Create Recovery Center

GET HELP NOW: 855.508.0143

GET HELP NOW: 855.508.0143

On October 10th, we observe World Mental Health Day. It’s a time to raise awareness about mental health issues and push towards a better foundation. Mental health disorders and illnesses continue to plague millions of people around the globe. Today’s the day where we work together to make a difference for the future.


Another issue that continues to affect millions of people is drug addiction. What many people don’t realize is that addiction is considered a mental illness (substance use disorder). On this day, we look at some of the signs of addiction and ways to help those struggling with mental health or addiction.


When someone is struggling with an addiction, things can quickly go south. An addiction can completely take over a person’s life and can drastically change their behavior (negatively). This is why it’s especially important to get help before it’s too late. It’s important to be informed and aware of the dangers of addiction and mental health, this is the goal of World Mental Health Day. 


Types of Mental Illnesses

There are a number of different mental health disorders. These disorders have the potential to completely change a person’s thinking processes, mood, and overall behavior. Here are a few of the most common types of mental health disorders:


  • Schizophrenia
  • Bipolar disorder
  • Bipolar disorder
  • Anxiety disorder
  • Substance abuse disorder
  • Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD)
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
  • Attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)


It’s important to know that each of these has its own symptoms and vary in severity. No matter how bad things may get, it’s important to know that you are not alone. A person should never be afraid to reach out for help, no matter the circumstance. Having a supportive foundation and the motivation to get help can go a long way. 


Another problem that plagues many people is the vicious cycle of drug addiction and mental illness. A co-occurring disorder occurs when a person is struggling with both a mental illness and drug addiction. These two conditions can begin to feed off each other (which tends to worsen the symptoms of both disorders). Co-occurring disorders typically require intensive treatment (residential treatment is common). 


Addiction as a Mental Health Disease

What many people might not realize is that addiction is considered a mental health disease. Drug and alcohol addiction has its many physical effects but it also has a huge impact on the mind. When someone is addicted to a substance, their typical desires and priorities change. Their behavior and overall thought processes shift to something else. 


Addiction can break relationships and tarnish a person’s goals and dreams. A person may become entirely dependent on a particular drug. They may spend much of their time trying to acquire the drug all while experiencing a number of mental and physical symptoms. Addiction of any kind is considered a mental health disease and should be taken seriously to avoid further consequences. 


A Closer Look at Substance Use Disorder

Drug addiction is also referred to as substance use disorder (SUD). People suffering from substance use disorder are dependent on a particular drug and have lost control over their drug use. This can cause a number of negative effects on your mind, body, and those around you. Millions of people suffer from substance use disorder and it’s important to know its significance on World Mental Health Day. 


Commonly abused drugs include:


Each of these can affect a person’s mind drastically. It is not uncommon for people who abuse drugs to experience depression, anxiety, and suicidal thoughts. Unfortunately, many people tend to turn to drugs or alcohol to self-medicate when they are struggling with stress or another mental illness. If you notice someone struggling with addiction or mental illness, Create Recovery may be able to help.


Signs and Symptoms of Substance Use Disorder (SUD)

As we continue to raise awareness during World Mental Health Day, it’s crucial to know the telling signs of a possible condition. In this case, we’ll be looking at substance use disorder and some of the red flags that can indicate an addiction. While each drug will have its own symptoms and effects, there are some general behavioral signs that can indicate a deeper issue. Common signs of possible substance use disorder include the following: 


  • Having problems at school or at work
  • Neglect of hygiene and overall appearance
  • Psychical changes like lowered motivation, weight loss, red eyes, etc.
  • Constant financial issues (or spending money on drugs, asking to borrow money, etc.)
  • Changes in behavior (secretive, feelings of guilt, or changes in behavior around family members)


Over time, a person’s behavior and even physical looks can change dramatically. If you notice any of these signs in a loved one or friend, they may be struggling with an addiction. As mentioned, each drug will have its own set of symptoms but there are a number of common symptoms among most drugs. Common symptoms of substance use disorder may include:


