Mental Health, Substance Use & Brain Chemistry

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Alcohol and Drug Foundation
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Many people who develop substance use disorders have mental health conditions, and, likewise, many individuals who suffer from mental health issues also use substances in a harmful manner.

The relationship between mental health and substance use is complex.

In ADF's latest insight, the organisation provides an overview of the subject and its relationship with our brain chemistry.

The article discusses the difficulties in establishing a causal relationship, the environmental factors that increase risk and protective factors and the links that have been made between substance use and mental health issues.