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ABOUT SUBSTANCE ABUSE & ADDICTIVE BEHAVIOURS

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Addiction is common in people with mental health problems. But although substance abuse and mental health disorders like depression and anxiety are closely linked, one does not directly cause the other.

“There’s a saying in the recovery movement: Alcohol and drug addiction can cause mental illness but mental illness does not cause addiction. However, some mental illnesses, especially those that are not quickly diagnosed and treated, can trigger the use of alcohol and drugs.

Depressive disorders often cause acutely uncomfortable feelings such as overwhelming sadness, hopelessness, numbness, isolation, sleep disorders, digestive and food-related disorders. It is tempting, if medications aren’t being prescribed or used properly, for people suffering from depression to self-medicate. This can compound the depression and make it far worse.”

“Sometimes it is difficult to know whether the mental illness or drug use came first. Either way, both issues need to be addressed at the same time by treatment workers who specialise in treating both drug problems and mental health issues.”


see also: Drinking,Depression And Anxiety Youth Beyond Blue Fact sheet 8


Reasons why gambling can become a problem

“Problem gambling can be thought of as a behavioural addiction, sharing some features of other addictions such as alcoholism and drug addiction. Reasons for developing a dependency on gambling vary, but can include:

• As an escape – Some people who experience an anxiety disorder, depression, stress or harmful substance use may use gambling to try to ‘escape’ from their lives or to try to numb the pain of past or present problems. Gambling is a temporary ‘solution’ for them – which then becomes a problem.”                                 From: beyondblue factsheet 45 Problem gambling and depression


Prayers shared by Nicki “Ngiri” Clarke (Australia):


Depression and Substance Abuse: The Chicken or the Egg? Strongbonds - Identifing the Problem  Drinking,Depression & Anxiety: Youth Beyond Blue Fact sheet 8  Beyond Blue Fact Sheet 45 - Problem Gambling & Depression


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