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Understanding the Nexus Between Behavioral Health and Substance Abuse

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Substance abuse and behavioral health are interconnected and complex issues. They have a profound effect on families and communities. This intertwined relationship poses challenges to both individuals who seek help and the healthcare industry.

This article will shed light on the relationship between substance abuse and behavioral health, by exploring the underlying causes, the consequences and the importance to effectively address these issues.

Substance Abuse and Behavioral Health Interplay

Behavioral health is a broad term that encompasses many aspects of mental and emotional wellbeing, such as emotional regulation, coping strategies, stress management and interpersonal relationships. These aspects can be compromised and make individuals more likely to turn to drugs or alcohol as a way to self-medicate, escape, cope with stress, etc.

Substance abuse can also exacerbate behavioral health problems or trigger new ones. Substance abuse alters brain chemistry and can lead to mental health problems such as anxiety, depression, or psychosis. Substance abuse and mental illness can spiral quickly, creating a challenging and complex situation for those who are affected.


Sometimes, mental health disorders and substance abuse disorders occur together. This is because

  • Some substances can make people who are addicted experience mental health problems.
  • Some people with mental illness may use alcohol or drugs to self-medicate.
  • Some of the underlying causes for mental health disorders and substance abuse disorders are similar, such as changes in brain structure, genetic vulnerability, and early trauma or stress exposure.

One in four adults with serious mental problems has also a substance abuse problem. Substance abuse problems are more common with certain mental illnesses, such as:

  • Anxiety Disorders
  • Schizophrenia
  • Personality Disorder

Substance Use Disorders


Substance Use Disorders can be difficult to diagnose because of the wide range of functioning that people have and their ability to hide their drug or alcohol use. Substance use disorders can cause behavioral changes such as:

  • Drop in attendance or performance at school or work
  • Get into trouble often (fights or accidents, illegal activity)
  • Secretive or suspicious behavior
  • Changes in sleep or appetite patterns
  • Unexpected change in personality or attitudes
  • Anger, irritation, and sudden mood swings
  • Hyperactivity, agitation or giddiness during periods of time.
  • Lack of Motivation
  • Appearing to be anxious, fearful or paranoid without a reason

Changes in physical appearance, including:

  • Bloodshot eyes with abnormally large pupils
  • Sudden weight loss or weight gain
  • Physical appearance deterioration
  • Odors that are not normal on the breath, clothing, or body
  • Tremors, slurred words, or impaired coordination

Social Changes, including:

  • Sudden changes in favorite hangouts and hobbies, as well as friends
  • Substance abuse and legal problems
  • Unexplained financial need or problems
  • Use of substances in spite of relationship problems

Factors Underlying the Decision

Multiple factors can contribute to the coexistence of substance abuse and behavioral disorders. The factors of genetics, family history trauma, environment, and social pressures are all important. People with a history of mental disorders or substance abuse in their family are more likely to develop both conditions.

Trauma, such as abuse of the body or mind, can also lead to mental health problems and addiction as a way of dealing with distress and pain.


Coexistence of substance abuse and behavioral health has far-reaching consequences. Individuals can suffer from a reduced quality of life and financial difficulties, as well as legal issues. The strain on the healthcare systems is also substantial. There are more emergency room visits and hospitalizations as well as a greater burden on mental health facilities.

Recovery from Substance Abuse and Mental Health Problems

The link between substance abuse and behavioral health highlights the need for an integrated and compassionate treatment approach. Healthcare professionals, policymakers and communities who recognize the interplay of these two areas can develop integrated strategies for those with co-occurring disorder.

Early intervention, holistic care, and collaborative treatment can improve outcomes and overall well-being of individuals with behavioral health or substance abuse issues.

Hathaway Recovery offers a tailored treatment program which incorporates evidence-based therapies such as behavioral and experiential therapy. Our holistic healing program can help you grow as a person and give your life new beginnings.

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