According to statistics cited by the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), approximately half of people with severe mental disorders are affected by substance use. Read more
Although experts are not entirely sure whether depression more often precedes addiction, or addiction precedes depression, clinical depression frequently accompanies addictive behaviors. The truth, many believe, may lie somewhere in between. Read more
Many people who abuse substances are also afflicted with mental illness. When an individual is both an addict and diagnosed with a mental health problem, this individual is said to have “co-occurring disorders” or a “dual diagnosis.” Individuals with co-occurring disorders need to receive treatment for both of these problems, in a coordinated manner, in order to recover. Many substance abuse treatment providers are recognizing that dual diagnosis individuals require special attention, and are beginning to offer programs and services that are specifically designed for this high-risk group.