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Is Substance Abuse a mental illness?

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Asked: 2018-01-26 03:08:24
Solve an argument between my girl and I? She says my Dad’s substance abuse is not a mental illness, but I say it is. Which of us is right?


Answered: 2018-01-26 18:06:49

Substance abuse changes your priorities. It interferes with normal behaviors, it effects work and relationships. It is a mental illness. You are correct sir.


Answered: 2018-02-11 22:32:39

Its common for people to have a dual diagnosis. explains how common it is for sufferers of of people with PTSD to abuse drugs or alcohol. But even so substance abuse qualifies as a mental illness. Addiction results in distinct brain changes and can disrupt a persons needs and desires, leading them to prioritize drug use above all else. A persons ability to control their compulsions to use substances becomes significantly diminished as these brain changes occur.


Answered: 2018-02-18 22:13:13

No matter what anyone tells you substance abuse is a mental illness. Substance abuse messes with your brain waves, and anything that messes with your head like that is considered a metal illness.


Answered: 2018-01-26 16:45:32

Substance abuse isnt like depression, or multiple personality. It means if mental illness can co occur with substance abuse or even precede it. But its not the same thing. There are things like mental illness for which you cannot control. But you can choose to take drugs.


Answered: 2018-01-26 22:28:40

states the mental illness definition as a behavioral or mental pattern that causes significant distress or impairment of person functioning. To me this explains yes, substance abuse is a mental illness. Although some people still believe that it is not a mental illness and people can stop using substances all on their own with no help from a doctor or medical trained staff.


Answered: 2018-01-27 04:22:56

Yes drug use changes the structure of the brain and the way it works. It’s all mental.

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