It’s October 10th – aka World Mental Health Day. I’m not sure if it’s appropriate to wish everyone a “Happy World Mental Health Day!” but I do wish happiness on all of you, especially those who have mental health challenges.
Addiction & Mental Health
While Never Alone Recovery specializes in addiction treatment, addiction and mental health are closely tied. When someone has both mental health and addiction struggles, we call it “co-occuring disorders.” This was previously known as having a “dual-diagnosis.”
When facing an addiction and a diagnosable mental health condition, it’s incredibly important to address both issues at the same time for true healing. Addressing one but not the other is almost like putting out only half of a campfire. Eventually everything will be ablaze again.
That’s why “Co-Occurring Disorder” treatment facilities exist. They have the staff and experience to address both concerns at the same time. This maximizes the chances of lasting recovery. Make no mistake, recovering from mental illness, substance use disorders, or both combined is no easy feat. But it IS possible.
Mental Health in the US
According to NAMI, the following is true about mental illness in the US:
- 19.1% of adults experienced mental illness in 2018
- 3.7% of adults experienced a co-occurring substance use disorder and mental illness in 2018
- In other words, 19.3% of adults with mental illness also experienced a substance use disorder in 2018 (1 out of 5)
- Mental illness and substance use disorders are involved in 1 out of every 8 emergency department visits by an adult
- 43.3% of adults with mental illness received treatment in 2018
- 51% of adults with co-occuring disorders received some form of treatment in 2017 (source)
- Only 8.3% of adults with co-occuring disorders received treatment for both mental illness and substance use in 2017
Truthfully, 8.3% is much too low. If we want to see people’s lives improve, we need to provide co-occurring disorder treatment to people who need it. If you’re interesting in learning about top-quality treatment facilities for co-occurring disorders, you can call us at Never Alone Recovery. We can’t diagnose you, but we can let you know what options for treatment exist and which are covered by your insurance.
Mental Health Resources
Here are resources that are available for people struggling with mental illness and other life threatening situations. Never Alone Recovery isn’t associated with any of these resources, but we hope you will use them if you need them. We’re listing them here for your convenience. They are all nationwide and available 24/7 unless noted.
24/7 National (US) Hotlines
- United Way Resource Line: 211
- Suicide Prevention Hotline: 1-800-273-8255 (TALK)
- Crisis Textline: text CONNECT to 741741
- Veteran’s Crisis Line: 1-800-273-8255 (Press 1) or text 838255
- Veteran’s Readjustment Support Line: 1-877-927-8387 (WAR-VETS)
- Sexual Assault Hotline: 1-800-656-4673 (HOPE)
- Military Member Sexual Assault Hotline: 1-877-995-5247
- Disaster Distress Helpline: 1-800-985-5990 or text TalkWithUs to 66746
- Child Abuse Hotline: 1-800-422-4453 (1-800-4-A-CHILD)
- Elder Abuse Resource Hotline: 1-800-677-1116 (M-F 8am to 5pm EST)
- Domestic Violence Hotline: 1-800-799-7233 (SAFE) or text
- Dating Abuse Hotline: 1-866-331-9474
- Human Trafficking Hotline: 1-888-373-7888 or text HELP to 233733
- National Runaway Safeline: 1-800-786-2929 (RUNAWAY)
- Trevor Project (LGBT Youth Helpline): 1-866-488-7386 or text START to 678678
- LGBT National Helpline: 1-888-843-4564 (limited hours; see website)
- Pregnancy Loss & Abortion Support Helpline: 1-866-482-5433 (LIFE)