Loved ones who are impacted by drug addiction and substance abuse can shift things out of focus. It becomes solely about the addiction, that person, their behavior, and thoughts or feelings. After a while, it begins to feel heavy. With the disease of addiction, it can be scary to think of what will happen. Mental health disorders complicate things but will get better with the right assistance.
Mental Health Disorders
Social anxiety is one condition that affects men. Even though women are often thought of as shy, men can also exhibit this trait, along with other things that are debilitating emotionally. The person may harbor irrational fears, thoughts of personal judgment, or condemnation against them, and feel they are not good enough. A man who struggles with social anxiety may suffer from other mental health conditions like panic attacks, obsessive-compulsive disorder, or depression. People who experience these issues may develop alcoholism or substance abuse. They may not suffer from addiction, but they could struggle to socialize with others, which causes them to drink so they feel they fit in with the crowd. Over time, this can lead to dependency issues.
Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) is a condition where the person feels they are locked inside their minds when it comes to behaviors they cannot stop. They relentlessly check doors, locks, windows, stoves, do compulsive behaviors a certain number of times, and are locked in this situation in their minds. Men feel a sense of responsibility to family safety so this can exacerbate the obsessive-compulsive disorder. This mental health disorder is characterized by ritualistic thoughts and behaviors and may run in families. Treatments include therapy and medication, along with treatment for existing drug abuse or alcoholism.
Men with bipolar disorder may experience drastic changes in mood, energy, and day-to-day functioning. During a depressive cycle, they may exhibit signs of depression. During this, they may not feel like doing much of anything, and may also swing into high mania where they don’t eat, sleep, or function well for a period of time. There are several treatments for bipolar disorder but no known cure. Treatment options can include:
- CBT (therapeutic work)
- Group and family therapy
- Medications for sleep
When seeking help, men often are not as vulnerable as women to ask for support. They may or may not respond to medication. A lot depends on how long they have done drugs or drank alcohol, the level of commitment to recovery, the support they receive, and any co-occurring conditions. It may be possible to manage a dual diagnosis in a healthy way, but it also means taking part in recovery and not eschewing the care that is needed.
The Last Resort provides a place for men to come and heal from addiction. We provide dual diagnosis care for mental health and addiction issues. There are more therapeutic options here than at other rehab places, including nature-based programs and equine therapy. We offer family therapy work and also encourage deeper dives into your past so you can get to the root cause of addiction. If you are ready to take the leap, contact us to get started. Call us to find out more: 512-750-6750.