Mental Health

Explore the relationship between mental health and addiction.

There is a strong and definitive connection between mental illness and the use of addictive substances. Some individuals develop mental health problems related to their drug use while others take drugs in an attempt to alleviate symptoms of the mental health disorder. As a result, many people who are addicted to drugs also tend to be diagnosed with other mental disorders. Despite which situation someone is in it’s important to treat all mental illnesses at the same time.

Individuals who have both a substance abuse problem and a mental health issue such as anxiety, bipolar disorder, or depression suffer from a co-occurring disorder, otherwise known as dual diagnosis. In a dual diagnosis, both the mental health issue and the drug or alcohol addiction have their own unique symptoms that may affect your ability to function, handle various situations in life, and relate to others. To complicate situations further, the co-occurring disorders also play a role in affecting each other and how they interact.

What we can help you with:

Recognizing the connection between mental health disorders and substance abuse

Identifying both the signs and symptoms of dual diagnosis

Discovering and investing in strategies that help cope with the issues

Reviewing and executing treatment options


What people are saying about the National Assessment Foundation

  • Deborah G.
    “I cannot say enough about National Addiction Foundation — the services they offer are invaluable. They didn’t just find any program for my son, they took the time to find the right one. I will always remember what they have done to help my son and our family. I can’t express how grateful I am for their services and will recommend them to all that are in need. Thank you, thank you from the bottom of my heart.”
    Deborah G.
  • Chester M.
    “I am so thankful and blessed to have National Addiction Foundation as part of [my life]. They made this happen for my father, and I will forever be in debt to them for their help during this difficult time. I truly appreciate the work that you all do.”
    Chester M.
  • Rebekah H.
    “National Assessment Foundation was the miracle I prayed for. They went above and beyond in reaching out to make sure my son was on the plane and on his way to safety and treatment. I have been able to sleep at night knowing he is in good care and on his way to a change in behavior and choices. They are helping him win the battle of addiction, and I will forever be grateful to them for saving his life.”
    Rebekah H.

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