There are a number of co-occurring issues that can lead to or exacerbate a substance abuse problem. Just a few of these include:
- Mental health issues
- Chronic physical illness
- Sexual or physical abuse or experience of other trauma
- Brain injury
A traumatic brain injury can cause significant changes in a person’s quality of life, altering their personality and increasing their difficulties with managing day-to-day stressors and responsibilities. It can also increase the likelihood that they will struggle with drugs and alcohol, and often, when the two issues co-occur, it can be explosive for them and those who love them.
How can families best address the issue when both addiction and trauma exist? Intensive treatment that proactively addresses both issues at the same time.
One pitfall that often stops those living with traumatic brain injury from getting the comprehensive care they need is the rigid structure of many drug rehab programs. Families often believe that the primary problematic issue for their loved one is their drug or alcohol abuse; they may not even realize that a brain injury is also part of the problem or that it’s a significant cause of the ongoing trouble experienced by their loved one. Unfortunately, due to the limited nature of many rehabilitation programs, patients don’t get the personalized care they need that will help them to overcome all the obstacles they face as they move toward recovery. As a result, they often struggle with relapse and high rates of dropout.
A Solid Diagnosis
The first step to getting the best possible treatment is a thorough evaluation process in order to secure an accurate diagnosis of all troublesome issues. If a brain injury – or the extent of the damage caused by brain trauma – is not identified, its treatment cannot be incorporated into a comprehensive treatment program.
Addiction, too, must be addressed in full and the best way to do that is to identify all the issues that are driving that addiction. Anything that stops the person from being fully functional in everyday life should be tackled head on during rehabilitation. Treatment and therapeutic options should be chosen accordingly and may include:
- Family therapy to address relationship issues at home
- Job skills training to improve employability
- Life coaching to aid in finding direction and purpose in sober life
- Nutritional therapy and other holistic measures to assist with healing on all fronts
If you would like to learn more about the comprehensive treatment available to you or your loved one here at Alta Mira, we’re standing by to assist you. Contact us at the phone number above now.