Unveiling The Connection: Substance Abuse And Men's Mental Health
- Substance abuse and mental health disorders are closely linked, with about 50% of individuals with severe mental disorders also struggling with substance abuse.
- Alcohol and drugs are often used to self-medicate the symptoms of mental health problems, but can also increase the underlying risk for mental disorders and make symptoms worse.
- Warning signs of a co-occurring disorder include using substances to cope with unpleasant feelings, noticing a relationship between substance use and mental health, and having previous treatment for addiction or mental health problems.
- The best treatment for co-occurring disorders is an integrated approach, addressing both substance abuse and mental health issues through therapy, medication, support groups, and self-help strategies.