Studies Show Us Just How Common Mental Illness Occurs Alongside Addiction

Studies Show Us Just How Common Mental Illness Occurs Alongside Addiction

Mental illness has become much more critical of a topic to include in addiction recovery as our society has become more open to discussing it. Depression, anxiety disorders, bipolar disorder and more can add a completely different component in need of consideration when recovery is involved, and even those in sober living may find that psychiatric illness can have a huge impact on their day-to-day obstacles. As humans, it’s extremely likely that trauma and mental illness have made their way into our lives, and this will certainly have an impact on the way we perceive ourselves, others, and the world at large. As we’re recovering, we can’t focus strictly on addiction because that is likely only a minor piece in the larger puzzle of our lives. If so, how does mental illness fit into this?

Last year, researchers from the Alcohol Research Group at the Public Health Institute published a study in the Journal of Dual Diagnosis that explored mental illness within the addiction recovery sober living community. A total of 300 residents were assessed over the span of a year and a half, with psychological distress, clinical symptoms, length of stay, substance use and more being measured. This is what they found:

·    A little over half of the participants showed 20 or more symptoms associated with mental illnesses.

·    With sober living, psychological distress and symptoms of depression did improve over time.

·    Residents of sober living also found their anxiety to significantly improve.

In 2016, a study published in the journal Substance Use and Misuse found that psychiatric severity was strongly linked with severity of alcohol and drug problems. What they found to be the most predictive factors to sobriety were a person’s perceived costs and benefits of it. Perception is certainly everything, as the way we think is what can truly make a difference in the choices we make, how we treat people, and how we treat ourselves as well. If you’re currently recovering from both a mental illness and an addiction, remember to focus on the positives. Find what is working with you – not against you – in recovery. You’ll find that it makes you stronger and more capable of pushing through, no matter what comes your way.

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Kimberly James

I am the founder and owner of The Beach House Treatment Center, The White House, Indigo Ranch, Sweetwater Mesa and Beach House Center for Wellness, all in Malibu, California.