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Does my daughter have a mental illness? Is this why she uses drugs?

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Asked: 2018-11-29 16:33:23
My daughter started using drugs when she was pretty young, about 14 years old. Ever since she was a little girl she said that she felt different. Now my husband and I are thinking that perhaps she was attracted to drugs in order to self-medicate from a mental health issue that we didn't realize she had. Do people with mental health disorders have a strong pull towards drug use?


Answered: 2018-11-29 16:51:29

A lot of people with mental health disorders self-medicate with drugs and alcohol, especially if it's undiagnosed by a professional. The effects of the drugs and alcohol balances out the symptoms of mental health disorders much of the time. Addiction is a mental health disorder by itself as well. I would recommend that you bring her to a substance abuse treatment facility that also treats co-occurring disorders. That's when an addiction is present in addition to another mental health disorder. That way both can be addressed and your daughter can be happy without using drugs. Good luck!


Answered: 2018-11-29 20:48:08

Marcia I understand the pain you are feeling. Mental illness tends to be a high-risk factor for drug use during youth years - it is possible.

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