The Recovery at the Crossroads team is commemorating Mental Health Awareness Month this May. May is recognized nationally as Mental Health Awareness Month, providing an opportunity to raise awareness, combat stigma, and promote mental health resources. The Mental Health Awareness Month was established in 1949 to increase awareness of the importance of mental health and wellness in Americans’ lives.

Despite its prevalence, mental health remains shrouded in stigma, preventing many people from seeking help. 1 in 5 US adults experience mental illness each year and only half of them receive treatment. Early intervention and access to quality care are crucial for managing mental health conditions and improving quality of life.

What Are Co-Occurring Disorders?

Mental Health AwarenessSubstance use disorders often occur simultaneously in individuals with mental illness, usually to cope with overwhelming symptoms. Co-occurring PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder) and substance use disorder exist among roughly 40% of civilians and veterans, which is a shockingly high figure. In 2022, there were 85,266 treatment admissions and 84,437 discharges reported to the New Jersey Department of Human Services, Division of Mental Health and Addiction Services by substance use disorder treatment providers.

The combination of mental illness and substance use disorder has its own term: dual diagnosis, or co-occurring disorders. There can be many combinations of dual diagnosis and symptoms vary widely. The best treatment for dual diagnosis is integrated intervention, when a person receives care for both their diagnosed mental illness and substance use disorder. Medications are useful for treating mental illness. Certain medications can also help people experiencing substance use disorders ease withdrawal symptoms during the detoxification process. Psychotherapy is usually a large part of an effective treatment plan. In particular, cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) helps people with dual diagnosis learn how to cope and change ineffective patterns of thinking, which may increase the risk of substance use.

Contact Recovery At The Crossroads Today

Recovery at the Crossroads stands at the forefront of substance abuse programs in New Jersey, offering a holistic approach to addiction recovery in a caring and supportive environment. Our mission is to guide individuals through their unique paths to sobriety, supporting them in reclaiming their lives and rediscovering their potential.

If mental illness and substance abuse prevent you from living the life you deserve, Recovery at the Crossroads can help

Call us today at 888-342-3881 to start your journey.

May is Mental Health Awareness MonthLong-term recovery is achievable, and the team at Recovery at the Crossroads is committed to helping you every step of the way. From our Partial Hospitalization Program to our General Outpatient Addiction Treatment, our programs are designed to meet you where you are in your journey and guide you toward a future free from addiction.

Our programs are not just about overcoming substance abuse but also about equipping you with skills and resources to maintain your recovery and rebuild your life in the context of your daily activities. We provide ongoing support and follow-up services that help ensure your transition back into the community is smooth, steady, and successful.

Reach Out For Help Today

If you or your loved one is struggling with an addiction to drugs or alcohol, there is no time like the present to seek help. Call 888-342-3881 today to learn more about our addiction treatment programs in Blackwood, New Jersey and how they can help you or a loved one recover from addiction.