It’s a common trend to see men who suffer from mental disorders also struggle with substance abuse. There’s a long list of mental disorders that can cause substance use disorders. Likewise, substance use can affect mental disorders in adverse ways.

Substance abuse often causes severe psychological symptoms, such as paranoia or hallucinations. Additionally, it can increase mental health disorder symptoms. People are also at higher risk for both mental disorders and substance use if there’s a history of it in their families. Being aware of that history is pertinent in preventing addiction and learning to manage mental health and stress.

List of Mental Disorders That Commonly Occur with Substance Abuse

While it would be impossible to cover the entire list of mental disorders that can lead to substance abuse, two of them lead the way.

Depression

Depression is one of the most common mental disorders that adults suffer from in America. In 2014, nearly 6% of the population reported experiencing a major depressive episode during that year, with 3–5% suffering from major depression.

Symptoms of depression include sadness, fatigue, guilt, and hopelessness. Some substances, such as alcohol, are depressants. Depressants can worsen feelings of sadness while also putting the user at higher risk for suicide.

Anxiety

About 18% of American adults experience anxiety. Even at such a high number, there are still more adults that go undiagnosed or untreated and attempt to self-medicate. People suffering from anxiety may abuse benzodiazepines to alleviate stress and nervousness. Xanax, a benzodiazepine typically prescribed to treat anxiety, can become highly addictive.

For instance, someone struggling with social anxiety may rely on drugs or alcohol to feel more comfortable in social situations. While it may start off as a psychological dependency, it can quickly spiral into a physical addiction.

People suffering from this list of mental disorders not only risk addiction due to self-medication but also from prescription drugs. Those trying to manage various depression or anxiety-related mental disorders can receive a variety of prescription drugs, all of which can lead to an addiction.

What is Dual Diagnosis?

At Serenity Lodge in California, we’re fully aware of the dangers that mental disorders and substance use present to men. Our facility offers a dual diagnosis program that’s designed to treat the unique needs of someone suffering from both addiction and a mental disorder.

A dual diagnosis program pairs drug rehab treatment with mental health treatment. In order to address the needs of the mental disorder, Clients at Serenity Lodge will have mood stabilizing treatment and coping skills education in addition to any drug rehab counseling. They may also receive prescription drugs to help manage the mental disorder.

Substances Involved In Dual Diagnosis

Substance abuse is part of every dual diagnosis, co-occurring with a mental illness (and oftentimes, another substance addiction as well). According to the National Survey on Drug Use and Health, in 2018 14.8 million Americans over the age of 12, 5.4% of the population, had a substance use disorder. Addictions run the gamut from legal substances like alcohol, tobacco, and prescription drugs, to illicit substances like marijuana, cocaine, and heroin. At Serenity Lodge, we treat a wide variety of substance addictions as part of dual diagnosis treatment, starting with detox, continuing with therapy, and ending with your recovery. Substance addictions treated as part of dual diagnosis treatment at Serenity Lodge include but aren’t limited to:

Both addiction and mental disorders are manageable. With the help of Serenity Lodge, you can get the treatment programs needed to overcome your substance use disorder and learn skills to manage your mental health. Call us today at 855.932.4045 to start your recovery today.