Addiction doesn’t happen in a vacuum. In fact, there are often some other mental health disorders that exist at the same time, complicating diagnosis and treatment. The relationship between addiction and these co-occurring disorders can be complex; these conditions can contribute to addiction, while addiction can exacerbate these pre-existing symptoms.

The Most Common Co-Occurring Disorders

A few co-occurring disorders are especially typical. These include:
  1. Depression. Often, those who are struggling with depression will use drugs or alcohol to self-medicate—and that substance use can sometimes become addiction.
  2. Anxiety. While a little stress is a normal part of life, extreme or persistent anxiety may point to a mental health disorder. Again, drugs or alcohol may be used to self-medicate.
  3. PTSD. Those who have experienced trauma can sometimes exhibit the symptoms of PTSD—and this condition is closely linked with addiction.
  4. Bipolar disorder. Those who are bipolar may experience extreme shifts in mood and turn to drugs or alcohol to help “level out.”
  5. ADHD. Those who have ADHD find it difficult to focus on a particular task—and in some cases, believe drugs or alcohol will help give them that focus.
  6. Insomnia. Drugs and alcohol are sometimes used to induce sleep—but the cruel irony is, they can also be disruptive to sleep in the long run, only making the insomnia worse.

Seeking Dual Diagnosis Care from Seacliff Recovery

These are just a few examples of how mental health disorders can co-exist with addiction. The important thing is to seek dual diagnosis care—meaning a treatment plan that addresses all underlying symptoms. We are proud to offer dual diagnosis care at Seacliff Recovery. Contact us today to learn more about the treatments we offer for addiction and other mental health disorders. Reach out to Seacliff for more treatment resources!
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