Millions of people struggle with substance abuse, and 1 in 5 Americans will have a mental health issue in his or her lifetime. Some people have a dual diagnosis of two or more co-occurring disorders. These conditions are diseases caused by a combination of factors including biology, heredity and environmental issues that shape personality. Some people are more vulnerable than others, so it is important to understand underlying causes and develop appropriate coping skills and mechanisms. Counseling and treatment programs are ways of learning to deal with your issues.
Sovereign Health of California is a leading behavioral health provider, accredited by the Joint Commission and dually licensed for treatment of mental health, addiction and dual diagnosis.
Stigma and Denial
Some people still attach social stigma to certain diseases involving addiction and mental health. People who suspect that they have these conditions may be afraid of the stigma as well as discrimination. But without assessment, diagnosis and treatment, a person will continue to have episodes of illness that could be managed with more information, education and the right tools.
This can have serious consequences for education, employment, relationships and the overall quality of a person’s life. You may have come to this page because you are unhappy with your own behavior, but without a professional assessment, you may just blame yourself for your problems.
Being in denial is very common for people who have mental health or substance abuse issues, so if you recognize that you may have some issues that might need professional help, you have already taken an important first step toward treating and managing your condition, and getting your life under control.