Mental Health and Substance Abuse are often times linked together. When you have both a substance abuse problem and a mental health issue such as depression, bipolar disorder, or anxiety, it is called a co-occurring disorder or co morbidity also known as dual diagnosis. Dealing with substance abuse, alcoholism, or drug addiction is never easy, and it’s even more difficult when you’re also struggling with mental health problems, but there are treatments that can help. And although substance abuse and mental health disorders like depression and anxiety are closely linked, one does not directly cause the other. They affect one another and exacerbate the symptoms of each other….simply meaning they both can get worse.

  • Alcohol or drugs are often used to self-medicate the symptoms of depression or anxiety. Unfortunately, substance abuse causes side effects and in the long run worsens the very symptoms they initially numbed or relieved.
  • Alcohol and drug abuse can increase underlying risk for mental disorders. Mental disorders are caused by a complex interplay of genetics, the environment, and other outside factors. If you are at risk for a mental disorder, drug or alcohol abuse may push you over the edge.
  • Alcohol and drug abuse can make symptoms of a mental health problem worse. Substance abuse may sharply increase symptoms of mental illness or trigger new symptoms. Alcohol and drug abuse also negatively interact with medications such as antidepressants, anti-anxiety pills, and mood stabilizers, making them less effective.

A New Direction recognizes that we all have some personal experience directly/indirectly, family members or friends who are battling with drugs & alcohol and/or mental illness. At A New Direction we know this disease does not just affect the person who’s in the throes of the addiction but it affects their family and friends as well. That’s why at A New Direction we bring counseling services to the entire family. At A New Direction we know that studies show the effectiveness in recovery when the family has support and when they are educated about the disease.

Bringing awareness is to inform and to enlighten that both drugs/alcohol and mental illness falls under the disease model. We no longer need to be ashamed or be shamed. Now is the time to make a change in a New Direction.

We WELCOME you because we know at A New Direction it takes courage, strength and determination on this road of recovery but you are NOT alone….

You MUST Dare to Take….  A NEW DIRECTION!