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At Southern Live Oak Wellness we are the premier mental health treatment provider in the Atlanta metro area, offering a comprehensive range of services aimed at improving the mental well-being of individuals. For many people, mental health issues are closely linked to substance abuse, and Southern Live Oak Wellness has a particular expertise in addressing this co-morbidity.

Grounded in a deep understanding of both mental health and substance abuse, the team at Southern Live Oak Wellness utilizes evidence-based treatments to offer the best possible outcomes for its patients. Combining compassionate care with advanced medical technologies, the clinic has gained a reputation for being a trusted and effective provider of mental health and substance use disorder (SUD) treatment in the Atlanta community. With a focus on helping individuals overcome the challenges of co-morbid disorders, Southern Live Oak Wellness is committed to providing the highest quality of care to its patients.

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What is Substance Abuse?

Substance Abuse refers to the harmful and excessive use of drugs or alcohol, leading to negative effects on an individual’s physical and mental health, social activities, and daily functioning. It can range from occasional binge drinking or drug use to chronic addiction. Substance Abuse can harm relationships, careers, and physical and mental well-being, leading to depression, anxiety, and a variety of physical health problems. It is a complex issue, often driven by factors such as genetics, environmental stressors, and mental health conditions such as anxiety and depression.

At Southern Live Oak Wellness, we understand the complexities of substance abuse as a co-morbidity for mental health treatment and offer evidence-based treatment programs to help individuals safely and effectively manage their addiction. Our highly trained professionals use the latest techniques and strategies to provide individualized counseling, group therapy, and support to individuals battling substance abuse and addiction. Our goal is to provide patients with the tools and resources they need to achieve long-term recovery and a fulfilling life.

Behavior Signs Someone Needs Inpatient Treatment for Mental Health and Substance Abuse

When it comes to mental health and substance abuse, recognizing the signs that someone needs inpatient treatment can be critical to their well-being and recovery. Here are some common behavior signs to look out for:

Severe Mood Swings

Mood swings that are extreme or happen frequently, especially if they are accompanied by intense emotions like sadness, anger, or anxiety, can be an indicator that someone needs inpatient treatment. These mood swings can also be exacerbated by substance abuse, which can make them even more dangerous.

Neglecting Responsibilities or Relationships

If an individual is neglecting important responsibilities or relationships, such as work, school, or family obligations, it may be time to seek inpatient treatment. Substance abuse as a co-morbidity to mental health issues can often lead people to de-prioritize their responsibilities, but this behavior can also be a sign of underlying mental health issues.

Isolation or Withdrawal

If someone is consistently isolating themselves or withdrawing from their social life, it is a potential sign that they need inpatient treatment. While social isolation isn’t always a sign of depression or anxiety, it can exacerbate these conditions and should be taken seriously.

Suicidal or Harmful Thoughts

Any indications of suicidal or harmful thoughts should be taken very seriously and may require inpatient treatment. These thoughts can be a sign of a life-threatening mental health condition, and immediate intervention is crucial.

Inability to Control Substance Abuse

The inability to control substance abuse, despite wanting to stop or reduce use, is a clear sign that someone needs inpatient treatment. Inpatient treatment can provide the intensive support and resources needed to address substance abuse, whether it’s a standalone issue or co-occurring with a mental health disorder.

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Physical Signs Someone Needs Inpatient Treatment for Mental Health and Substance Abuse

Inability to Control Substance Abuse

Inpatient treatment is often necessary for those who require intensive support to address their mental health and addiction issues. However, it can be challenging for individuals or their loved ones to recognize when inpatient treatment is needed. Here are some physical signs that may indicate the need for inpatient treatment for mental health with a co-morbidity of substance abuse.

Withdrawal Symptoms

Withdrawal from drugs and alcohol can cause a range of physical symptoms, depending on the substance used. Common withdrawal symptoms include sweating, tremors, nausea, vomiting, fever, and seizures. If someone experiences severe withdrawal symptoms, it can be dangerous to quit using drugs or alcohol without medical assistance. Inpatient treatment provides medically supervised detoxification to help individuals safely and comfortably withdraw from drugs or alcohol.

Changes in Sleep

Many individuals with mental health disorders and substance abuse as a co-morbidity experience significant changes in their sleeping patterns. They may struggle to fall asleep or stay asleep, and they often wake up feeling exhausted. Sleep problems can exacerbate mental health symptoms, so it’s essential to address them in an inpatient treatment program.

Neglecting Personal Hygiene

People struggling with mental health disorders and substance abuse as a co-morbidity have trouble maintaining their personal hygiene. They may neglect showering, brushing their teeth, or changing their clothes. Poor hygiene can be a symptom of depression or other mental health conditions and can worsen addiction problems.