  • Anxiety
  • Coughing
  • Red eyes
  • Runny nose 
  • Trouble sleeping
  • Irregular heartbeat
  • Cold, sweating palms
  • Shaking (feet, hands, etc.)
  • Needle marks on the arm, or leg
  • Energetic and excessive talking
  • Loss of appetite and eating habits
  • Decreased coordination or slurred speech


These physical and behavioral symptoms can tell a lot about a person’s current state. It’s important to recognize these and look for help. Waiting can only do harm, some substances can lead to dangerous behavior, suicide, automobile accidents, or overdose in some cases. Don’t be afraid to reach out for help when you or a loved one is in need. 


Substance Use Disorder Statistics 

Turning to the numbers, there are a lot of alarming stats. These statistics only reiterate the need for World Mental Health Day. Raising awareness and pushing for help and change is the primary goal. There is a strong connection between mental illness and substance use disorder. Studies from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) show alarming stats that cover many ages and people. 


  • In 2018, an estimated 9.2 million adults aged 18 or older (3.7% of all adults) had both AMI (any mental illness) and at least one SUD in the past year. 
  • 3.2 million adults (1.3 percent of all adults) had co-occurring SMI (serious mental illness) and a SUD in the past year.
  • The percentages of adults who used illicit drugs in the past year were higher among those with SMI
  • Approximately 358,000 adolescents (1.5 percent of all adolescents) had a SUD and an MDE in the past year, including 288,000 adolescents (1.2 percent of all adolescents)


Young Adults and Mental Health

One of the biggest groups affected by mental illnesses is young adults. The numbers show a strong correlation between mental health disorders and drug addiction in young adults as well. Raising awareness is one of the best parts of World Mental Health Day and the numbers show something worth fighting for. 

One of the overlooked aspects of mental illness is the negative stigma associated with it. There seems to be a negative look at mental illness and how it affects people. This stigma can deter people from getting help and reinforces the false idea that there is something terribly wrong with a person going through a mental illness. 

Fortunately, over the years this stigma has started to decrease because of initiatives like World Mental Health Day. In a survey conducted by American University in 2015, nearly 85% of millennials said they’d have no problem making friends with someone with a mental illness. However, there is still work to be done. In the same study, nearly 50% of students interviewed said that people their age don’t know where to go for help or healthcare. Even though around 70% said they wouldn’t mind speaking to a therapist or counselor. 

Treating Substance Use Disorders and Addiction

Professional help is the best option for long-term sobriety and effective treatment. Sharing these treatment options and making them accessible is a vital part of World Mental Health Day. Regardless of how you got to where you are now, getting help is always an option. Rehab facilities like Create Recovery are doing their part in helping people get the treatment they need. 


Detoxification is a process that gets rid of all substances and alcohol in a person’s body. This is usually the very first step of all addiction treatment processes. Detox helps with some of the withdrawal symptoms associated with addiction and opens the door for other treatment options. Specific medication is usually used during the process. 

Therapy for Mental Illnesses and Addiction

Therapy is one of the most commonly used treatment options for both mental illnesses and addiction. Therapy helps a person understand their condition and learn to live with it. Not only that but different therapy options can help change a person’s behavior and thoughts drastically. 

Commonly used therapy options include:

  • EMDR
  • Group therapy
  • Individualized therapy
  • Cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT)
  • Dialectical behavior therapy (DBT)

Residential Treatment

Residential treatment is best for severe cases of addiction and mental health disorders. When dealing with co-occurring disorders, medical assistance, and a safe environment like a residential rehab is recommended. For more intense situations, it is crucial to have access to professionals and doctors at a moment’s notice. 

Get The Help you Deserve

World Mental Health Day is a day where we help those struggling mentally get the treatment they need. Raising awareness and helping others is what it’s all about. If you or a loved one is struggling with addiction or mental health, Create Recovery may be able to help! Contact us today to learn more about our treatment options and addiction resources. 


