The Connection Between Substance Abuse & Mental Illness
Too often, substance abuse and mental illness are considered separate issues. In reality, about 16% of patients seeking help for addiction are also diagnosed with a co-occurring mental health disorder. This is called a dual diagnosis. If you have a dual diagnosis, you need dual recovery.
Substance abuse commonly worsens the symptoms of mental illness, and those diagnosed with a mental health condition often turn to substance abuse as a form of self-medication.