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Can mental health play a role in substance use disorders?

Mental health and addiction are often related. Many people who struggle with addiction also have co-occurring mental health conditions, such as depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, or post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). In fact, the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) estimates that about half of people who have a substance use disorder also have a co-occurring mental health condition.

There are several factors that contribute to the overlap between mental health and addiction, including genetic and environmental factors, as well as the impact of drug and alcohol use on the brain. For example, some people may use drugs or alcohol to self-medicate symptoms of depression or anxiety, while others may develop depression or anxiety as a result of their substance use.

It's important to address both mental health and addiction in order to achieve and maintain recovery. Treatment for co-occurring disorders may involve a combination of medication, therapy, support groups, and other types of treatment, depending on the individual's needs and preferences.

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