Upon initial assessment and diagnosis in treatment, many are surprised to find they meet the diagnostic criteria for a mental health disorder as well as their prevalent substance use disorder. Living with a mental health disorder creates a higher risk for substance abuse and vice versa.

Most Common Co-Occurring Mental Health Disorders With Substance Use Disorder

  • Depression
  • Bipolar
  • Anxiety
  • PTSD
  • Borderline Personality Disorder
  • Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder
  • Narcissistic Personality Disorder
  • Schizoaffective Disorder
  • Antisocial Personality Disorder
  • Obsessive Compulsive Disorder

Co-occurring disorders can also include other compulsive behavioral disorders or “addiction” types, which are still mental health disorders:

  • Sex addiction
  • Gambling Addiction
  • Porn Addiction
  • Internet Addiction
  • Food Addiction
  • Eating Disorders
  • Exercise Addiction

Most Common Combinations Of Co-Occurring Disorders And Drug Types

  • Depression with alcohol
  • Depression with cocaine
  • Alcohol with anxiety
  • Alcohol with personality disorders

Effects of Co-Occurring Disorders

Frequently, a substance use disorder is born as a way to cope with an existing mental health disorder. Mental health disorders can result from substance use disorders, but it is mostly the other way around. Undiagnosed and untreated mental health disorders can be difficult to live with. Drugs and alcohol often provide a sought after solace for coping. Unfortunately, self-medicating is not a cure to mental health disorders. As a result, someone with co-occurring disorders can experience more problems than a client with just one issue or another.

  • More difficulty with social engagements and maintaining healthy relationships
  • Struggles with performing in a job and maintaining steady work
  • Higher risks of health complications both physical and psychological
  • Higher risk of relapse and overdose


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