Addictions associated disorders treatment: Dual diagnosis
Drug addictions is a major health problem. It is amazing how addicts belittle the problem by denying its existence in their lives. The danger is, addictions associated disorders treatment may become difficult when other complications are added up. This needs everybody’s involvement and that explains why doctor Dalal Akoury MD and her team of experts from AWAREmed Health and Wellness Resource Center are very consistent in the journey of finding lasting solutions for substance abuse and other associated disorders.
Many patients are of the opinion that whenever they get sober, their addiction problem is done with. This is not true and a misleading factor in the recovery process. When addressing dual diagnosis, it cannot be business as usual. It is worth noting that effective recovery will depend heavily on the patient’s regular mental health treatment and observation, exploring effective and healthy coping mechanisms and making better decisions each time they are addressing any life challenges. And because this is not just a one-off treatment program, the following insights can be helpful for you remaining consistent and responsive to treatment.
- Identifying and managing stress and emotions
- Staying connected
- Healthy lifestyle changes
Addictions associated disorders treatment: Identifying and managing stress and emotions
Stress management – There is no doubt that at some point in life with or without substance abuse and mental health problems you will be stressed. It’s important to be equipped with healthy coping skills to enable you to overcome any stressful moments without seeking temporal relief from alcohol or drugs. With good stress management skills, you will be able to adequately handle relapse when it comes.
Identify your triggers and have an escape plan – If you’re coping with a mental disorder as well, it’s important to know all the indicators that are likely to motivate your illness to flare up. This could be necessitated by stressful events, eventful life changes including unhealthy sleeping and poor eating habits. Doctor Akoury advice that a pre-planned working plan will be ideal for the management of any eventualities.
Addictions associated disorders treatment: Staying connected
Support – You will definitely need some encouragement and guidance and you cope. A therapist or support group will be ideal to help you keep and remain focus says doctor Akoury.
Keep trail of your doctor’s instructions – There is this wrong assumption that when an addict has managed to be sober then that is the end of their addiction. This actually the beginning and so keep following all your physician’s instruction and always do make consultation with the experts from time to time before making any sudden changes.
Addictions associated disorders treatment: Healthy lifestyle changes
Relaxation techniques – This include techniques like mindfulness meditation, progressive muscle relaxation, and deep breathing can reduce symptoms of stress, anxiety, and depression, and increase feelings of relaxation and emotional well-being.
Healthy eating habits – Breakfast is essential and should be adequate. The subsequent meals also need to observe but consumed in smaller units quite frequently within the day. Remember that staying too long without eating is dangerous and can cause low blood sugar which can make you feel more stressed or anxious.
Exercise regularly and get good sleep – Exercise is very healthy as it natural reduces stress, relieves anxiety and improves your mood and outlook. In all this never deny yourself quality sleep of between 7-9 hours in the night.