FAQ: Mental Health Disorders

FAQ: Mental Health DisordersFor 53 percent of drug addicts and 37 percent of alcoholics, severe mental illness is a daily struggle they must face on top of their substance abuse habit, the Helpguide reports. There were 23.5 million people addicted to drugs or alcohol in 2009, according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, and only a small fraction, 2.6 million to be exact, received any sort of specialized treatment for their substance abuse problem. Unfortunately, the outlook on mental health care isn’t much better. Sufferers of mental illness frequently go without treatment.

Left untreated, mental illness festers, and the same goes for addiction. When a dependency on alcohol or drugs isn’t remedied, it gets bigger. What starts as a bad habit grows into something the user can no longer control. Tolerance develops and causes the drug abuser to begin using the substance more frequently and in larger doses.

Frequently asked questions about mental health


Among the general population, around 46 million people are mentally ill, NAMI reports.



  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Schizophrenia
  • Bipolar disorder

Many are self-medicating the symptoms of their mental health disorder, and others become addicted to the very medications they are prescribed for treatment, like benzodiazepines.


Yes. Substance-induced disorders often dissipate with the treatment of a drug or alcohol abuse problem.

Individuals who have suffered from abuse or neglect, those with a history of mental instability, and those with a family history of mental health disorders are at an increased risk of developing a mental health issue.



NAMI notes that more than 90 percent of people who take their own lives have been diagnosed with a mental health disorder. Likewise, Psychology Today accounts for substance abusers having a six-fold increased likelihood of committing suicide when compared to the general population.


While the mentally ill and addicted make up a solid portion of the population in dire need of health care, they are frequently the last on the list to receive it. Often, the reason cited for a lack of medical help is no financial means to support it in lieu of having no health insurance. The University of Maryland, College Park’s Cesar Fax publication notes that 32.9 percent of individuals in need of treatment who did not receive it in 2010 claimed their reason was a lack of insurance or financial means to pay for it.

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You don’t have to suffer with the symptoms of a mental health disorder any longer. With proper care, you can manage your mental health issues and also effectively address any co-occurring issues with substance abuse or addiction. Call us today for more information.