Can Substance Abuse Cause Mental Illness?

Can Substance Abuse Cause Mental Illness?

Many people use drugs or alcohol as an escape from reality. Substance abuse can heighten or exacerbate underlying mental health illnesses. Certain drugs can cause paranoia, depression, and anxiety. Alcohol is a depressant and drinking alcohol might worsen the symptoms...
Treating Addiction and Mental Health

Treating Addiction and Mental Health

When your loved one has an addiction to drugs or alcohol and an underlying mental health illness such as depression, anxiety, PTSD or ADHD he or she needs to get treatment for both conditions simultaneously. One cannot be treated effectively without treating the...
Surviving Childhood with Addiction in the Family

Surviving Childhood with Addiction in the Family

Children of parents who struggle with alcoholism are at risk of experiencing mental health issues such as depression, anxiety, behavioral problems, and drug or alcohol abuse. Children of parents with an addiction can feel uncertain, unstable, neglected, disorganized,...
Benefits of Living Substance-Free

Benefits of Living Substance-Free

Recovery from drug and alcohol addiction is a life-long process with many challenges and obstacles to overcome along the way. Addiction compromises personal relationships with loved ones and interferes with responsibilities. It results in job loss, financial problems,...
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