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The Real Link Between Depression and Drug Addiction

The link between depression and drug addiction may be complicated. But it’s no secret. Those with diagnosed depression drink 69% of the alcohol in the US. They use 84% of the nation’s cocaine. In many people, addiction also intensifies feelings of loneliness, despair, and lack of interest in normally enjoyable activities. So drugs accentuate hallmarks of depression.…

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Co-occurring Disorders

Addiction and mental illness are identified as separate and distinct issues that can, and often do, occur together.  Effective treatment for co-occurring disorders depends on an accurate diagnosis, which can be a highly complex and somewhat subjective process. Some key considerations related to the prevalence, diagnosis, and treatment of co-occurring disorders are discussed below. What…