Mental health problems and substance use disorders sometimes occur together. This is because:
More than one in four adults living with serious mental health problems also has a substance use problem. Substance use problems occur more frequently with certain mental health problems, including:
Substance use disorders can refer to substance use or substance dependence. Symptoms of substance use disorders may include:
Someone with a mental health problem and substance use disorder must treat both issues. Treatment for both mental health problems and substance use disorders may include rehabilitation, medications, support groups, and talk therapy.
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