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Alcohol & Drug Addiction | Mental Health Services

Mental health and drug and alcohol addiction are sometimes so intertwined it is difficult to determine which one is the leading cause of problems. 

Other times, our clients don’t have mental health problems, instead, they have undiagnosed alcoholism. Uncovering what issues our clients really face can be a long process. 

That’s why our program at Burning Tree Ranch is 8 – 14 months of residential inpatient. It gives us time to unravel the issues caused by mental health and understand what alcoholism is causing. 

We also found that alcohol and drugs can give those who suffer from substance use disorder symptoms of mental illnesses, even if they might not necessarily have a mental health issue. 

Mental Health Problems From Depressants 

Depressants — like alcohol and benzodiazepines — are some of the most widely used drugs. 

Medically, depressants help you sleep and relax muscles. They reduce the function of the nervous system. 

Symptoms of abusing depressants can be amnesia, low blood pressure, headache among many others. 

However, too much of a depressant — like alcohol — can lead to symptoms of depression. 

Mental Health Problems From Stimulants

Stimulants can also have long-lasting effects that can look like schizophrenia and hallucinations. Long-lasting effects are rare. 

However, while using stimulants, it is possible to have symptoms that look like schizophrenia. 

When someone with a substance use disorder abuses both stimulants and depressants, the person can exhibit periods of highs and lows. Symptoms look a lot like bipolar disorder. 

Anxiety Disorders

Constant drug use and alcoholism can also cause anxiety disorder.

Anxiety is a common occurrence among people with substance abuse problems and alcoholism. Alcoholism often leads to anxiety.

However, research suggests that many people turn to alcohol and drugs to self-medicate for anxiety disorders. Anxiety disorder and alcohol disorder can initiate the other.

Withdrawal can even lead to panic attacks. It’s imperative that when withdrawing that you are in a safe space and get medical treatment. 

The Chronic Problem of Alcoholism

Alcoholism and addiction are chronic diseases. If you don’t get the proper treatment and you stop treating your addiction, the symptoms of alcoholism will return. 

The symptoms are that you will do way more than you intended, and you will not be able to stay stopped. 

If you are a chronic relapser then you know you need more help than the advice of “Just Don’t Drink.” 

People who are true alcoholics need a long term inpatient rehab to prevent relapse from happening again. A relapse prevention plan will help you know what you need to do when you leave treatment so you can stay sober. 

Check for availability at Burning Tree Ranch

If you need help with long-term treatment, please call our admissions team. We have small facilities to provide the best level of care and to ensure recovery remains personal and ethical. Call us to check availability.

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LMSW, LCDC | Counselor
Kristina Robertson serves as Counselor at Burning Tree Ranch. Holding both a Bachelors and Masters Degree in Social Work, Kristina’s greatest joy is “watching our clients learn to love themselves again.” An avid equestrian, mother to twenty-one horses, and all-around animal lover, Kristina serves as a bright shining example of long-term recovery in action. Her commitment to whole person health: mental, physical, emotional and spiritual makes her an invaluable member of the Burning Tree Ranch clinical team. As a distinguished Phi Theta Kappa and Alpha Zeta member, Kristina believes deeply in each client’s pursuit of becoming their best selves.

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