• Ryan Mekota, Psy.D.

Ask us: My daughter is currently struggling with alcohol abuse and depression. What is the best way

Addiction effects more than just the person struggling; often times family and friends are also effected. 1 out of 5 adults in the U.S. suffers with an addiction problem during their lifetime. Ohio, shockingly, leads the nation in accidental drug overdoses. We know that addiction seldom exists alone. For example, more than 75% of individuals with alcohol dependency also have a mental health problem such as depression or anxiety. The rates of mental illness and other drug addiction are similarly high.

A comprehensive approach to addiction treatment is essential for long-term success. Treatment that addresses both addiction and mental health issues have consistently shown the greatest success. Effective treatment may include individual and/or group therapy, community support such as AA or SMART Recovery, and psychiatric medication. Treatment should be individualized because each person’s needs are unique. Finally, effective treatment needs to include specific skills that prevent future relapses. Research has shown promising results when these skill are used in combination with 12 Step or community support programs.

I work with a highly trained group of professionals to treat mental health and addiction recovery problems at PBHS. Our Intensive Outpatient Program provides a comprehensive assessment and treatment plan tailored to the needs of each individual. We address the mental health and addiction problems simultaneously so one does not cause a relapse of the other. If you or someone you love is struggling with these issues, please contact us and we will schedule an assessment within 24 hours of your call.

-Dr. Ryan Mekota

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