alcohol addiction affects a man's mental health

How Alcohol Addiction Can Impact Your Mental Health

People with mental illness often have symptoms that are difficult to manage without supportive mental health care. Many people turn to substances, including alcohol, to help them cope with the uncomfortable symptoms of their mental illness. This is called “self-medication.” Addiction to substances is common in people with mental health issues because so many people…

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What is Dual Diagnosis?

Dual diagnosis is the occurrence of substance use disorder and a mental illness simultaneously within one patient. A study by the National Survey on Drug Use and Health found that there are approximately 9.2 million Americans with a dual diagnosis. Individuals with dual diagnosis may develop either condition first. The interactions between the two conditions…