Substance Abuse

Co-occurring Disorders and Substance Abuse

Co-occurring Disorders and Substance Abuse

There is a high level of substance abuse issues among individuals with mental health disorders; at the same time, the percentage of people with a substance use disorders who also suffer from a mental health disorder is far lower. Huh? What does that mean? It means if you have a mental health issue you have a higher risk of developing issues with addiction, but individuals with co-occurring disorders (formally referred to as dual diagnosis) make up a relatively small, although still significant, portion of individuals with addiction issues.