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Co-Occurring Disorders

Co-occurring mental health and substance abuse issues are more common than many people realize, and getting comprehensive care that can address both issues at the same time is crucial for an effective and successful recovery. Below are just a few of the more common mental health disorders that commonly co-occur alongside substance use. These helpful guides will detail the specific challenges posed by each, as well as some of the most effective treatment methods.

Substance Abuse and Co-Occurring ADHD


Studies have found that 1 in 6 individuals who suffer from any form of substance use disorder also meet the diagnostic criteria for ADHD. These individuals, as compared to people without substance use disorders, show a higher rate of experiencing childhood trauma, slow infantile development, and lower levels of education.

Substance Abuse and Co-Occurring Anxiety


Among the general public, anxiety disorders make up the most diagnosed mental illness with approximately 29% of all people suffering from it at some point in their life. When it comes to individuals dealing with substance use disorders, studies have indicated that 18% suffer from co-occurring anxiety disorders.

Substance Abuse and Co-Occurring Bipolar Disorder

Bipolar Disorder

Bipolar disorder is caused by genetics, so substance use will not lead to the development of this condition. But, having bipolar disorder may point to an increased risk of participating in the illicit use of drugs and alcohol.

Substance Abuse and Co-Occurring Depression


One study found that roughly 40% of individuals admitted to using drugs to diminish symptoms of depression. Similar research has investigated the impact of self-medication in teens who suffer from depression and found a large correlation between the two disorders.

Eating Disorders

Eating Disorders

There is a very high occurrence of eating disorders among those with substance abuse compared to the general population. The opposite is also true, as those who have an eating disorder are more prone to substance abuse. Find out more about the relationship between these conditions, and some effective treatment options.

Substance Abuse and Co-Occurring Gambling

Gambling Disorder

Studies have found that men and women who struggle with any sort of gambling disorder have much higher rates of both drug and alcohol use than the general public. To learn more about this connection, click the button below.

Substance Abuse and Co-Occurring Personality Disorders

Personality Disorders

Studies have shown that almost 60% of people who sought treatment for a substance abuse disorder were actually also suffering from a personality disorder. Addressing personality disorders, especially when in conjunction with substance abuse, can be extremely difficult. Click the button below to learn more.

Substance Abuse and Co-Occurring PTSD


As with many co-occurring disorders, there is not one reason why men and women who suffer from PTSD may also develop a drug or alcohol addiction. To learn more about the interplay between these issues, click the button below.

Substance Abuse and Co-Occurring Schizophrenia


Schizophrenia is genetic and is not caused by the use of drugs or alcohol, but it can cause the person to slip into schizophrenic symptoms earlier than they would have without drug use. That being said, substance abuse may cause earlier onset of schizophrenia in “vulnerable” individuals. Click the button below to learn more.

Self harm

Self Harm

Self-harm is extremely common among people with substance abuse issues. Getting treatment for self-harm and substance abuse issues at the same time will often provide someone with the best possible chances of long-term recovery.

Sex Addiction

Sex Addiction

Just like drug or alcohol addiction, individuals who deal with this disorder do not typically enjoy the actual act of sex and see it as a means to diminish their thoughts or to increase serotonin in the brain. It may be used as a form of coping for underlying trauma. Click the button below to learn more.

Suicidal Ideation

Suicidal Ideation

Rates of mental health issues, suicidal ideation, and suicide have been on the rise for several decades. This trend has only intensified as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. In this guide, we look at some of the most effective treatment options for co-occurring substance abuse and suicidal ideation.

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