By: Ashley Knowles, Outreach Manager, AdvocatesForHealth.org
There is a strong and very important relationship between substance abuse, addiction, and mental health disorders.
According to the AMA, approximately 50% of individuals with a ???serious??? mental illness have problems with substance abuse. A significantly greater percentage of individuals with substance dependency have reported a ???co-occurring disorder??? of some severity ??? most commonly depression and anxiety. As many treatment professionals know, treatment must address this strong relationship of ailments in order to be effective.
Information for non-professionals, however, is severely lacking on the web. Many websites leave out critical or new research, fail to make information comprehensible and even refer to co-occurring disorders as ???Dual Diagnosis??? ??? terminology from an outdated version of the DSM. I recommend a new resource that is a comprehensive aggregation of current research in an easy-to-follow format. I believe you will find this page to be the best available on the web for its topic.