In this section we examine schizophrenia, common signs and symptoms, statistics, and disease impacts. While schizophrenia directly affects just a small portion of the population (both in the United States and worldwide), the effects of this devastating mental illness are far-reaching, impacting family and friends in addition to the individual diagnosed with the disease.
Schizophrenia is most notably characterized by odd and bizarre behaviors, and it’s these behaviors that often lead to the initial diagnosis. Most experts don’t believe that drug or alcohol abuse causes schizophrenia; it is widely recognized, though, that people with schizophrenia are more likely to abuse alcohol and/or drugs. Substance abuse can make treatments for schizophrenia less effective, however, which can lead to further complications.
We’ve created this guide to explore the relationship between schizophrenia and addiction, the impacts of comorbidity, and solutions for overcoming addiction and mental illness to begin the path down the road of recovery.
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