Alcohol addiction and co-occurrence of mental illnesses

Alcohol addiction and co-occurrence of mental illnesses

Alcohol abuse is a common problem among people experiencing mental illnesses and there could be various reasons behind this. They might be suffering from anxiety, impulsivity, depression or other mental illnesses that make them turn toward alcohol to find solace. Also, there are many who take to alcohol to ward off their pain or trauma.

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National Prevention Week: Decoding link between mental illnesses and addictions

National Prevention Week: Decoding link between mental illnesses and addictions

The existence of mental illness and use of addictive substances are not completely devoid of each other. In fact, mental illness and addiction are innately entwined. At times, the upheavals faced by mentally ill people force them to self-medicate by using alcohol or drugs. Abuse of drugs and alcohol to treat mental health symptoms does not help much in dealing with the illness and, in turn, gives way to a new set of maladies, which aggravates the existing mental health problems.

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Dealing with dual diagnosis-induced violence

Dealing with dual diagnosis-induced violence

Addiction impairs a person’s judgment and at times it is also associated with certain mental illnesses. According to a study by the King’s College London Institute of Psychiatry and the University of Bristol, domestic violence is more common in adults diagnosed with a mental disorder. Thus, substance abuse, mental illness and violence are intricately woven. Various studies say that “violence is not the causal effect of substance abuse, but a co-occurring disorder arising out of mental illness.” Read more