Addicts’ Co-Occurring Diseases Rates

It is well-known that addiction rates in people, such as those that are mentally ill mostly experience additional addiction issues, with about 50 percent of severe mental health patients being substance abusers. Additionally, according to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, almost 9 million individuals suffer from a co-occurring disorder due to their high addiction rates. Despite this statistic in high addiction rates victims, just 7 percent end up receiving treatment for both diseases. To add to that, almost 60 percent don’t get any form of treatment at all. However, what about those suffering from physical illnesses and high addiction rates?[1] Are diseases such as heart disease and cancer, organic and just a matter of happenstance or genetic lottery, or are they a result of a form of chronic addiction rates? This response might come as a shock to you.

An individual might be infected with cancer of the lungs and be a long-term smoker of marijuana and cigarette. But most smokers never get cancer of the lungs, and some people suffer from this condition that has never smoked. It can be difficult to determine the main cause of addiction rates or a health condition. 

What is Comorbidity?

Comorbidity means the way that two conditions, for example, a particular emotional well-being problem and a substance use issue, regularly coincide to lead to increased addiction rates. This means that in various addiction rates in patients, there is a fundamental emotional wellness issue too. While neither condition causes the other, they do regularly exist together. Likewise, one condition can worsen the manifestations of the other.

To more readily see how comorbidity is conceivable, it assists with perceiving that both are ongoing brain disorders. At the end of the day, when a patient battles with intense addiction rates issues, it means that their brain has been rewired by the abused substance. This makes the brain work uniquely in contrast to previously. Very much like diabetes or other heart diseases, an individual with a habit should deal with his high addiction rates for the remainder of his life. It isn’t pretty much as basic as halting the medication use or liquor condition. Commonly, this is just unrealistic.

Also, the alterations in the brain as a result of chronic addiction rates occur in the same brain regions as those affected by schizophrenia, anxietydepression, and bipolar disorder. Therefore, it is no wonder that between addiction rates and other mental illnesses there is an elevated co-morbidity rate. Even though the relationship is complex, mental illness can increase the risk factors. This means that some people with mental illnesses are turning to the pain of their mental health problems with alcohol or medications.

The Reasons Why Patients Experience Addiction and Mental Illness

While there is a high co-morbidity between mental health and dependency, it does not mean, even if one condition first appeared, that one necessarily caused the others. According to the National Institute for Drug Abuse, there are still several factors to consider when looking at addiction rates.

For Example:

  • Drugs and high addiction rates may lead to one or more symptoms of a different mental illness in individuals. Some users of marijuana, for example, are more at risk of psychosis  
  • Mental illnesses can cause abuse of drugs or alcohol and high addiction rates because some use self-medicated substances. For example, nicotine may sometimes reduce certain schizophrenia symptoms and may improve cognition in tobacco products.

Also, there’s proof that addiction rates and mental wellbeing are due to underlying brain shortcomings, genetic factors, and/or early exposure to trauma. For example, it is estimated that genetics can be attributed to 40 to 60% of a person’s susceptibility to chronic addiction rates. Several parts of the human genome are also associated with an increased risk of both addiction rates and mental illness.

The age at which the symptoms of high addiction rates occur is another frequent factor between mental health problems and dependence. In the years of adolescence, people continue to develop, mature and grow. This leads to significant brain changes during the teenage years. For example, young people are more likely to take risks and act impulsively. Those actions can affect the risk of increased addiction rates and other mental disorders even though they are common among adolescents.

Ultimately, people with physical or emotional trauma are much more likely to have disorders with the use of substances that raise their addiction rates. For veterans who come back to the country, this is particularly important. Each military officer and one in five women returning from Iraq and Afghanistan reported symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), severe depression, or high addiction rates to other substances.

