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Due to the substance abuse problem, a large number of people are suffering from severe mental health issues such as anxiety, depression or bipolar disorder. It is practically true that preventing someone from using drugs and alcohol is very tough and it appears to be more difficult when that person faces mental health problem. When an individual suffers from both substance abuse as well as mental illness, it is called dual diagnosis or co-occurring disorder. Although it seems quite difficult to handle, but there are some way outs. With proper support, self-help strategies and treatment, he or she can beat the mental illness occurred.

The Connection Between Substance Abuse and Mental Illness
While alcohol or drug addiction creates some typical problems, cognitive disorders have its own unique symptoms and both of these issues build obstacles in the way of dealing life’s difficulties, day-to-day functions and other problems. The problem becomes more serious when both these problems affect each other and interact. If you don’t treat yourself the way it should be, the problem of substance abuse gets worse. Similarly, when alcohol or drug addiction increases, mental illness increases as well.

Though it is practically very tough to prevent someone from drugs or alcohol addiction, you can prevent mental illness occurring due to substance abuse. Here is some helpful knowledge shared with the closest that informs you top 3 ways to prevent cognitive disorders due to substance in-taking.

1.Effective Dealing of Peer Pressure
The most common reason for this cognitive related issue among the teens (and some adults, too) is the influence of peer pressure. Since we don’t want to be left out, we tend to do things when our friends use peer pressure. We start doing those things that we normally avoid, just to fit in. to handle the peer pressure situation, you can do two things-
- Either you should get a better group of friends, who never pressure you for doing such harmful things like substance consumption due to drug or alcohol addictions,
- Or you need to get enough determination and effective way to strongly say ‘NO’.
These two ways will help you to get a good friends circle as well as stay away from the lure of alcohol or drug addiction.

2.Maintaining a Well-Balanced Life
Nowadays most of the people indulge with the problem of overwork and excessive work pressure. In order to get out from such overwhelming situation, they need a good break and some deserving rewards for their work. Unfortunately, they seek help from alcohol or drug addiction instead of handling the pressure.

Thus, they make life more stressful and winding. It is always advisable to maintain the right balance of life by taking the necessary break from work, taking up exercises, reading book or engaging yourself with some volunteering works that are fruitful as well as interesting to you. By doing some positive things you can relieve your stress and your mental illness occurring, thanks to such health disorder.

3.Effective Treatment
One of the effective 3 ways to prevent cognitive abnormalities due to substance abuse is to seek help from a trained professional. People suffering from depression, anxiety or posttraumatic stress disorder should go through proper counseling and treatment. You need to continue the counseling, medication or other therapies prescribed by your doctor until you entirely get cured.

Living With A Mental Disorder