|Mental illness is common among drug addicts. The relationship between mental health and substance abuse is so strong that many people believe the drugs cause the illness. In most cases, this is not true. People who have mental illness usually seek out the drugs to self-medicate. These people do not realize that their attempts only lead to a larger problem-addiction. Fortunately, proper treatment and diagnosis can help the addict recover from what the medical establishment calls a dual diagnosis. Mental and substance abuse disorders share some underlying causes, including changes in brain composition, genetic vulnerabilities, and early exposure to stress or trauma.
International Journal of Emergency Mental Health and Human Resilience is one of the leading journals that provide a forum for the dissemination of findings related to mental health and substance abuse. The journal is of interest to psychiatrists and other members of the multi-disciplinary team around the world concerned with the impact of social factors on individuals wellbeing and mental health.