Mental health disorders and addictions often appear together in what’s known as a dual diagnosis or co-occurring disorder. If you or a loved one are struggling with addiction, you may want to know how addiction affects mental health, and how this can be diagnosed and treated.
Addiction (substance use disorder) can significantly impact mental health. Many people with addiction also struggle with underlying mental health issues like anxiety or depression. NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) reports that 17 million U.S. adults had co-occurring disorders in 2020.
Alcohol and drug addiction side effects can worsen pre-existing mental health conditions, and it can also create new mental health issues. This guide explores the closely interrelated nature of mental health and addictions, examines how addiction affects mental health, and highlights the most effective treatment for addiction and mental health conditions that co-occur.