Simultaneous Occurrence (Comorbidity) of Substance Abuse and Mental Illness

Comorbidity is a term that doctors use to describe the simultaneous presence of two or more diseases or disorders within the same person. In addition to merely being present at the same time, these conditions interact significantly, alter each other’s expression within the body, and alter each other’s long-term outcome. Strong comorbidity exists between substance…

Stimulant Abuse and Sexual Addiction

People with cross-addictions are individuals who switch from one addiction to another, while people with co-occurring addictions struggle with multiple addictions simultaneously. Cross and co-occurring disorders are especially common with sex addicts. In one survey of male sex addicts, 87 percent of the respondents reported they regularly abused either addictive substances or other addictive behaviors.…

Mental Health Issues and Addiction

Mental health issues are medical conditions which affect the behavior, social ability and perceptions of the sufferer. Such conditions are most often diagnosed utilizing data within the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, first published by the American Psychiatric Association in 1952. This manual is updated and renewed as new disorders are recognized and…