How Substance Abuse Can Affect Mental Health in New York City

Many people who abuse drugs or alcohol have at least one type of mental illness. This is why treatment for the underlying mental illness is so important. Almost a third of people who are diagnosed with a mental illness also have substance abuse problems.

Dealing with a mental health problem is not easy, especially when the patient also has a substance abuse problem with drugs or alcohol. These issues can become a vicious cycle, each factor making the other factors worse and worse unless the person seeks medical help to control both their addiction and their psychological issues. If the mental health issue is not treated, and the person self-medicates with alcohol or drugs, the cycle is likely to continue until something tragic happens.

But there is help. Let’s talk about how to handle any psychological or addiction issues right here in New York City. You can receive from an experienced nurse practitioner who makes house calls.

How Mental Health and Substance Abuse Can Be Related

If you feel like your life is out of control and you may have an addiction disorder, your medical provider will ask you several questions to get to the root of the issue. These questions may include:

  • Do you use drugs or alcohol as a way to cope with unpleasant feelings, memories, or external stimuli?
  • Have you ever noticed or felt a correlation between your substance abuse and your mental health? Or how you feel psychologically?
  • Do you tend to feel worse the next day emotionally and mentally?
  • Do you feel signs of depression or anxiety when you’re sober?
  • Is there a history of abuse or unresolved trauma?

Treating Substance Abuse Before It Affects Your Mental Health

A person can begin to develop a mental health issue as a result of substance addiction, whether to alcohol, illegal drugs, or even prescription drugs such as opioids. The person may not realize it’s happening until their lives unravel. Be it a job or relationship.

If this is happening to you, you may think that the only solution is to go to a detox center or rehab center – and you may not want to do that.

The good news is that you can detox right at home from whatever addiction you have developed, and get your mental health back to normal. A nurse practitioner can provide a medically supervised detoxification program just for you, right here in New York City. So, you never have to go anywhere! This home-based detox program usually involves both prescription medication and psychotherapy sessions. Along with the nurse practitioner in the comfort of your own home.

Medical Practitioner and Addiction Therapist in New York

You can stop this vicious cycle in its tracks with the help of nurse practitioner Dr. Raymond Zakhari. He makes house calls here in Manhattan, and he can provide the help and support you need to get your life back on track – and back to normal again.

Contact us at Metro Medical Direct today by calling (917) 484-2709 or request an appointment online, and let professional health care come to you. We look forward to hearing from you.