The Mental Health and Substance Abuse Connection

By Mark Astor 12 months agoNo Comments

An individual who’s in crisis because of a substance abuse disorder, is more often than not, also suffering from a co-occurring mental health disorder.  In many cases, when a child or young adult has been prescribed medication for ADHD, anxiety or depression, the slippery slope of addiction and substance abuse rears its ugly head soon thereafter.

“Studies have shown a strong connection between ADHD, alcoholism and drug abuse.  Moreover, ADHD is five to ten times more common among adult alcoholics than it is in people without ADHD. It is also more common for children with ADHD to start abusing alcohol during their teenage years.” says attorney, Mark Astor, founder of Drug And Alcohol Attorneys.

While every person is different, the common thread with many substance abusers is the diagnosis of a mental heath disorder at a young age accompanied by the prescribing of medication, which frequently makes matters worse. 

There are a limited number of treatment centers that can appropriately diagnose and treat a dual diagnosis client. To observe such a client become stable and in recovery is the difference between Mr. Hyde and Dr. Jekyll. 

There are professionals who are ready, willing and able to assist with these issues. The team at Drug and Alcohol Attorneys can help you and your loved ones get back on track.  They do not charge for a consultation or for access to their resources. So, if your family is in crisis, you are encouraged to reach out for help.   

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