For Canadian Fentanyl Crisis, Psychiatric Treatment As Necessary As Addiction Treatment

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Today, addiction in an individual is rarely unaccompanied. Dual diagnosis, or co-occurring disorders, are increasingly common. Addiction and alcoholism, along with other obsessive and compulsive behaviors, are often coping mechanisms used to cope with the presence of something difficult. For example, trauma, abuse, anxiety disorders, or depression. Undiagnosed and untreated mental health disorders can leave an individual feeling overwhelmed, suffocated, and confused by their own mental states. Without a name, an understanding, or any kind of support, dealing with extreme emotions, unexplainable behaviors, or making sense of a challenging past can be too much. Upon discovering drugs and alcohol, individuals find relief in the euphoria substances can create. Whether it is a stimulant amphetamine, an analgesic opioid, or a depressant like alcohol, people find solace in the habitual abuse of substances.

Psychiatric Issues

When seeking treatment for an addiction it is essential to consider both the addiction and any underlying issues, like a co-occurring mental health disorder. Dr. Bill MacEwan spoke with CBC News about the Fentanyl crisis in Canada and the need to address psychiatric issues. He explained that half of Canadians living with a mental illness of any kind, including drug addiction, are going without treatment. “So often people have this inner pain, psychological, psychiatric difficulties from trauma or from mental illness and they’re trying treat those, or deal with those symptoms through use of drugs,” MacEwan described.

Canada is facing an opioid crisis, much like the neighboring United States and many areas around the world. As heroin continues to pose a problem for Canada’s states, fentanyl is causing overdoses almost daily. The synthetic opioid can be up to 100 times stronger than morphine and almost undetectable. Though many drug addicts are buying fentanyl as itself, those who are buying heroin are often unknowingly buying fentanyl. The substance is clear, powder like, and can be “cut” into heroin.

Aurora Recovery Center is humbly serving Canada with quality dual diagnosis treatment from the beautiful shores of Lake Winnipeg. We know it feels like the darkness will never end. Our residential treatment center is the homebase for a spectrum of care for patients with co-occurring disorders. From detox to transitional care, our goal is to light the pathway for addicts seeking lifelong recovery. If you are ready for help healing from a fentanyl addiction, call Aurora today at 844-515-STOP.

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