Individually, mental illness and substance abuse problems are major challenges to a person’s health and wellbeing. When the two occur simultaneously, it can be even more difficult to get on the road to recovery. As we explain to the people we work with at our outpatient drug rehab in Sacramento, “dual diagnosis” is a very broad term that encompasses the many ways the two conditions can influence one another.
Which Comes First?
People often ask if mental health conditions cause chemical dependency or the reverse. The truth is “cause” is maybe too strong a word, but each condition can influence or worsen the other. For example, a person’s drinking may push them into a state of depression, or anxiety may cause someone to self-medicate, leading to an addiction. Read more from this blog. http://bit.ly/2s43iVY