According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), 9.2 million adults in the United States are living with both a mental illness and a substance abuse disorder.
Our team at Klarity Clinic specializes in addiction recovery to help you end your dependence on drugs and alcohol and to improve your overall quality of life.
To ensure you receive the comprehensive care you deserve, they also offer services to address coexisting mental health issues, like anxiety and depression, that often accompany substance abuse.
The links between mental health and substance abuse
Mental health and substance abuse are intertwined in a number of ways. Many with unresolved mental health disorders turn to alcohol and recreational drug use to numb the pain and overwhelming emotions of anxiety or post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
Self-medicating your symptoms with alcohol or the misuse of prescription medications can quickly spiral out of control. The additional stressors and secrecy of substance abuse piled on top of untreated mental health issues can increase your risk for reckless behaviors, self-harm, and suicide.
Substance abuse and mental health issues also connect on another level. Even if you don’t have an existing mental health disorder, the abuse of alcohol or drugs can lead to changes in your physical changes in your brain. These changes can trigger mood disorders and mental health conditions that further complicate your addiction issues.
Dual diagnosis is a medical term used to describe having both an underlying mental health condition and substance abuse issues. Unfortunately, many people with a dual diagnosis continue to struggle with mental issues or addiction because they only receive treatment for one condition at a time.
Ketamine – a solution for treating a dual diagnosis
Ketamine is a prescription medication frequently used as an anesthetic and pain-reliever during surgery. Infusions of ketamine have also been proven effective in treating a variety of mental health issues, including those that are resistant to traditional therapeutics, as well as substance abuse issues.
Our Klarity Clinic medical team uses ketamine infusions in a controlled environment to quickly relieve symptoms of conditions like depression and anxiety. Additionally, ketamine treats substance abuse by reducing both the severity of withdrawal and your cravings for drugs and alcohol.
Ketamine works by increasing the levels of glutamate, the largest neurotransmitter in your brain. This increase helps to regulate your healthy brain function and can also stimulate the regeneration of neural connections, so your brain can heal at a cellular level.
By triggering these changes in your brain, you can effectively and safely treat a dual diagnosis with one therapy. Our Klarity Clinic specialists customize your treatment plan to your individual needs, the severity of your addiction, and the nature of your mental health condition.
Customized care for dual diagnosis
In general, a series of ketamine infusions is necessary over a two-week period to relieve your symptoms and your cravings. You may also benefit from infusions of nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide (NAD+), a coenzyme that regulates important cellular functions.
Our BR+NAD™ therapy focuses on boosting the benefits of ketamine infusions and restoring your energy levels, your immunity, and your body’s own ability to heal itself. By optimizing your health and addressing all aspects of your dual diagnosis, you can build a more solid foundation for your long-term recovery.
Find out more about ketamine infusions for treating mental health and substance abuse issues by calling the Klarity Clinic office nearest you or by booking an appointment online today.