Reasons Why Both Conditions Are Difficult to Diagnose

Sometimes it is difficult to identify co-occurring disorders like diseases caused by increased addiction rates. One of the reasons for this is that the symptoms often vary and are complex. As a consequence, treatment for one disease is not uncommon for people, whilst the other is untreated. It is occasionally caused by similar or overlaps symptoms. In other words, biological, psychological, and social components of both mental health problems and addiction rates are similar.

There may also be inadequate training or screening to prevent both conditions. In all instances, the consequences of co-occurring disorders undiagnosed, untreated, or under-treated can lead to higher chances of homelessness, prison, medical conditions, and even suicide.

Moreover, people with a risk for impulsive or violent acts that also abuse substances like drugs or alcohol, possibly lead to a legal problem and high addiction rates. It is more and more difficult for them to achieve lasting sobriety.

Patients Can Receive Treatment

Studies indicate that conditions co-occurring have to be treated simultaneously. It helps to the best result by providing integrated treatment for people with both high addiction rates and mental health problems. Doctors and advisors can address both disorders simultaneously with integrated treatment. In turn, this frequently reduces the cost of treatment and results in patients getting better.

Besides, early detection and treatment of chronic addiction rates can improve the person’s recovery and quality of life significantly. However, it is important to note that persists, is severe, and is resistant to treatment in people with both high addiction rates and other mental illnesses as against patients who have both conditions alone. That’s why it can be very challenging for them to maintain sobriety.

Liver Disease Due to Alcoholism

Cirrhosis is commonly associated with alcohol abusers and those with intense addiction rates, with several types of liver conditions caused by overconsumption of alcohol. About seventeen million people living in the US fulfill the alcohol dependence criteria. [2] Cirrhosis results in approximately 10-15% of alcoholics. [3] Traditionally, when compared to other forms of liquor such as beer, wine is less likely to cause a chronic condition and high addiction rates. In other words, how much people drink and the frequency contribute to risk factors.

Patients with cirrhosis who stop drinking have a five-year survival rate of 90 percent as opposed to the 70% who never stop drinking. [4] A cause of bigger concern is the initial cirrhosis of 70% of US citizens with liver cancer and elevated addiction rates. [5] 

About 20% of chronic alcoholic drinkers and people with excessive addiction rates are affected with fatty hepatitis. [6] If the abuse of alcohol is stopped early enough, this condition is reversible but often results in death instead of these measures.

One big risk factor of high addiction rates is alcoholic hepatitis. According to report, more than 50% of people who get affected don’t survive.[7] In line with that, about 40% of those who have this condition could get liver cirrhosis, as long as they keep on consuming alcohol. [8]

Alcoholic hepatitis, with over half of all serious illnesses leading to death, is also a major risk for life. [7] However, about 40% Amongst the people diagnosed with hepatitis alcohol will also develop cirrhosis if they drink heavily and increase their addiction rates. [8]

How About Cancer?

Most people who do drug or have highetend addiction rates will have one of more form malignancy in the future. All the more critically, new instances of cellular breakdown in the lungs in 2021influenced approximately 225,000 individuals with an increased addiction rates, also, a revealed 80-90% either smokes or has smoked in the past. [9]

Among the 11–30% who died due to cancer have high addiction rates, especially to tobacco. [10] For every year of smoking, studies have revealed that marijuana can increase cancer by 8%. [11]

Although many diseases and conditions may be caused by the use of drugs and high addiction rates, some people become ill as a result of overconsumption of alcohol. This is common in those that have developed cancer, who, while they try to endure the pain of their treatments by taking marijuana-dependent or opium-like painkillers. A study revealed that about 45.65% of patients tested positive for opioid screenings in cancer patients. [12] At times, it can be just the hardship of adapting to a potentially dangerous disease that increases their addiction rates.

Heart Condition

In people who have increased addiction rates, drug cardiac troubles are not uncommon. It is reported that 30% of smokers die reason being heart disease. [13] Drugs play a major role in both cardiac and stroke. Many people with more addiction rates, particularly stimulant abusers are often affected by high blood pressures.

