It is not always the case that someone who is suffering from some form of addiction will have an associated mental health condition but it is something that professionals in either discipline will come across all too often.
In other words, qualified and empathetic addiction treatment professionals will often be well-versed in some of the common mental health disorders which are seen in the general population. Equally, mental healthcare workers will often have a sound working knowledge of addiction types and some of the most usual addiction treatment methods.
To be clear, if you – or someone you know – is addicted to a substance or a behaviour, then it does not necessarily follow that they have a mental health disorder. However, dual diagnoses are often made and one diagnosis can assist with the other. Read on to find out more about the role that poor mental health can have on addiction.