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Mental and Substance Use Disorders

Mental and Substance Use Disorders

Mental and substance use disorders affect people from all walks of life and all age groups. These illnesses are common, recurrent, and often serious, but they are treatable and many people do recover. Hybrid Counseling in Minnesota can assist you by administering your mental and chemical health assessment (or Rule 25), online or in-person. Learn about some of the most commonmental and substance use disorders can help people recognize their signs and to seek help.

According to SAMHSA’s 2014 National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH) (PDF | 3.4 MB) an estimated 43.6 million (18.1%) Americans ages 18 and up experienced some form of mental illness. In the past year, 20.2 million adults (8.4%) had a substance use disorder. Of these, 7.9 million people had both a mental disorder and substance use disorder, also known as co-occurring mental and substance use disorders.

Our mission is to reduce the impact of mental and substance use disorders on America’s communities. Hybrid works to prevent and treat mental and substance use disorders and provide supports for people seeking or already in recovery.

Mental Disorders
Mental disorders involve changes in thinking, mood, and/or behavior. These disorders can affect how we relate to others and make choices. Mental disorders take many different forms, with some rooted in deep levels of anxiety, extreme changes in mood, or reduced ability to focus or behave appropriately. Others involve unwanted, intrusive thoughts and some may result in auditory and visual hallucinations or false beliefs about basic aspects of reality. Reaching a level that can be formally diagnosed often depends on a reduction in a person’s ability to function as a result of the disorder.

Anxiety disorders are the most common type of mental disorders, followed by depressive disorders. Different mental disorders are more likely to begin and occur at different stages in life and are thus more prevalent in certain age groups. Lifetime anxiety disorders generally have the earliest age of first onset, most commonly around age 6. Other disorders emerge in childhood, approximately 11% of children 4 to 17 years of age (6.4 million) have been diagnosed with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) as of 2011. Schizophrenia spectrum and psychotic disorders emerge later in life, usually in early adulthood. Not all mental health issues first experienced during childhood or adolescence continue into adulthood, and not all mental health issues are first experienced before adulthood. Mental disorders can occur once, reoccur intermittently, or be more chronic in nature. Mental disorders frequently co-occur with each other and with substance use disorders. Because of this and because of variation in symptoms even within one type of disorder, individual situations and symptoms are extremely varied.

Serious Mental Illness
Serious mental illness among people ages 18 and older is defined at the federal level as having, at any time during the past year, a diagnosable mental, behavior, or emotional disorder that causes serious functional impairment that substantially interferes with or limits one or more major life activities. Serious mental illnesses include major depression, schizophrenia, and bipolar disorder, and other mental disorders that cause serious impairment. In 2014, there were an estimated 9.8 million adults (4.1%) ages 18 and up with a serious mental illness in the past year. People with serious mental illness are more likely to be unemployed, arrested, and/or face inadequate housing compared to those without mental illness.

Serious Emotional Disturbance
The term serious emotional disturbance (SED) is used to refer to children and youth who have had a diagnosable mental, behavioral, or emotional disorder in the past year, which resulted in functional impairment that substantially interferes with or limits the child’s role or functioning in family, school, or community activities. A Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) review of population-level information found that estimates of the number of children with a mental disorder range from 13 to 20%, but current national surveys do not have an indicator of SED.

Substance Use Disorders
Substance use disorders occur when the recurrent use of alcohol and/or drugs causes clinically significant impairment, including health problems, disability, and failure to meet major responsibilities at work, school, or home.

In 2014, about 21.5 million Americans ages 12 and older (8.1%) were classified with a substance use disorder in the past year. Of those, 2.6 million had problems with both alcohol and drugs, 4.5 million had problems with drugs but not alcohol, and 14.4 million had problems with alcohol only.

Co-occurring Mental and Substance Use Disorders
The coexistence of both a mental health and a substance use disorder is referred to as co-occurring disorders.

According to SAMHSA’s 2014 National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH), approximately 7.9 million adults had co-occurring disorders in 2014. During the past year, for those adults surveyed who experienced substance use disorders and any mental illness, rates were highest among adults ages 26 to 49 (42.7%). For adults with past-year serious mental illness and co-occurring substance use disorders, rates were highest among those ages 18 to 25 (35.3%) in 2014.

Learn more about co-occurring disorders and available treatment by visiting Hybrid Counseling at www.hybridcounseling.com or calling (877) 437-9399.

*Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration

Mental Health: Mind Matters | Science Museum of Minnesota

Just a reminder that the Science Museum of Minnesota’s exhibit, Mental Health: Mind Matters, will be at the museum January 6, 2019, and is included with regular admission. Here, you can experience the different affects of various mental illnesses, and learn about a subject that touches so many lives. This exhibit encourages conversation about a topic that should not be so taboo; not talking about, and avoiding treating, is only detrimental to all of us.

Please visit https://www.smm.org/mindmatters for details.

Can telemedicine impact addiction?

How is telehealth being used to fight against addiction? According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, 11.5 million people misused prescription opioids, and 116 people passed away every day due to opioid-related drug overdoses in 2016. Fast forward a year later, and the HHS declared the opioid crisis a public health emergency.

