LOS ANGELES, CA / ACCESSWIRE / December 15, 2021 / What is substance abuse? It is the repeated misuse and over-consumption of alcohol and/or drugs in a way that leads to impaired psychological functioning, distress, or interpersonal problems. Substance abuse problems can occur simultaneously in individuals with depression, anxiety, trauma, or other addictive behaviors. The combination of substance abuse and mental illness has its own name: dual diagnosis, or co-occurring disorders. Increased awareness of and access to proper treatments is essential to successfully improving the lives of people suffering with substance abuse or dual diagnoses.
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