Share this:

Garrett Stanford
Garrett Stanford

Garrett Stanford brings years of experience working with individuals and families struggling with substance abuse and behavioral health issues. He began working in the nonprofit treatment sector for 2 years before transitioning into the private sector. Garrett has been involved in treatment since 2010, with 10+ years of experience ranging from operations, administration, admissions and addiction research.

Garrett Stanford
Garrett Stanford

Garrett Stanford brings years of experience working with individuals and families struggling with substance abuse and behavioral health issues. He began working in the nonprofit treatment sector for 2 years before transitioning into the private sector. Garrett has been involved in treatment since 2010, with 10+ years of experience ranging from operations, administration, admissions and addiction research.

124 Responses

  1. I have been absent for some time, but now I remember why I used to love this web site. Thanks, I will try and check back more frequently. How frequently you update your web site?

  2. Wow! This could be one particular of the most beneficial blogs We’ve ever arrive across on this subject. Actually Fantastic. I am also an expert in this topic therefore I can understand your effort.

  3. I used to be very pleased to seek out this net-site.I wished to thanks to your time for this glorious learn!! I undoubtedly enjoying every little bit of it and I’ve you bookmarked to check out new stuff you blog post.

  4. In the grand design of things you actually get a B- with regard to effort and hard work. Exactly where you confused me personally ended up being on the facts. You know, they say, details make or break the argument.. And that could not be much more true right here. Having said that, permit me tell you just what exactly did give good results. Your text is incredibly powerful and that is probably the reason why I am making the effort in order to opine. I do not make it a regular habit of doing that. 2nd, although I can notice the leaps in reason you come up with, I am not really convinced of how you seem to connect your ideas which produce the conclusion. For right now I shall subscribe to your point but hope in the near future you link your dots better.

  5. Incredible! This blog looks just like my old one! It’s on a entirely different subject but it has pretty much the same page layout and design. Great choice of colors!

  6. I actually wanted to type a word in order to express gratitude to you for all the pleasant techniques you are giving at this website. My rather long internet research has now been compensated with awesome ideas to share with my visitors. I would admit that many of us site visitors actually are extremely fortunate to exist in a useful website with very many outstanding individuals with interesting principles. I feel rather privileged to have discovered the web page and look forward to plenty of more excellent minutes reading here. Thanks a lot again for everything.

  7. Thank you, I’ve just been searching for information about this subject for a while and yours
    is the greatest I’ve came upon till now. But, what in regards
    to the bottom line? Are you positive about the source?

  8. I think that everything said made a great deal of sense.
    However, think about this, what if you were to write a killer post title?
    I mean, I don’t want to tell you how to run your blog, but what if you added something
    that makes people desire more? I mean World Mental Health Day | Create Recovery Center
    is kinda boring. You might look at Yahoo’s home page and watch how they create news headlines to get people to open the links.
    You might try adding a video or a related picture or two to
    get people excited about everything’ve written. Just my opinion, it could bring your posts a little bit more interesting.

  9. For the reason that the admin of this website is working, no uncertainty very rapidly it will be well-known, due to its quality

  10. Hello there! This is my first visit to your blog!

    We are a collection of volunteers and starting a new initiative in a
    community in the same niche. Your blog provided us beneficial information to work on. You have done a outstanding job!

  11. F*ckin’ awesome issues here. I’m very glad to see your article. Thank you a lot and i’m looking ahead to contact you. Will you please drop me a mail?

  12. Hey there just wanted to give you a brief heads up and let you know a few of the
    pictures aren’t loading properly. I’m not sure why
    but I think its a linking issue. I’ve tried it in two different browsers and
    both show the same outcome.

  13. I like the valuable info you supply for your articles.
    I will bookmark your blog and take a look at once more right here regularly.

    I’m somewhat sure I will learn lots of new stuff right here!

    Best of luck for the following!

  14. Hello, constantly i used to check website posts here early
    in the daylight, for the reason that i love to find out more and more.

