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Substance Abuse and Mental Health

Substance abuse along with co-occuring mental health disorders represent a complex and intertwined challenge that impacts countless people throughout the world. When substance abuse intersects with mental health disorders the consequence can be severe and debilitating. Substance abuse such as drugs or alcohol often exacerbates existing mental health conditions, or may trigger the emergency of new mental health disorders. Individuals with mental health disorders may try self-medicating by turning to substances or alcohol, seeking relief for distressing symptoms.This intricate relationship between the complexities of substance abuse and co-occuring mental health disorders entails the need for more integrated, non judgmental, fair and comprehensive treatment approaches that address both aspects while fostering lasting recovery and overall well-being.

” Substance use disorder (SUD) is a treatable mental disorder that affects a person’s brain and behavior, leading to their inability to control their use of substances like legal or illegal drugs, alcohol, or medications. Symptoms can be moderate to severe, with addiction being the most severe form of SUD.”

~National Institute of Mental Health

When there are mental health disorders existing with substance abuse this becomes SUD or Substance use disorder. SUD is treatable and can affect a persons brain and behavior, which leads to their inability to control their use of substances. Treatment options for Substance Abuse Disorder may include behavioral therapies, medications, or a combination of both.



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