Sometimes the mental issues occur first which can lead the people to use drugs or alcohol to make them feel better for the time being. Sometimes the drug abuse begins first which can lead to the development of mental and emotional problems over time. Common mental health conditions that are related to addiction include Bipolar disorder, Borderline Personality Disorder, Depression Eating Disorder, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, Generalized Anxiety Disorder, Schizophrenia, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder.
The National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER) reports that there is a precise link between mental health issues and the abuse of addictive substances. People having mental health disorders are responsible for the utilization of:
- 38 percent of alcohol
- 40 percent of cigarettes
- 44 percent of cocaine
It also reports that people who get diagnosed with a mental health issue are responsible for the consumption of the following substance at some point in their lives:
- 69 percent of alcohol
- 68 percent of cigarettes
- 84 percent of cocaine
These statistics show that there is a clear link between drug abuse and mental health issues, and any combinations can develop with its own unique group of causes and symptoms as well as its own optimal dual diagnosis interventions and treatment methods.