Mental Health And Substance Use Problems Disorders

1692 Words May 30th, 2016 7 Pages
According to Treatment Improvement Protocol No. 43 (2005), a mental disorder is defined as a disease of the mind or a brain disorder. According to SAMHSA (2016), more than eighteen percent of US citizens age 18 and older live with a brain disorder combined with another problem. To put it another way, almost 1/5th of the US population lives with mental illness and either a substance use disorder or some other issue (SAMHSA, 2016). A co-occurring problem is defined as the coexistence of both a substance use disorder and mental health problem (SAMSHA, 2016). Other examples of co-occurring problems include pathological gambling, eating disorders and those previously stated are all treatable with proper evaluation, assessment and interventions that foster positive outcomes (Stevens & Smith, 2013). For the sake of the paper, these writings will attempt to evidence why individuals with co-occurring mental health and substance use problems disorders struggle with medication compliance due to multiple issues listed below (Mitchell, 2016).

As mentioned above, co-occurring issues such as mental health and substance use disorders are treatable and the individuals who struggle can recover given they get help from professionals and work on getting both problems under control (Medication-Assisted Treatment for Opioid Addition in Opioid Treatment Programs, 2005). Once a person is diagnosed by a mental health professional i.e.: Psychiatrist, Psychologist, Licensed Mental Health Counselor, a…
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