Drastic Changes in Mood

Extreme mood swings or outbursts of anger are common among individuals with substance abuse and mental health co-morbidities. If someone experiences drastic changes in their mood that interfere with their daily functioning, it may be a sign that inpatient treatment is necessary.

Suicidal or Self-Harming Behavior

Individuals who self-harm or express suicidal thoughts or intentions need immediate help. Inpatient treatment programs offer a safe, structured environment for individuals to receive the support and resources they need to address these issues.

Different Types of Substance Abuse that is Associated with Mental Health

Substance abuse is a common co-morbidity that often occurs alongside mental health disorders. At Southern Live Oak Wellness, we believe that addressing both conditions is critical to achieving lasting recovery. Below are the main types of substance abuse co-morbidities associated with mental health issues:

  • Alcohol Abuse — Alcohol is the most commonly abused substance in the United States and can lead to a range of physical and mental health problems. Alcohol abuse can exacerbate existing mental health disorders or trigger new ones, including anxiety, depression, and bipolar disorder. Additionally, excessive alcohol use can negatively impact cognitive function and make it difficult to regulate emotions.
  • Opiod Addiction — Opioids, including prescription painkillers like OxyContin and illicit drugs like heroin, can cause physical dependence and addiction. Opioid addiction often occurs alongside depression, anxiety, and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Chronic opioid abuse can lead to a range of physical health problems as well, including liver and kidney damage.
  • Cocaine and Stimulant Abuse — Cocaine and other stimulants can cause a range of mental health problems, including paranoia, anxiety, and psychosis. Long-term stimulant abuse can also lead to heart disease and seizures.
  • Marijuana Abuse — While some individuals may use marijuana to manage symptoms of mental health disorders like anxiety or depression, excessive use of the drug can lead to a range of negative consequences. The long-term use of marijuana has been linked to memory problems, impaired cognitive function, and an increased risk of mental health disorders.
  • Prescription Drug Abuse — Prescription drug abuse can include the misuse of medications like benzodiazepines (e.g., Xanax), which are often prescribed to manage anxiety. The non-medical use of these drugs can lead to addiction and other serious health problems.

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What Our Mental Health Treatments Include

At Southern Live Oak Wellness, our mental health treatment for patients with substance abuse as a co-morbidity is comprehensive and tailored to meet individual needs. Our experienced team of mental health professionals understands the intricacies involved in dealing with co-occurring mental disorders and substance abuse. Our treatment program includes the following types of interventions:

  • Dual Diagnosis Treatment — This type of treatment is designed to address both substance abuse and mental health conditions concurrently. Our trained practitioners use evidence-based treatments to help patients understand the relationship between their two diagnoses and how to manage them.
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) — A form of talk-therapy, CBT, helps the patient develop coping mechanisms, self-regulation, and alternative thought patterns that help them manage stress, anxiety, depression, and addiction in a healthier way.
  • Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) — This type of therapy helps individuals develop skills that can be used to regulate strong emotional reactions, decrease conflict in relationships, and gain perspective on life’s challenges.
  • Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT) — This is an effective treatment for individuals with substance abuse problems and co-occurring mental health disorders. Our medical professionals use FDA-approved medications that work to reduce cravings and manage withdrawal symptoms.
  • Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) — This technique teaches individuals to stay present in the moment and cope with negative thoughts, feelings, and emotions without judgment.

Experience Our Inpatient Treatment in Atlanta, GA

At Southern Live Oak Wellness, we know that mental health and substance abuse can greatly disrupt those affected. But we are here to tell you that our residential treatment centers can help. Our experienced team is here for you, whatever your need.

Regain control of your life today at Southern Live Oak Wellness in Atlanta, Georgia. Contact us to start recovery today.


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    Southern Live Oak Wellness saved my life. The therapists genuinely care about the clients and helping them get better. Working on yourself is not easy, but the therapists help guide you and make you be able to work through whatever may be going on.

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    I can easily say that Southern Live Oak wellness saved my life. I had hit rock bottom when I first got admitted and they helped me build myself up from nothing. I have learned how to cope with things I never thought I would be able to handle.

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    Dallas, GA
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      Going to SLOW has impacted my life in ways I never thought possible. I came for help with my mental state and came out with so much more; life skills, medical advice, mental health counseling and addiction treatment. SLOW is a whole life transformation program and I highly recommend it to anyone I know!

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      When I was a part of this program, I had the most personal growth I’ve had in my entire life. All of the tech staff were willing to talk to me whenever I felt like I needed someone to talk to and the group sessions gave me multiple perspectives I never would’ve thought of from people in similar situations to me.

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      This place has changed my life. For the first time in my life I felt heard and cared about. The clinical staff is amazing. The groups are well structured. You learn a lot of different skills to help you in life this is the best mental health facility to come to.

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