Mental illness and behavioral disorders are common in people with addiction. Sometimes addiction develops when a person begins to “self-medicate” or “numb” the effects of a mental illness. Drug and alcohol addiction can also lead to the emergence of depression and anxiety. Unresolved trauma and PTSD can manifest itself in a number of self destructive ways that include addictions, self harm and negative feelings. According to the National Association of Mental Illness (NAMI), approximately 33 percent of individuals with alcoholism and 45 percent of individuals with drug addictions have at least one serious mental illness.
Our Approach to Dual Diagnosis
NewBridge provides evaluation and assistance to our patients in overcoming these conditions, resolving the causes, and learning tools to express feelings as they occur. We provide an environment in which patients can release unhealthy emotions, teach them to practice sharing their feelings, and promote a healthy, ongoing connection with significant others that can support long term sobriety. In addition, NewBridge promotes, supports, and assists patients with self-care tools, such as nutrition, exercise, and adjunctive therapies that have been shown to help improve healthy emotions significantly.
NewBridge has expertise in a variety of evidence-based, safe methods that are tailored to the needs and expressed preferences of each patient. With such help, patients have learned to relax, experience their own strength and resilience, and reclaim their right to peace and happiness.