Substance Use Disorder Treatment in Northampton, MA

Written by: Sarah A. Benton LMHC, LPC, LCPC, AADC

May is Mental Health Awareness Month, and while many people hear or read references to it, who does it apply to? It can be easy to dismiss for those who may not have, or acknowledge that they have, a mental health condition. However, in the general U.S. population, 52.9 million people, or 21 percent, have a diagnosed mental health condition.

The Prevalence of Mental Health Conditions in the U.S.

According to the National Survey on Drug Use and Health, half of all individuals with substance use disorders (SUD) also have co-occurring “mild to moderate” mental illness—which amounts to over 17 million U.S. adults. Additionally, 5.7 million individuals have “serious mental illness” and a co-occurring SUD.

The Importance of Mental Health for Everyone

This month is relevant for everyone because mental health is just as important as physical health but is more often overlooked. What is unique about having mental health issues is that the very filter, our brains, that assesses our state of mind is the thing that is afflicted. This differs from medical conditions in that physical pain, discomfort and diagnosis can be objectively viewed by individuals as the afflicted body part or organ is not always their brain. Mental health is something that can be addressed and maintained in order to prevent issues or to address existing conditions. This month asks individuals to increase their awareness of their own mental health, which can include mood, sleep, wellness activities, functioning, focus, and social functioning.

Understanding Emotional Sobriety

The term “emotional sobriety” was explored by Tian Dayton in her book Emotional Sobriety: From Relationship Trauma to Resilience and Balance and can be likened to mental health recovery. In fact, according to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), 66.5 percent of individuals with mental health issues consider themselves to be “in recovery.” Emotional sobriety can include the ability to:

  • Regulate emotions
  • Manage mood symptoms
  • Minimize the use of other addictive or compulsive behaviors (e.g., food, spending, sex)
  • Hold a healthy perspective on life circumstances
  • Bring their mind into the present moment
  • Moderate activity levels
  • Maintain social and intimate connections
  • Take responsibility for actions and avoid falling into a victim role
  • Own and process emotions
  • Have resiliency in returning to a balanced mental and physical state

The Impact of Technology on Mental Health

Another important component of mental health is what individuals “feed” their minds. We live in a world that often centers around technology and a rapid exchange of information. This is a time to evaluate what is allowed into one’s consciousness. Some questions to ask are:

  • Do you feel worse after viewing or listening to certain technology?
  • Do you have a hard time stopping the use of certain technology?
  • Are you checking certain technology constantly?
  • Do you need to have some form of digital entertainment and struggle to manage downtime or silence?
  • Does what you view online impact your mood?

Practicing Digital Mindfulness

These questions are meant to prompt digital mindfulness and to create some reasonable goals there is notable impact in any of these area. Hopefully, the month of May will bloom a spring of new beginnings and internal growth…for everyone!

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