Drug Addiction and Mental Health
The combination of addiction and another mental disorder, commonly referred to as a “co-occurring disorder,” is more prevalent than one might think. According to SAMHSA (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration), nearly 8 million Americans were diagnosed with co-occurring disorders in 2014 alone.
Education is the first step toward helping yourself or a family member deal with mental health issues, especially when they might co-occur with drug or alcohol addiction.
Mental Health and Addiction FAQ
Before getting into the types of mental health disorders that commonly co-occur with substance abuse, let’s take a look at three frequently asked questions about mental illness. Click on any of the following questions to see our answer.
There’s a big difference between occasional feelings of sadness, emptiness and loneliness and a full-blown depressive disorder. We’re here to clear the confusion and help you assess your situation.
We’ve put together a 14-question assessment that you can take right now to determine if the depressed feelings you’re experiencing right now are a cause for concern, or if they will likely pass without the need for clinical intervention.
Start the assessment now to see if you should seek help for depression.
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“I wish that people could understand that
the brain is the most important organ in your body.
Just because you can’t see it like you could see a broken bone doesn’t mean it’s not as detrimental and devastating to a family or an individual.”
Common Co-Occurring Disorders
Co-occurring disorders, also referred to as dual diagnosis, describe when a person is struggling with more than one mental disorder at the same time. It is especially common among people who suffer from addiction. Several studies have found that more than 50 people of people struggling with addiction are also suffering from another mental disorder. Due to the extensive number of mental disorders, there are countless combinations of co-occurring disorders.
Click on any of the disorder names in order to learn more:
Other Co-occurring Disorders Frequently Asked Questions
Likely due to the wide range of mental health disorders, we hear a litany of questions on these issues, especially as they relate to substance abuse. See our answers to some of the most frequently asked questions about mental health and addiction concerns: