The ill effects of smoking have been proved by researchers time and again and people are well aware of its dangers. Still, nearly 2,100 youths who were occasional smokers turn into daily cigarette smokers, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Now, a recent study at the Columbia University Medical Center has revealed that younger smokers are more vulnerable to psychiatric and substance use disorders. Read more
Don’t Settle For a Life of Mental Illness and Addiction
Mental disorders can co-exist with the dependence on chemical substances. Chemical dependency is not a weakness, but an addiction that has adverse emotional and physical impact on an already suffering individual’s health. Chemical dependency is usually interchangeably used with substance abuse. The 2011 USA National Survey on Drug Use and Health found that 17.5 percent of adults with a mental illness had a co-occurring substance use disorder; this works out to 7.98 million Americans. Read more
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimated that 10 percent of Americans suffer from depression. According to the reports published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, around 50 percent of individuals with severe mental disorders also struggle with substance abuse, whereas 37 percent of alcohol abusers and 53 percent of drug abusers have at least one serious mental illness.
Individuals struggling with bipolar disorder are far more susceptible to substance abuse than any other clinical psychiatric disorder. Bipolar disorder most often starts during young adulthood, but also occurs in children and adolescents. The use of drugs and alcohol also usually starts during the teenage years. Read more
Dual diagnosis is a two-edged sword. Also known as co-occurring conditions, it essentially refers to a co-existing mental illness and substance-related addiction. According to numerous epidemiological studies and statistics, the fact that mental illnesses and addiction have often been closely associated cannot be denied. Statistics show that around 50 percent of psychiatric patients also battle substance abuse disorders. The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) believes this percentage amounts to an alarming figure of 8.9 million adults out of which only 7.4 percent are receiving treatment for both conditions. Read more