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About half of all Americans who are struggling with a substance use disorder are also suffering from a co-occurring mental health disorder like anxiety or depression. They also say that about 50 percent of Americans who are living with a mental health disorder are also struggling with drug or alcohol abuse or addiction.
This means that in recovery, for about half of all people working to stay sober, it is likely that the symptoms related to that co-occurring mental health issue can make it more difficult to remain clean and sober. For this reason, just as it is important in recovery to remain actively engaged with addiction treatment therapies and resources, it is just as important to proactively seek out continued treatment for the co-occurring mental health disorder.
A support system can make all the difference in a person’s addiction recovery. Support groups that focus on the specific symptoms or mental health issue can be similarly uplifting and helpful to the individual seeking support in recovery.
Depending on the issues you are facing, one or more of the following may be of help to you during outpatient treatment and/or during your transition into independent living in sobriety:
If you are the friend or family member of a gay, lesbian, bisexual, or transgender person, and you would like to connect with others in a similar situation, learn more about social outreach, and find educational resources, then Parents, Families, and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG) can help.
The more support you have in recovery, the better able you will be to manage relapse triggers as they arise. Having someone to talk to, and a safe and nonjudgmental forum to vent your concerns and frustrations as well as share your “successes,” can help you to stay on track and connected to your recovery. Additionally, you can learn from the experiences of others who have been where you are today and learned through trial and error how best to manage different issues as they arise. The stronger your support system, the stronger you will be in sobriety.