Whether you’re Tony Soprano complaining about his life on Dr. Melfi’s couch. Or perhaps, literally, anyone even slightly less violent, talking to someone about your problems can make all the difference in the world. Pets are great. Domestic partners and parents can be willing (up to a point). But most of the time, it’s best to stick to a trained professional. If you’re struggling with substance use disorder (or drug addiction as it’s more commonly referred to), and you’re not sure what to do, the best thing that you can do for yourself is to get the services of a drug abuse counselor.
How does drug abuse affect mental health?
As you might imagine, substance use disorder and drug abuse do absolutely nothing to improve mental health. Because of the profound impacts that intoxicating substances have on the brain’s structure, chemistry, and functioning, drugs can have an extremely disruptive effect on mental health.
Drugs alter the normal functioning of neurotransmitters in the brain, disrupting the balance of chemicals responsible for mood regulation, pleasure, motivation, and other mental processes. This disruption can lead to mood swings, altered perception, and impaired cognitive function. Prolonged drug use can lead to significant changes in the brain’s structure and function. It can affect areas responsible for decision-making, impulse control, learning, memory, and emotional regulation, leading to cognitive deficits and emotional disturbances.
Furthermore, when individuals stop using drugs, they may experience withdrawal symptoms that impact mental health. These symptoms can include anxiety, depression, irritability, insomnia, and intense cravings, contributing to emotional distress and mental instability. These are exactly the kind of symptoms that a drug abuse counselor in a Florida rehab treatment center can help treat.
Drug abuse and co-existing mental health disorders.
Drug abuse can increase susceptibility to mental health disorders such as anxiety, depression, psychosis, and personality disorders found in the DSM. The use of certain substances may trigger or exacerbate previously underlying mental health conditions. In these cases, substance abuse often coexists with, and enflames mental health disorders, leading to a complex condition known as dual diagnosis or co-occurring disorders. Both issues can exacerbate each other and make treatment more challenging. In these cases, it’s important to take advantage of a drug abuse counselor. So that you can achieve the peace and mental well-being that you can never have before entering recovery.
What is a Drug Abuse Counselor?
A drug abuse counselor, also known as a substance abuse counselor or addiction counselor, is a mental health and addiction treatment professional. One who specializes in helping individuals struggling with substance abuse or addiction issues. These counselors provide support, guidance, and therapeutic interventions to individuals, families, or groups affected by drug or alcohol abuse.
How can a Drug Abuse Counselor help?
A drug abuse counselor’s job begins after the drug detox ends. After the patient has been carefully shepherded through chemical withdrawal from drugs and alcohol, they’ll begin treatment at our West Palm Beach addiction treatment center, a drug abuse counselor conducts the necessary assessments and evaluations. So that they can understand their patients’ individual substance abuse history, and current mental health status, and help determine the severity of the addiction.
Then, at Better Tomorrow’s West Palm Beach treatment center, they collaborate with all of their patients to develop personalized treatment plans that address their specific needs, goals, and challenges related to substance abuse issues of their patients. Either in residence at our West Palm Beach location or on an outpatient basis, our drug abuse counselors will conduct individual or group therapy sessions. In order to help all of our patients when they explore underlying issues contributing to addiction. This includes developing coping strategies and learning healthier behaviors and life skills to maintain their hard-fought sobriety.
Finally, a drug abuse counselor can provide the vital education needed to understand the massive effects of substance abuse. By teaching their patients about addiction recovery principles, and relapse prevention techniques, drug abuse counselors can provide the kind of self-reinforcing support needed to sustain recovery even after our patients leave our West Palm Beach Treatment Center.
If you’re ready to see a Drug Abuse Counselor and get help now, it’s time to contact us today!
Better Tomorrow Treatment Center’s modern, evidence-based addiction care is designed to foster the personal growth needed to sustain a lifetime of recovery. Find the insight and strength required for the rewarding sober lifestyle you or your loved one deserves. If you or a loved one wants to start their recovery journey with drug treatment in Florida, in our West Palm Beach location, please contact us at (888) 653-1149, or head over to our website and scroll down to the bottom of the page and fill out our 100% confidential information form and a compassionate member of our team will reach out to you.