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Mental health issues can be tricky to manage. Unlike many physical health issues, there isn’t a cut-and-dry way to determine whether someone’s mental health is declining.

Many people who deal with mental health issues find that drugs and alcohol numb the anxiety and pain that can come with many psychiatric and psychological diagnoses. Sadly, addiction can set in quickly when a person who deals with mental health issues begins to abuse drugs or alcohol. People who live with a mental health condition in addition to substance use disorder are known in the addiction treatment field as dual diagnosis clients.

If your loved one who has a mental health issue is dealing with addiction, it’s smart to consider an intervention to provide the help that they need. During an intervention, you and your family will work with a professional interventionist to discuss how to best present your loved ones with your concerns and ask that they get treatment. Here, we’ll discuss how mental health conditions can decline quickly, how to decide if your loved one needs an intervention, and how an intervention can serve both mental health and addiction issues at the same time.

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How Mental Health Issues Can Transition From Well-Managed Conditions To Crisis Situations

For some health conditions, like diabetes, a simple blood test can let a patient know when they need treatment. Mental health is far more difficult to gauge and understand. People who have been living with mental health conditions for years can become experts at covering up their symptoms, keeping their loved ones in the dark about their struggle until it’s too late.

Certain Circumstances May Exacerbate Mental Health Issues

There are many factors that can cause a mental health condition to go downhill quickly, including:

  • Major life changes — Any change in life — positive or negative — creates stress. Some life changes are clear stressors, such as losing a job or going through a breakup. Surprisingly, positive changes (like getting married or getting a promotion) can also cause high levels of stress that can exacerbate mental health problems.
  • Hormonal issues — It’s normal for hormones to fluctuate throughout life, and mood changes often accompany these fluctuations. For some people, changes in hormones also cause mental health issues to flare up.
  • Environmental changes — Changes in the environment can spur mental health symptoms. Seemingly innocuous changes — seasonal changes, a new roommate, etc. — as well as a big change like quarantine, moving, or working in a new office — can all cause mental health issues to increase.
  • Drug and alcohol use — Many people who live with mental health conditions self-medicate with drugs and alcohol, which can make mental health issues worse. Withdrawal symptoms may supercharge anxiety and depression, while using, in general, may interfere with medications that usually work well. Drug and alcohol use often create a cycle that’s tough to break for a person who deals with mental health issues. When their mental health symptoms get worse, they may use to feel better. Using creates a continuation of mental health issues, which further spurs the urge to use. Over time, this cycle can result in increased tolerance for their substance of choice, which can result in dangerous levels of use that may increase the risk of overdose.

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Does Your Loved One Need A Mental Health Intervention?

It can be hard to know when it’s time to intervene for your loved one who is experiencing a mental health issue.

Some signs that it’s time to talk to your family about putting an intervention together for your loved one include:

  • They’re struggling to manage their activities of daily living, such as taking their medications, attending appointments, showering regularly, and paying their bills.
  • They’re showing behavior that’s erratic and unsafe, such as inviting strangers into their homes or engaging in risky sexual behaviors.
  • They’re showing a dependence on drugs and alcohol.
  • They’re withdrawing from activities that they once enjoyed, or they’re withdrawing from social engagements.

Mental Health Interventions For Those With Substance Use Disorder

Often, mental health issues and substance use disorders go hand in hand. One of the main concerns of people who have both a mental health disorder and substance use disorder may be finding a facility that can meet both their addiction and mental health treatment needs.

Thankfully, many addiction treatment centers offer a full spectrum of mental health services, allowing clients to attack all aspects of their mental health at the same time.

If your loved one is struggling with both mental health and addiction, be sure to work closely with your professional interventionist to find a treatment facility that can meet all of your loved one’s needs. It’s likely that your loved one will object to treatment during the intervention out of fear that a rehab facility will not be able to handle their mental health issues. Letting your loved one know that you’ve done your research and found the right facility for their needs can go a long way in helping them feel comfortable in agreeing to treatment.

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Your Family Doesn’t Have To Go Through This Alone — A Professional Interventionist Can Help

At Addiction Interventions, we know how hard interventions for mental health can be, especially in a crisis. Our trained professional intervention specialists can help. If your loved one is going through a mental health crisis and is also dealing with addiction to drugs and alcohol, it’s essential that you intervene as soon as possible.

Reach out to us today to schedule a free consultation with a trained interventionist who can help you provide your loved one with the utmost support, care, and opportunity for recovery.