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Is drug addiction rooted in pre-existing mental health problems?
Drug addictions are rooted in preexisting pre-existing mental health problems.
Provided the drug addiction do not interfere with therapy, behaviors that causes the individual to abuse drugs should be corrected.
increases the risk of addictions.
to correlate with dysfunctional state in the brain's reward circuitry.
It certainly can be, as many mental health problems are hormonal, neurological and/or chemical. These elements have shown to have a direct impact on many things that influence addiction in general. But this is not always the case and should not serve as an excuse for such behavior.
Article: National Drug Institute on Drug Abuse
Article: NCBI Mental Disorders as Risk factors for Substance Use
increases the addiction vulnerability.
Substance use disorders and traumas
Alcohol addiction can be potentially treated with herbal pills, like
. This suggests the addiction is independent of the mental state.
Addiction is a condition in it's own right. Pretending it is symptomatic of an underlying mental health issue would divert attention and treatment from the addiction.
Because many symptoms of mental health issues can be similar to symptoms of addiction, trying to treat someone in active addiction can lead to misdiagnosis. Instead, they must be treated together in a more holistic approach.
It is possible to become addicted to drugs without preexisting mental illness. This is provable by the fact that one can become drug-addicted in utero, irrespective of mental status such as seen in
neonatal abstinence syndrome
This is too broad a claim that simply falls into the category of possibly true in some circumstances and not in others. A better claim might be “drug use often correlates with the presense of pre-existing mental health conditions”
People get addicted to substances even if they lead happy and successful lives.
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