What Co-Occurring Mental Health Disorders Are Common With Addiction?

Once you begin your recovery by working with a qualified therapist and seeking treatment for substance abuse, you may discover underlying issues that exacerbated your addiction. You are not alone. According to a recent study conducted by SAMHSA, 7.9 million people had both a mental disorder and substance use disorder. A mental disorder diagnosis may seem as straight-forward as depression. However, diagnosing mental health disorders is complex and requires years of training. Still misdiagnoses occur, can result in danger and even death. Proper diagnosis is crucial to a full recovery from addictions.  

Studies show people with mental health disorders are more likely to become alcoholics or drug addicts than those without mental health issues. Common mental health disorders associated with addiction include: post-traumatic stress disorder, antisocial personality disorder, schizophrenia, anxiety disorders and depression. Practitioners can use the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM) as a reference for diagnosis. The DSM is produced by the American Psychiatric Association. Differences in opinion, and controversy occur among professionals regarding categories of mental health disorders in the DSM. Regardless, finding the right therapist needs to be your focus.

Studies indicate people with schizophrenia tend to abuse marijuana more than other substances, though other addictions also occur. The reason for this is not known at this time. Antisocial personality disorder (ASPD) is widely linked to alcoholism, according to the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism. Addiction to drugs also has a negative effect on people with ASPD and can lead to criminal behavior if not treated. Symptomatic signs of ASPD include a disregard for others and their rights, and violence. Anxiety disorder is common to both drug addiction and alcoholism, as is depression and PTSD.

Being diagnosed with a co-occurring or dual-diagnosis mental health disorder can feel overwhelming. “What a drag! I gave up drinking, and now I have this other thing to deal with! I can’t get a break!” Don’t despair. You can get better with treatment, time, patience and intention. Learning all you can about your diagnosis is an excellent way to regain your equilibrium. Though there is no same-day service in recovery, the more you work at it, the greater the rewards.

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