Mental Health and Addiction

Research has demonstrated evidence of a strong link between mental health and substance misuse/addictions. In other words, many people who are addicted to drugs are also diagnosed with other mental disorders, such as anxiety and depression, and vice versa

While mental illness and substance misuse/addiction exist together, there is no evidence to suggest that one directly caused the other. Research has pointed to a number of possibilities as to why mood disorders and substance abuse co-exist. For example, the abuse of substances may cause symptoms of mental illness, and people who suffer from mood disorders like depression or anxiety may use alcohol and others substances to help them cope, and this eventually leads to addiction.

Common mood disorders that co-exist with substance addiction are as follows:

This is a mood disorder characterised by excessive worry, to the degree that a person’s ability to carry out everyday tasks is affected. Within this mood disorder ‘family’, there are various forms of anxiety disorders characterised by their symptoms.

Everybody feels down from time to time, but depression is more than that. Depressive disorders are marked by a constant low mood that lasts for weeks or months and often there is no apparent cause for it.

Goldbridge has a strong belief that, when treating substance misuse, it is also important to address underlying issues, including co-occurring mood disorders such as depression and anxiety. When given the tools to resolve mood disorders effectively, rehabilitating from substance misuse is more successful.