong connections between trauma and addiction, with childhood abuse appearing to play a significant role in many cases.
  • Among people with substance use disorders, 12 to 34 percent also experience post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). For women, the rate is 30 to 59 percent.
  • Female substance abusers have lifetime rates of physical or sexual abuse ranging from 55 to 99 percent.
  • Male substance abusers with PTSD have typically been victims of crime or have experienced war trauma.
  • Approximately 50 percent of substance abusers have experienced a mood or anxiety disorder during their life.
  • The group at highest risk for co-occurring substance abuse and mood disorders appears to be older adults.

Integrated Treatment for San Jose residents with Emotional and Addiction Issues

When San Jose residents are suffering in both the emotional and substance abuse realms, integrated treatment that addresses both sides of the equation is required. SAMHSA notes that integrated treatment has been shown to lead to both improved psychiatric functioning and reduced substance use. It also decreases rates of hospitalization and arrests.

If you are a San Jose resident who would like to know more about quality integrated treatment programs that can help you address both emotional and substance abuse issues, give us a call. We can help you sort through the options and find a treatment program that is right for you. If you wish, we can check your insurance coverage. The call is free and we are available 24 hours a day. You can recover both your emotional and physical health. Call today.

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