Often those who have mental health problems also have substance abuse problems, and getting help for just one problem is not enough.
County Behavioral Health Services now has an outpatient treatment clinic in El Centro, and we believe the clinic will go a long way toward helping those in need.
Anxiety and depression are among the problems regularly faced by Behavioral Health Services. But while someone with severe clinical depression may seek mental help, there are those suffering from depression who turn to less beneficial assistance — drugs and alcohol — to numb their pain.
Neither treating the substance abuse problem without addressing its cause nor treating the depression without breaking the cycle of substance abuse would work. We expect the clinic to be a valuable tool in not only helping people break free of drugs and alcohol, but in recognizing when those people need additional help and referring them to Behavioral Health Services.