Addiction & Behavioral Health

Behavioral health is the scientific study of the emotions, behaviors and biology relating to a person’s mental well-being, their ability to function in every day life and their concept of self.

Addiction has many faces and facets. Below is an overview of some of the addictions facing our community today.

The coexistence of both a behavioral health and a substance use disorder is referred to as co-occurring disorders. Co-occurring disorders were previously referred to as dual diagnoses.

In many cases, people receive treatment for one disorder while the other disorder remains untreated.  

This may occur because both behavioral health and substance use disorders can have biological, psychological, and social components. Other reasons may be inadequate provider training or screening, an overlap of symptoms, or that other health issues need to be addressed first. In any case, the consequences of undiagnosed, untreated, or undertreated co-occurring disorders can lead to a higher likelihood of experiencing desperation and suicide, medical illnesses, homelessness, or incarceration.

Behavioral health is a crucial component in a conversation relating to addiction.  Stay tuned for a broadening discussion on behavioral health; what it means and resources to help.

A few eye-opening statistics

People with

behavioral health disorders

are more likely than people without mental health disorders to experience an alcohol or substance use disorder.

Teens who consistently learn about the risks of drugs from their caregivers or parents are up to

50% less likely

to use drugs than those who don’t.

Early detection, family involvement, and treatment

can improve sustained outcomes and improve the quality of life for  those who need behavioral health support.

50% of high school seniors

do not think it’s harmful to try crack or cocaine once or twice and

40% believe

it’s not harmful to use heroin once or twice.

Teens who consistently learn about the risks of drugs from their caregivers or parents are up to

50% less likely

to use drugs than those who don’t.

50% of high school seniors

do not think it’s harmful to try crack or cocaine once or twice and

40% believe

it’s not harmful to use heroin once or twice.

People with

mental health disorders

are more likely than people without mental health disorders to experience an alcohol or substance use disorder.

Early detection and treatment

can improve treatment outcomes and the quality of life for those who need these services.

Teens who consistently learn about the risks of drugs from their caregivers or parents are up to

50% less likely

to use drugs than those who don’t.

50% of high school seniors

do not think it’s harmful to try crack or cocaine once or twice and

40% believe

it’s not harmful to use heroin once or twice.

People with

mental health disorders

are more likely than people without mental health disorders to experience an alcohol or substance use disorder.

People with

mental health disorders

are more likely than people without mental health disorders to experience an alcohol or substance use disorder.

Early detection and treatment

can improve treatment outcomes and the quality of life for those who need these services.