The Link Between Mental Health and Drug Addiction

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All of the information on this page has been reviewed and fact-checked by an addiction expert.

All of the information on this page has been reviewed and fact-checked by an addiction expert.

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The Correlation Between Mental Health And Drug Addiction

Many people know how the breakdown of mental health can lead to numerous problems. Some of these include depression, stress, anxiety, uncontrolled anger or fear, the proficiency to do nothing, and many more.

While some people face these problems head-on by looking for the right solution, most tend to ignore this or run away from it. This can make the crises worse and increase the mental toll that one’s already confronting.

These things, in turn, cause people to start taking on alcohol, drugs, and addictive substances that (they think) will make the stress and tension go away.

But as the old saying goes, “Everything comes at a cost in this world”, this also comes with a great cost to pay. While consuming addictive substances and drugs might seem like it’s bringing about great changes in one’s body and mind, it actually alters an individual in ways that others can notice, if not that person himself.

Some changes that a person might go through in substance use addiction are:

Physical Changes-

  • Abrupt weight gain or weight loss.
  • Swollen and bloodshot eyes.
  • Weird smell from the mouth or body.

Behavioral Changes-

  • Change of pace at work or school.
  • Frequent anger issues and constantly getting into fights, arguments, etc.
  • The sudden appearance of fearfulness or anxiousness.

Social Changes-

  • Needing additional financial support from others.

How To Take Care Of Mental Health

While alcohol, drugs, and addictive substances might seem like the only way to get out of this dilemma, there are a ton of other ways to get back to how you were. This starts from taking care of your mental health.

Recovering your mental health back to normal would be the only way you can stop yourself from getting persuaded to consume addictive substances. Extensive care of your mental health is a must and coming up with a plan to tackle a situation such as this would be quite beneficial for the recovery of your mental health.

Therefore, 4 ways to take care of your mental health are:

Do Something That You Enjoy

A lot of people with distorted mental health begin to lose confidence in themselves and go absolutely blank. So, the best way to get your confidence back would be to do something you really enjoy. It’s even better if it’s something you’re good at too.

Keep your head on the things that you really enjoy and keep all your concerns aside. Focusing on good things in life sets us in motion and it’s the instant solution to boredom as well as bothers.

Recharge Yourself

Exercise. Exercise. And exercise!

Working your body and brain with exercises like cycling, running, and dancing can boost your self-esteem. It also keeps you fit and recharged for the day.

Exercising can also help you get back to being active and healthy. So, this is a must for your physical and mental health.

Catch Up On Your Sleep

Sleeping is the best way to feel comfortable and relax your whole body. Never miss out on your sleep because of your school assignments, personal life, or even work life. Resting your body and mind will put you at ease and help you stay focused on your life goals.

While sleep time differs from person to person, it’s advised that one should nap for 7-8 hours a day to stay healthy. Following a certain number of hours of sleep will also keep you productive and enthusiastic for the entire day.

You’re Not Alone

Never forget that you’re not alone and can ask for help whenever needed. You don’t need to keep yourself constrained and stop speaking to people.

Go ahead and enjoy your life like an ordinary person. Share your thoughts and feelings with your dear ones. There might be hiccups on the way, and you might feel frustrated, but you can only take a break and commence again. People will lend a helping hand to you, and feel free to take it when you don’t feel great. Babble out your anger and frustration like a normal person, and keep going.

Keeping up with Your Mental Health Can Have Positive Impacts on Your Sobriety

Dealing with mental health might sound unrelentingly difficult, but with correct guidance and help from the people around you, you’ll be fine and ready to go. Don’t forget to take good care of yourself.

Don’t be scared to express yourself and your worries to others. And don’t forget that it’s never too late to initiate change. 

Originally Published: 1/6/202

Last Update: 1/25/2023

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Susana is a recovery, mental health, and addiction education enthusiast with 8 years of experience in addiction recovery herself. Susana holds a Bachelor of Arts from the GCU College of Theology. She is anti-addiction stigma and believes accurate and factual information is essential to beginning the recovery process.
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Lionel, a Licensed Independent Substance Abuse Counselor (LISAC) with over 4 years at Cornerstone. Passionate about helping those with addiction, he has trained as an EMDR therapist  adopting a trauma-informed approach to treat the underlying issues of addiction, providing an empathetic approach to addiction.

Articles written prior to August 2023 were also clinically reviewed by Karen Williams, LPC 

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