When an individual struggle with a substance use disorder (SUD) and a mental illness simultaneously, it is called dual diagnosis. According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), in any given year, at least 7-9 million people grapple with a co-occurring disorder. Moreover, 50 percent of the population suffering from an alcohol and drug addiction are also inflicted with a mental illness, such as trauma, depression, personality disorders, anxiety and depression. Read more
Don’t Settle For a Life of Mental Illness and Addiction
It is a common perception that alcohol can help reduce stress and alleviate symptoms of anxiety, such as excessive worry and anticipation of fear. However, some researchers consider it a vicious cycle in which the person craves for alcohol to relieve the anxiety developed from the withdrawal symptoms of alcohol abstinence.
According to a study published in UpToDate.com, anxiety-related disorders are likely to elevate the risk of developing substance use disorders (SUDs). At the same time, they may also affect the treatment outcome of SUDs. Conversely, SUDs may have a negative impact on the treatment outcomes for alcohol use disorders (AUDs). Probably, that is the reason why stress and anxiety are often associated with alcohol cravings and consumption, and subsequent development of AUD. Read more
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