Because this epidemic raised major concerns on a federal level, it forced the HHS to strategize how to fight the issue. The organization developed the following five priorities:

  • Improve access to treatment services.
  • Better target overdose-reversing drugs.
  • Survey public health data to grasp a better understanding of the epidemic.
  • Support cutting edge research on pain and addiction.
  • Encourage and advance pain management best practices.

Health care providers across the nation are not interested in sitting around and waiting for a miracle. From a physician’s standpoint, there is a way to stop the opioid crisis and aid America back to health based on several of the priorities the HHS laid out. Telemedicine may be the solution the country is looking for.

Using telemedicine for addiction treatment
While telehealth solutions won’t replace in-person services, this technological method can act as a complementary resource to those in need. As a clinical professional working with addiction patients, it’s important to establish that relationship face to face, but telemedicine can be used to maintain and strengthen the connection between the two of you.
Logistical obstacles often impact whether your patients can reach you during times of need. If telemedicine plays a role in addiction treatment, however, you can remove such barriers like time, distance and cultural stigma to provide care as desired. Here are a few of the many benefits that telehealth plays in addiction control and therapy:

  • Privacy – Patients are often worried about the social and cultural stigma that comes with attending rehab. By offering telemedicine visits, patients don’t have to interact with office staff and other peers and can instead attend therapy sessions privately.
  • Schedule flexibility – Patients can feel like rehabilitation puts their entire life on hold, and this sentiment could be the reason that some are not willing to put forth the effort. With remote care options, however, patients find the flexibility to fit therapy sessions into their schedules.
  • Access to treatment – Driving long distances for care is taxing on time and money. If patients have remote care access available at a nearby clinic, they can reap the benefits of addiction treatment without the hassle that comes with commuting.

Partnering with a trusted telemedicine vendor
If you want to improve the addiction treatment resources at your hospital or facility, it’s time to consider telemedicine. Now more than ever, the country needs service options that cater specifically to patients’ wants and needs and can beat logistical barriers holding them back from receiving proper treatment.

For more information on our telehealth services, please contact Hybrid Counseling at (877) 437-9399

*Mar 7, 2018 / Telemedicine in the news / AMD Global Telemedicine

Chemical Dependency Assessments: Is Everything Moving Online?

The answer to that question is yes. In the majority of industries, you will see an aspect of what they do move online, or at least a version of it. From clothing sales to doctor visits each industry is desperate to harness just a little more of the online power. At Hybrid Counseling we have realized that we can reach more people this way.

  • One in three American adults have gone online to figure out a medical condition.*
  • 72% of Internet users say they looked online for health information within the past year*
  • 47% of Internet users search for information about doctors or other health professionals.*
  • 38% of Internet users search for information about hospitals and other medical facilities.*

Unfortunately, many people and companies in the mental health and especially chemical health industry have been slow to make changes in using mobile technology to increase access to services. With the growing research that treatment works and individuals in long-term recovery benefit from continued support it is important to grow and changes as well.

Calling your county to schedule an assessment a month away, or getting an assessment from a treatment program only for them to refer their program as only option compound the first challenge, getting an un biased assessment. Addiction is a disease, a complex one, it should be treated that way. One of the complex elements is time. Organizations that move toward mobile and online assessments are simplifying that complexity.

At Hybrid Counseling, we integrate in-person and online solutions for individuals and families whom substance abuse and mental health disorders affect their lives. We strive to use cutting edge research, evidence-based best practices methods and technology you help you save time and money reaching your goals for yourself or a loved one.

Our Hybrid Assessments are among our most innovative services we offer! Whether it is a requirement for court or wanting to know what treatment options are best for you or a loved one, or a treatment referral, our goal is to have your assessment ready to be sent to wherever you need within 48 hours of you calling and as soon as 1 hour after the appointment ends.  Our clinicians are independent of any treatment providers

Providers who offer mobile chemical health assessment are extremely rare, especially ones who use the highest standards of assessment and screening for substance abuse and dual disorders. We will do the assessments on your time and work hard afterwards to provide whatever other service you need to move forward.

Our assessors are all licensed clinicians in chemical dependency. Our substance abuse counselors are held to the highest standard of practice in the country. Therefore, if you are seeking an assessment for a legal concern, they will be accepted. If there is concern that for some reason they may not we will do our due diligence first and if, in the rare case where they do not, a full refund will be given.

If you are a service provider we encourage you to partner with us. If you know someone that is in need of an assessment, we would be honored to meet them, in person, or online.

Thank you for reading.

Pew Research

Telehealth, The Future is At Our Doorstep

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Written by: Evan Lieberman, LADC
A recent article in the Open Access Journal on healthcare highlights the amazing opportunities telehealth for mental health can have in opening access to mental health care. There are many advantages and applications videoconferencing and other telecommunication for mental health and chemical health clients. According to the article there is a growing body of research that has shown that telemental health is effective and increases access to care! Imagine the possibilities this  can have for the accessibility of chemical health and mental health services.