Comorbidity or dual diagnosis - Opioid addiction, part 9
This two-page handout with accompanying video and audio recording educates people about dual diagnosis, which is when substance use disorders occur with other mental illnesses. It defines comorbidity as when two or more illnesses happen in the same person, and explains that over half of those person with substance use disorders also have a mental health problem. It lists different kinds of mental disorders, identifies drug addiction as a mental illness, and explains why substance use disorders and other mental illnesses can occur together, including shared risk factors. Contact information for the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) National Helpline is provided.
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