FAQ: Mental Health Disorders
For 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
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