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How Co-Occurring Mental Illness and Substance Abuse Interlink

How Co-occurring mental illness and substance abuse interlink

The link between a co-occurring mental illness and substance abuse is incredibly strong. Surveys show that about half of all people with a severe mental health disorder are also struggling with a substance use disorder. Furthermore, well over a third of people addicted to alcohol and well over half of people addicted to drugs have at least one other…

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The Most Common Co-Occurring Disorders

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Excessive drug use and alcohol use commonly coincide with other mental health issues, such as some of the most common co-occurring disorders. Whether one came before the other is a case-by-case matter – sometimes, the onset for a mental health problem is after the addiction began; in other cases, the problem is what led to…

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The Connection Between Substance Abuse and Mental Health

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The connection between substance abuse and mental health issues can be attributed to shared risk factors, as well as the effect that either can have on the other. Substance abuse can increase the risk of a mental health issue, and vice versa. Understanding this connection is important because it plays a role in both diagnosis…

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How to Break the Cycle of Depression and Alcoholism

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Do you or a loved one struggle with depression and alcoholism? Depression and alcoholism are two of the most common mental health disorders in America. They often go hand-in-hand, with alcohol serving as an escape for those who struggle with depression. But what many people don’t realize is that there is hope! With the right…

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What are Co-occurring Disorders?

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Co-occurring disorders are described as mental health disorders that co-occur with a substance use disorder or substance addiction. Addiction is one of the greatest risk factors for a mental health disorder, and vice versa.  About a third of all people with a diagnosed mental illness, and half of the people diagnosed with a severe mental…

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