Mental health treatments can make it easier for individuals recovering from substance use disorder (SUD) to find acceptance and motivation for positive long-term changes. According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), in 2019, 1.4% of all adults in America had co-occurring mental health disorders and SUD.
People who struggle with SUD often experience depression and mental illnesses as side effects or symptoms of their conditions, making the diagnosis of a separate mental health disorder challenging. The expert clinicians at Twilight Recovery Center use a comprehensive admissions assessment to identify undiagnosed mental health issues and ensure guests get the treatment they need to heal.
What Is Mental Health Treatment?
Mental health treatment uses psychotherapy, behavioral modification, prescription medication, and psychiatry to help individuals manage symptoms and work through issues that cause them emotional and mental distress. Rehabilitation programs incorporate mental health treatment as a part of treatment for SUD and co-occurring conditions.
The mental health disorders we currently treat at Twilight Recovery Center include:
- Bipolar disorder
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Borderline personality disorder (BPD)
- Narcissistic personality disorder
- Dissociative personality disorder (DPD)
- Paranoid personality disorder
- Other personality disorders
- Eating Disorders
- Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)
- Generalized anxiety disorder (GAD)
- Social anxiety
Mental health can be affected by current and past physical or cognitive disorders. Mental health treatments usually focus on emotional health and safety. However, most rehabilitation facilities also offer dual diagnosis treatment, including medication-assisted treatment (MAT) to manage detox and physical withdrawal symptoms.
Mental health treatment has many long-term health benefits, including:
- Lower stress levels
- Decreased risk of developing additional mental health issues
- Increased self-efficacy
- Mood stabilization
- Healthier interpersonal relationships
- Better communication and social skills
- Increased self-esteem, self-awareness, and self-confidence
- Decreased impact of chronic symptoms like pain or anxiety
- Increased positivity and happiness
8 Common Types of Mental Health Treatment
The therapeutic methods used to treat mental health disorders often focus on specific areas of improvement. However, in many cases, aspects of multiple therapies are combined to create a personalized treatment that accommodates personal preferences. Below are eight common types of mental health treatments used to help people recover from SUD.
#1. Behavioral Modification
Behavioral modification uses biofeedback and positive or negative reinforcement to reduce or eliminate maladaptive thought patterns or behaviors, including substance misuse. Therapists tailor feedback and reinforcements to the individual, using personalized motivators to help you make positive changes. Examples of techniques used in behavioral modification include:
- Positive and negative reinforcement
- Systematic desensitization
- Aversion therapy
Psychotherapy, also called talk therapy, is the most common type of mental health treatment and involves guided discussions about motivations, goals, emotions, thoughts, past events, and current circumstances. Examples of psychotherapy methods include:
- Behavior therapy
- Cognitive therapy
- Humanistic therapy
- Integrative and holistic therapy
#3. Experiential Therapy
Experiential therapies help people reprocess traumatic experiences, memories, and thoughts by reliving them using various expressive techniques. Common experiential therapies include:
- Adventure therapy
- Eye-movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR)
- Equine therapy
- Art and music therapy
- Nature-based therapies
- Activity therapy
#4. Exposure and Response Prevention
Exposure and response prevention (ERP) is a therapeutic method that allows people to become comfortable with an item, object, or concept they fear through gradually increased exposure in a controlled and safe environment.
#5. Anger Management
Many people in rehabilitation programs struggle with anger and frustration. If left untreated, these feelings can interfere with recovery. Anger management teaches essential coping skills and avoidance strategies to help people maintain emotional stability in upsetting situations.
#6. Acceptance and Commitment Therapy
This therapy to long-term change are essential to achieving and maintaining sobriety. Acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT) uses various methods to motivate and inspire lasting change. Benefits of ACT include:
- Acceptance of consequences related to substance misuse
- Increased mindfulness and self-awareness
- More focused commitment to change
#7. Equine Therapy
Equine therapy uses interactions with horses to encourage positive behavioral changes and self-growth. Typical activities include walking, grooming, and observing horses under the guidance of a trained equine therapist. Watching how horses react to various situations and interactions can increase self-awareness and help some people learn to identify, regulate, and process emotions.
#8. Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy (REBT)
Rational emotive behavior therapy reveals irrational beliefs that might cause maladaptive behaviors and thought patterns. REBT focuses on countering these irrational beliefs in safe and healthy ways.
Aftercare and Mental Health
Twilight Recovery Center includes comprehensive alumni and aftercare services for guests who complete our program. Your mental health is essential to long-term sobriety. Aftercare services you can use to maintain your mental health include:
- Referrals to local doctors and therapists
- Assistance in locating community-based resources
- Information about online and in-person self-help groups
You have access to all the resources you need to create sustainable changes and heal from the effects of mental health disorders.