Mental health treatment can play key role in fighting addiction

New research shows up to 80 percent of people who struggle with substance abuse also have a mental health diagnosis.

Professionals say it is common for those struggling with substance abuse disorder to experience trauma, anxiety, or depression.

The National Institute on Drug Abuse says only 9 percent of people receive treatment for both. Nearly 53 percent get no treatment at all, according to the agency.

“Mental illness takes different forms, as you know,” Dr. Lyn Conlon, a psychiatrist. “It can be major depression, which can lead to drug abuse. It can be anxiety, which can lead to drug abuse.”

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