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NIDA Study Confirms Link between Mental Illness and Substance Abuse

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There are many people that suffer from substance abuse and according to new study funded by the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) people with severe mental illness are more prone to substance abuse rather than people that do not suffer from mental illness. The study claims that people that have problems like schizophrenia or bipolar disorder are more prone to cigarette smoking and other substance abuse. The study clearly indicates that there is a direct connection between mental illness and substance abuse and that people that have higher mental problems are more prone to get connected with substance abuse.

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The study also include estimates from past studies that also links with the new one and confirms that people that have anxiety and mood disorders are more likely to go through substance use disorder. As per the statistics from the 2012 National Survey on Drug Use and Health there are around 8.4 million adults in the United States that suffer from mental and substance use disorder.

However, the startling fact is that only 7.9% receive treatment for both conditions and around 53.7% patients receive no treatment at all.

The study also indicates that people that suffer from mental illness also have 4 times more possibilities to turn into heavy alcohol drinkers that have 4 to 5 drinks per day and 3.5 times more likely to consume marijuana which is around 21 times annually and 4.6 times more likely to consume drugs. However, the study claims that most patients with mental illness take on tobacco products like cigarettes and turn into daily smokers.

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