  15. This design is incredible! You certainly know how to keep
    a reader amused. Between your wit and your videos,
    I was almost moved to start my own blog (well, almost…HaHa!) Great
    job. I really enjoyed what you had to say, and more than that,
    how you presented it. Too cool!

  16. Hello.This article was really remarkable, particularly because I was looking for thoughts on this subject last Wednesday.

  17. I wanted to create you that little bit of remark in order to give thanks again about the remarkable strategies you have featured in this article. It was simply open-handed with people like you to present unreservedly exactly what many of us might have distributed for an electronic book to earn some money for their own end, and in particular considering the fact that you might well have tried it in case you considered necessary. Those ideas as well served as the good way to fully grasp other people have similar interest similar to my personal own to realize a whole lot more concerning this problem. I’m sure there are thousands of more fun times up front for people who read carefully your blog.

  18. Wonderful beat ! I wish to apprentice even as you amend your website,
    how can i subscribe for a blog web site? The account
    helped me a acceptable deal. I were a little bit acquainted of this your broadcast provided
    brilliant transparent concept

  19. excellent points altogether, you simply won a new reader.
    What could you suggest about your submit that you simply made some days
    ago? Any sure?

  20. Great blog here! Also your site loads up very fast!
    What host are you the use of? Can I am getting your affiliate hyperlink in your host?
    I want my web site loaded up as quickly as yours lol

  21. Hmm it looks like your blog ate my first comment (it was super long) so I guess I’ll just sum it up what I submitted and say, I’m thoroughly enjoying your blog. I too am an aspiring blog blogger but I’m still new to the whole thing. Do you have any tips for inexperienced blog writers? I’d really appreciate it.

  22. Hi! Do you use Twitter? I’d like to follow you if that would be okay.
    I’m definitely enjoying your blog and look forward to new

  23. I blog frequently and I seriously appreciate your content.
    This article has truly peaked my interest. I will take
    a note of your blog and keep checking for new information about once per week.
    I opted in for your Feed as well.

  24. I all the time used to read piece of writing in news
    papers but now as I am a user of web therefore from now I am using net for posts, thanks to web.

  25. Woah! I’m really enjoying the template/theme of this website.
    It’s simple, yet effective. A lot of times it’s tough
    to get that “perfect balance” between user friendliness and appearance.
    I must say you’ve done a fantastic job with this.

    Also, the blog loads extremely fast for me on Chrome.
    Outstanding Blog!

  26. Hi, I do think this is a great web site. I stumbledupon it 😉 I am
    going to revisit once again since i have book marked it.
    Money and freedom is the best way to change, may
    you be rich and continue to guide others.

  27. Link exchange is nothing else except it is just placing the
    other person’s web site link on your page at appropriate place and other person will also do same in support of you.

  28. Hi there, You’ve performed an incredible job. I will definitely digg it and in my opinion suggest to my friends. I am sure they will be benefited from this website.

  29. Your style is so unique in comparison to other people I’ve read
    stuff from. Thanks for posting when you have the opportunity, Guess
    I will just book mark this site.

  30. Hello there, just became aware of your blog through Google, and found that it is really informative. I am going to watch out for brussels. I’ll be grateful if you continue this in future. Many people will be benefited from your writing. Cheers!|

  31. I’m not sure exactly why but this web site is loading incredibly slow for me. Is anyone else having this issue or is it a problem on my end? I’ll check back later on and see if the problem still exists.|

  32. You’ve made some really good points there. I looked on the
    web to find out more about the issue and found most people will go along
    with your views on this site.

