WHAT DO WE MEAN?
WHAT IS THE RELATIONSHIP?
problems with alcohol or drug use are more likely to be diagnosed with a mental illness. How strong is the connection? One major study that looked at
people over their lifetime suggests that about half of people with one type of problem have the other type of problem, too.
There are three main ways that these concurrent problems interact. It’s important to keep in mind that each mental illness is different and alcohol and other drugs have different effects, so individual people will have unique experiences.