Maine Dual Diagnosis Rehab Centers

Suffering from mental illness can be stressful and scary for any individual, largely because these conditions produce confusing symptoms that are not always easy to diagnose. It is easy for someone to blow off stress and anxiety as a normal part of life and they do not always realize when a serious problem has developed. It has only been in recent decades that doctors, medical researchers, and rehab centers have discovered the unique connection between mental illness and addiction. Previously, patients who suffered from both mental illness and addiction were not able to find the treatment that they needed. Today, people with mental illness should realize that they are at a higher risk of becoming addicted to drugs and alcohol, but there are specialized rehab centers available to meet their needs.

Mental Illness And Addiction Commonly Coexist

In the state of Maine, approximately 7 to 8 percent of the population has been diagnosed with clinical depression. This statistic is relatively average across the United States, but it is still important that government leaders as well as medical professionals in the state recognize the fact that these high numbers can lead to higher rates of addiction. In addition, 7 to 8 percent of the population also has suffered from severe psychological trauma or distress. These residents also are at a higher risk of becoming addicted to drugs and alcohol. Beyond the fact that there are a significant number of people suffering from mental illness in the state, there are many people who simply feel unstable or mentally unwell from time to time. During the course of a month, the residents of Maine reported feeling mentally unwell for at least 3.4 to 3.7 of those days. All of this data combined means that there is a high chance that there are plenty of people in Maine suffering from both mental illness as well as addiction.

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Recent data shows that nearly 50 percent of people who suffer from one form of mental illness or another also suffer from addiction or substance abuse issues. It is easy for people with mental illness to become addicted, because they may become reliant on alcohol or other drugs in order to make themselves feel better temporarily. Someone may start out by needing a glass of wine at night in order to relax and quickly find themselves resorting to alcohol abuse on a regular basis in order to cope with their mental issues.

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