Overdrinking and high addiction rates mostly raise the concentration of triglycerides in particular. This causes the pressure of the blood to increase, and then result in stroke and heart attack. Over 50% of the youths in the US that experienced a stroke had smoked or were presently doing that. Furthermore, within the 24 hours before the stroke, 13% had consumed alcohol or drugs or had increased addiction. [14]

Studies on the impact of heavy drinking and high addiction rates on women revealed that “women aged 30 to 64 who drank heavily are at increased risk for hypertension compared to drinkers aged 14 or less; casual drinkers have a decrease in their cardiovascular risk over 10 years as compared to those who have heavy drinkers.”[15]

Contagious Illnesses

Substance abusers and those with higher addiction rates suffer from infectious diseases. About 3.9 million Americans suffer from chronic hepatitis. [16] Just about 15-25% of people who have HCV remove their infection by themselves. [17] The Supreme Council of Europe estimates that 46% of males and 29% of females also developed cirrhosis for three decades living with HCV. [18] 

Cirrhosis is 16 percent likely to occur in people with HCV within two decades after infection, while patients that have two serious conditions such as HIV and HCV are more likely to suffer this condition by 21%.[19] In the community of drug abuse injection users and higher addiction rates, both viruses are prominent.

In research, about 64.7% hepatitis C and 76.5% substance abusers for less than one year, and hepatitis C was already hepatitis C. [20] By 2010, there has been a report that injection drug usage was used to pass 8% of all new AIDS. [21] It is reported that about 30 percent of all the cases of HIV/AIDS are associated with high addiction rates. [22]


Indeed, even Alzheimer’s sickness has connections to substance misuse. Almost 50% of the members in a single report with Alzheimer’s had utilized benzodiazepines sooner or later. [23] Subsequently, this related to 51% improved probability of a possible Alzheimer’s analysis at some point using drugs. The investigation didn’t oppress regular use, abuse, and misuse. Liquor use is additionally connected to the improvement of Alzheimer’s.

Mental Illness

People with psychological wellness issues are likewise bound to have actual medical conditions, as well. Also, around 53% of substance abuses and 37% drunkards have an emotional wellness condition. [24]  Numerous people with emotional well-being issues live an abbreviated life expectancy, also. Around 60% of overabundance death rates in seriously intellectually sick populace are because of external pain. [25] People having extreme psychological well-being messes – like bipolar issue – survive for about 13-30 less years than the overall public. [26] In the same way, numerous victims find themselves in the city after times of delayed medication or liquor misuse, as do the intellectually sick. This is a significant connection to their wellbeing since destitute people who are experiencing emotional wellness problems have a 24.5% hazard of heart failure, stroke, or unexpected cardiovascular passing past 30 years of age. [27] Diseases due to drug abuse are an entire other domain of disease that is straightforwardly brought about by substance misuse and by and large purpose when medication or liquor use is halted.

Rate of Life Expectancy

Drug Addicts Are Known to Have Shorter Life Expectancy Rates, They Include:

  • Cigarette smoking cuts off your life
  • You can spend 14.1 hours drinking beer
  • Single-day use of methamphetamine ends up being 59 hours
  • Those addicted to drugs such as heroin end up losing approximately 70 hours each day for typical medication. [28]

We Can Help

Either after a stroke or a cardiac arrest or if you are fighting high addiction rates during a time when you’re aiming to overcome cancer, contact us for assistance. Detoxification from substance overuse could be hard. When you have a preexisting condition, you should never try on your own. You can apply some measures to ensure and easy detox process.

Experts recommend that you track your progression to improve your chances against going back to the old habit. Between 40-60% of all addicts who have completed treatment will recover. [29] You have a better chance if you receive assistance. The right time is now to ensure that you have a great possibility to begin a new life in regeneration and has a healthy level of addiction rates.


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