There are common disorders that come with addiction. After all, addiction doesn’t come on its own. Worse than a thief in the night, it’s accompanied by its friends, feeding off on each other, with only destruction–and even death–in their wake.
You may not be fully aware of it, but there are certain health conditions that come in pairs. One condition often leads to the other, vice versa, or just occur together. For example, once you get diagnosed with diabetes, heart disease often follows. Allergies often come with asthma, and in the same vein, a cold often comes with cough and flu.
The same can be said when it comes to addiction. There are certain mental health disorders that accompany substance abuse, in what are collectively called co-occurring disorders.
5 Common Disorders with Addiction
1. Schizophrenia and Marijuana Addiction.
Those who show signs of schizophrenia or are already diagnosed with it are often more likely to develop addiction to marijuana. Studies show that half of the people with schizophrenia have substance abuse disorder, and marijuana is the drug of choice for most.
2. Anti-social Personality Disorder and Alcoholism.
Anti-social personality disorder (ASPD) is the most closely linked disorder to addiction. And this is saying a lot, considering that there are many other mental health disorders associated with addiction, namely mania, schizophrenia, dementia, and drug addiction. Those who excessively drink are more likely to struggle with ASPD than those who don’t drink. Furthermore, the problem drinking can even make the ASPD worse, making symptomatic behaviors more prevalent.
3. Depression and Heroin Addiction.
While heroin can give you a rush of pleasure, it can eventually burn out the neural centers responsible for this feeling, causing you to lose the inability to be happy and even become depressed. So, you lose the ability to be happy until you use the drug, causing you to go on a deadly cycle.
4. Anxiety and Cocaine Addiction.
Cocaine is attractive to those people who want to feel euphoric, confident, and powerful. However, continued abuse can lead to paranoia, hallucinations, violence, aggression, and insomnia–also signs of anxiety disorder.
5. PTSD and Opioid Addiction.
Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) occurs in people who undergo traumatic events, such as when one is facing a violent death or saw someone die, among other things. Those who survive such events often have injuries that make opiates a necessity. However, developing PTSD here can cause them to abuse the drug, as these opiates let them cope with the traumatic experiences. They also feel more relaxed and pleasurable, even euphoric.