When a person has both a mental illness (such as anxiety, depression, or a personality disorder) and a problem with drugs and/or alcohol it is called a dual diagnosis. It is not uncommon for mental illness and addiction to coexist. According to The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), more than one-third of people who abuse alcohol are also coping with mental illness. Almost one-third of people with all mental illnesses and about one-half of people with severe mental illness (like bipolar disorder and schizophrenia) have issues with substance abuse.
Individual, group, and family counselors exist who specialize in dual diagnosis treatment.
DualDiagnosis.org: Through this website you can learn more, locate treatment centers, and live chat. 1-877-345-3357
Helpguide.org overview of substance abuse and mental health issues
Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance article on dual diagnosis
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