A report published by the National Institute on Drug Abuse suggests that there is a reason why people with mental disorders are up to twice as likely to develop substance abuse disorders:
- Certain drugs can cause individuals to suffer one or more symptoms of another mental illness.
- Drug use disorders and mental illnesses are caused by overlapping factors; genetic, deficits and otherwise.
- Mental illness may precipitate, exacerbate or hasten substance abuse. An individual suffering symptoms of a mental illness is likely to attempt to self-medicate.
More often than not, people with mental health disorders either seek clinical medication or self-medicate with drugs and alcohol. People that acquire prescriptions for their condition are less likely to develop abuse disorders, but conversely, often the medications that they get access to have a high abuse potential, creating great risk.
People that self-medicate for their mental illnesses often start young, and the use of drugs or alcohol is now this way to ‘escape’ becomes an essential part of their life.
The reverse order can also be true, in which a mental disorder is caused or exacerbated by the use of drugs or alcohol. For example, some common pairings:
- A study found that cocaine use can cause paranoia and anxiety
- Alcohol and its relation to antisocial personality disorder or depression
- PTSD and opioid abuse
The Bottom Line
As the addiction treatment community begins to realize that addiction is itself a mental disorder, the relationship between substance abuse and mental disorders becomes more complicated. The greater treatment community largely lacks a proper understanding of dual diagnosed conditions, making for more situations going untreated in people’s lives, or having them not treated or diagnosed at all. Our dual diagnosis treatment center in West Palm Beach, Florida is one of the top facilities that employ the proper professionals trained to help treat these very co-occurring disorders concurrently. This type of tandem treatment provides some of the best success rates for individuals struggling from this comorbidity.
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