What We Treat

Addressing Addiction, Emotional Trauma, and Mental Health Issues

Drug or alcohol misuse is usually a symptom of other underlying issues. Unaddressed emotional trauma and untreated mental health disorders are at the root of most addictions. Depression, anxiety, bipolar, and other mental health issues can lead to or exacerbate addiction. These issues then reverberate through our lives, impacting us negatively and inhibiting us from living fully. That’s why, at The Meadows Outpatient Center, we address not just substance use but the root causes, resulting in genuine, lasting recovery.

Addiction

Drugs can provide pain relief, induce euphoria, and create the potential for misuse through physical and psychological dependence. No drug user sets out to become addicted. In fact, many are set on the path to addiction by using drugs prescribed to them for legitimate medical reasons. As drugs over-activate the “reward circuit” in the brain, more of a substance is needed to get the same high. Soon, drug use begins to negatively impact physical and emotional health, career, family, and relationships until outside help is needed.

Emotional Trauma

Trauma can be a single event or a series of traumatic events repeated over time that cause an individual to become overwhelmed with painful, frightening, or loathing emotions. While we often associate trauma with military veterans or survivors of violent crime, over the last few years, the definition of psychological trauma has been broadened to include physical abuse, sexual abuse, and verbal abuse. Even weather can cause trauma, in the form of hurricanes, fires, and tornadoes. No matter the source, the negative impact can be deep and lasting.

Dual Diagnosis

Addiction often occurs in tandem with emotional trauma and mental health disorders like depression, anxiety, or post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Substance abuse may be brought on or exacerbated by trauma or it may cause depression. Substances like drugs or alcohol may be used to numb pain or sadness caused by the disorder. Whether co-occurring disorders precede or are precipitated by substance abuse, it’s just as necessary to address these issues as it is to address the addiction itself.

Mental Health

Prolonged depression, anxiety, bipolar, PTSD, and other mental health disorders can be debilitating. If left untreated, mental health issues can seriously impact the quality of an individual’s life, affecting their ability to work, parent, socialize, and maintain relationships. Too often, substance abuse treatment is focused solely on that issue without looking at the underlying causes or contributing factors. But it’s impossible to be completely healthy without addressing physical, emotional, and mental health.

Sexual Addiction

Sex is part of a normal, healthy life, but when sexual activities or thoughts become consuming or habit-forming, it crosses the line into addiction. Sex addicts will continue to engage in sexual behavior despite financial problems, potential arrest, health risks, or broken relationships. Sexual addicts experience tremendous amounts of guilt and shame over their behavior because they feel they are not in control and live in constant fear of being discovered. As a result, they use inappropriate sexual behavior to block out the very pain of their addiction.

Young Adults

The transition to adulthood can be difficult, especially for those struggling with unresolved emotional trauma, addiction, or mental health issues. The pressures of modern life with its 24-7 social scene and high stress conspire to make these problems worse. What’s needed is a safe and nurturing community where young adults can face their issues with professional guidance from a team who understands the unique factors at play for this specific population. Young adults develop the tools necessary to face the future and their own feelings.

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