  33. What you posted was very reasonable. But, think about this, suppose you were to create a awesome headline? I am not saying your content isn’t good, however what if you added a headline that makes people desire more? I mean BLOG_TITLE is kinda plain. You could look at Yahoo’s front page and see how they create post headlines to grab people interested. You might try adding a video or a related pic or two to get readers excited about everything’ve got to say. Just my opinion, it would bring your blog a little livelier.|

  34. Sweet blog! I found it while surfing around on Yahoo News. Do you have any suggestions on how to get listed in Yahoo News? I’ve been trying for a while but I never seem to get there! Many thanks|

  35. My family members all the time say that I am killing my time here at web, except I know I am getting know-how every day by reading thes fastidious articles.|

  36. Today, I went to the beachfront with my kids. I found a sea shell and gave it to my 4 year old daughter and said “You can hear the ocean if you put this to your ear.” She put the shell to her ear and screamed. There was a hermit crab inside and it pinched her ear. She never wants to go back! LoL I know this is completely off topic but I had to tell someone!|

  37. I was curious if you ever thought of changing the
    structure of your website? Its very well written; I love what
    youve got to say. But maybe you could a little more in the way
    of content so people could connect with it better. Youve got
    an awful lot of text for only having one or 2 images.
    Maybe you could space it out better?

  38. If you are going for best contents like me, only visit this web site all the time because it provides feature contents, thanks|

  39. I enjoy what you guys tend to be up too. Such
    clever work and reporting! Keep up the awesome works guys
    I’ve included you guys to my blogroll.

  40. Great article! This is the type of info that are supposed to be shared around the net.
    Shame on Google for now not positioning this put up upper!
    Come on over and seek advice from my web site . Thank you =)

  41. Hi! I know this is kind of off topic but I was wondering which blog platform are you using for this website?
    I’m getting sick and tired of WordPress because I’ve had issues with hackers and I’m looking at alternatives for another platform.
    I would be awesome if you could point me in the direction of a good platform.

  42. Essentia Health-Deer River Pharmacy mekanında fotoğrafları, tavsiyeleri, benzeri mekanları, kampanyaları ve daha fazlasını gör.
    Deer River, MN’da Eczane. GÜNCELLEMESİ: Gizlilik Politikamızı güncelledik.
    Tüketici Hizmetleri Gizlilik Politikamız ve Kurumsal Hizmetler Gizlilik Politikamız

  43. We are a gaggle of volunteers and opening a new scheme in our community.
    Your web site provided us with useful information to work on. You’ve performed an impressive job and our whole group
    can be thankful to you.

  44. It’s in point of fact a great and helpful piece of info. I am satisfied that you simply shared this useful information with us. Please stay us up to date like this. Thanks for sharing.

  45. What’s up everyone, it’s my first pay a visit at this web site, and piece of writing is really fruitful designed
    for me, keep up posting these articles or reviews.

  46. Hey There. I found your weblog using msn. That is a really neatly
    written article. I’ll make sure to bookmark it and return to learn more
    of your useful info. Thanks for the post.
    I’ll definitely comeback.

  47. Hmm it appears like your website ate my first comment (it was extremely long) so I guess I’ll
    just sum it up what I wrote and say, I’m thoroughly enjoying your blog.
    I as well am an aspiring blog blogger but I’m still new to the whole
    thing. Do you have any suggestions for rookie blog writers?
    I’d definitely appreciate it.

  48. I’m not sure where you’re getting your info, but good topic.
    I needs to spend some time learning much more or understanding more.
    Thanks for magnificent info I was looking for this info for my mission.

  49. I have to thank you for the efforts you’ve put in writing this blog.
    I really hope to view the same high-grade blog posts by you later
    on as well. In truth, your creative writing abilities has encouraged me to
    get my own, personal site now 😉

  50. Hi, I think your site might be having browser compatibility issues. When I look at your website in Safari, it looks fine but when opening in Internet Explorer, it has some overlapping. I just wanted to give you a quick heads up! Other then that, fantastic blog!

  51. It is actually a great and useful piece of information. I’m glad that you just shared this useful information with us. Please keep us informed like this. Thanks for sharing.

