Often, we think of mental disorders as causing substance use disorders. Sometimes, however, it's the drugs that cause the resulting mental condition. Mental disorders from drug use typically happen\u00a0over time. When someone abuses a class of drug such as opioids or benzodiazepine for a long period, it\u00a0causes changes to take place inside the brain. As a result, these changes\u00a0cause problems in\u00a0the way we think,\u00a0feel, and remember \u2014 the very definition of mental illness. Common Mental Disorders From Drug Use: Opioids Opioids are among the most highly addictive drugs on the market today. Unfortunately, they come in both prescription and illicit form, and they're at the root of today's opioid epidemic. Opioids kill 130 people every day in the United States. Often, deaths are accidental. They're the result of unintentionally taking too big of a dosage in too short of a time. But opioids are sneaky this way. Because your body builds up a tolerance to these drugs, you need more and more to attain the same pleasing feeling of euphoria. In other words --\u00a0if you take too much, your heart stops beating. But even if opioid drugs don't kill you, they can still leave you with a mental disorder. For example, long-term opioid abuse can lead to the following cognitive problems: \tMemory loss \tConfusion \tDepression \tInability to make decisions \tPoor judgment Sometimes, these problems go away once a person recovers from opioid use disorder. Other times, they\u00a0linger. Therefore, the best way to avoid the permanent cognitive disabilities caused by opioid addiction is to seek treatment as soon as you\u00a0realize you've lost control over the drug's\u00a0usage. Common Mental Disorders From Drug Use: Alcohol Alcohol, safe though it seems, is\u00a0one of the most difficult drugs from which to recover. Long-term alcohol use makes withdrawal extremely\u00a0uncomfortable and even painful. In fact, trying to detox from alcohol without professional medical supervision may even be fatal. For this reason, if you have a problem with alcohol, seek treatment before attempting detox. Many mental health problems link to\u00a0long-term alcohol use, including: \tDepression \tManic depression \tAnxiety \tObsessive-compulsive disorder \tSchizophrenia Alcohol is,\u00a0in effect, a neurotoxin. This means it's toxic\u00a0to the brain and central nervous system. Accordingly, it interferes with the way your brain sends and receives messages. Drinking alcohol\u00a0continuously, over years and years, can cause permanent\u00a0deterioration. Common Mental Disorders From Drug Use: Benzos Benzodiazepine, or benzos, is a depressant drug that's used to treat a variety of real medical conditions such as insomnia, panic, anxiety, and more. It works on your central nervous system to make you feel calm and relaxed. Unfortunately, it's also highly habit-forming. Mental health issues related to benzodiazepine abuse include: \tMood fluctuations \tPoor cognitive performance \tHeadaches \tAnxiety \tSleep disturbance Oddly enough, long-term abuse of benzos may cause you to experience symptoms not unlike those you had before taking the drug. If you have developed or re-developed anxiety as a result of a benzo addiction, come to Promises Five Palms for treatment. Recovery at Five Palms If you or your loved one struggles with mental disorders from drug use, Five Palms is a top-quality treatment center. Hence, we can help you heal from substance use disorder, mental health issues, or both. Our highly skilled team of physicians and care providers understand the toll that addiction takes on families and individuals. Therefore, we'll help you recover through proven, evidence-based therapies, peer support, counseling, and more. Our therapies include: \tCognitive-Behavioral Therapy \tDialectical Behavior Therapy \tTrauma Therapy \tIndividual Therapy \tGroup Therapy When you recover at Five Palms, you'll benefit from superior care and treatment. Call us today at to set up an appointment.