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Is drug addiction rooted in pre-existing mental health problems and should those problems be solved first?
Drug addictions are rooted in preexisting pre-existing mental health problems and those problems should be addressed first.
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.
increases the occurrence of substance abuse.
to correlate with dysfunctional state in the brain's reward circuitry.
Studies have shown that people who have experienced trauma as children are more likely to grow up to be addicted to drugs.
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
People get addicted to substances even if they lead happy and successful lives.
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