  52. новомихайловка база отдыха минеральные воды железноводск как доехать
    отель green resort hotel spa кисловодск гостиница приозерск ялта база отдыха
    сочи роза хутор отели цены зима 2018 крутой массаж отель приморье геленджик

  53. форум ессентуки гостиница станция м19
    отель парадайз абхазия тур в карпаты гостиница десна в брянске
    кубань геленджик официальный сайт санатории кисловодска на карте расположение мезмай отели и гостиницы гостевые дома

  54. ника смоленск букинг петрозаводск
    санатории челябинск санатории абхазии с лечением цены на 2021 пансионаты это
    мытищи клязьма дельфин анапа дантово ущелье где

  55. отели в адлере 2021 агат батайск гостиница
    мацеста сочи цены 2021 амра абхазия официальный отдых в тюмени
    residence hotel sports spa гисметео янгантау на 2 недели гостиница в калуге

  56. гостиница ибис в омске самоковская 3 кострома
    санаторий дон пятигорск официальный санатории сердечно сосудистого профиля бутик отель арбат 6
    гостиницы губкинский цены и адреса телефоны рэдиссон славянская гостиница москва место силы волхонское шоссе

  57. санатории сочинского района екатерининский квартал бархатные
    вешки парк отель официальный сайт зеленый мыс верхняя тура мария резорт цены
    гостиница в сортавале карелия недорого цены санаторий северная ривьера в зеленогорске гостиница вирджиния йошкар ола официальный сайт

  58. ice nut путевки солнечногорск дом отдыха сенеж
    зарайск гостиницы и отели хостел симпл санкт петербург фгку санаторий анапа
    крым мария radisson paradise адлер гостиница калифорния геленджик

  59. гостиничный комплекс история дом отдыха солнечногорский район
    валентина алушта отель европа крым алушта санаторий солнце геленджик
    отель северная корона выборг официальный сайт дом отдыха петрово дальнее отдых и оздоровление

  60. ок пицунда пансионат лето заозерное официальный сайт
    карловы вары путевка цена 2022 год гостевой дом анастасия анапа терская черноморье сочи официальный сайт
    база отдыха петушки тула санаторий светлогорск калининградской новый год отели без программы геленджик

  61. райская лагуна отдых в лермонтово 2021 цены
    гостиница полет елизово озеро банное юбилейный отель домино сходненская
    александр хаус барнаул геленджик отель alean family resort spa biarritz комплексы отдыха в мурманске с бассейном теплым

  62. отзывы о санаториях ессентуков оздоровительные санатории россии
    вилла калина судак гостиница байкал сервис северобайкальск элитные дома отдыха в подмосковье
    санаторий сосновый бор цены на 2021 год такси краснодар лоо путевка в геленджик 2022

  63. дубовая роща санаторий железноводск абхазия курорт пицунда официальный сайт
    мдмц чайка евпатория курортное отели санатории краснодара с лечением
    санаторий рябинушка грачевка официальный сайт гагра отель абаата беловодье горный алтай

  64. хостел подольский санаторий кавказ кисловодск цены
    высоцкий екатеринбург цены санаторий в гурзуфе крым талассотерапия
    морская лига green hosta грин хоста 3 санатории геленджика с лечением опорно двигательного аппарата

  65. туры в дахаб из смоленска в сентябре анапа пионерский проспект 114 в
    полный пансионат судак отели цены кисловодск рейтинг санаториев по лечению с ценами
    отели астрахани на берегу волги оранж хостел москва санаторий дон в пятигорске

  66. Having read tthis I thought iit was verey informative.
    I apreciate yoou spnding somke time aand effort to
    pput thi contentt together. I once again find myself personaloly spendiung wayy too
    muchh time both readijg and postiong comments. But sso what, it waas still worth it!

  67. hey there and thanks on your information – I have definitely picked up anything new from right here. I did alternatively expertise several technical points using this site, as I experienced to reload the web site a lot of times previous to I could get it to load properly. I have been thinking about if your web host is OK? Not that I’m complaining, however slow loading instances times will sometimes have an effect on your placement in google and could damage your high quality rating if ads and ***********|advertising|advertising|advertising and *********** with Adwords. Well I’m including this RSS to my e-mail and could look out for much more of your respective exciting content. Make sure you update this once more very soon..

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.