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Depression and Substance Use Disorder: Why These Diseases Often Go Hand-in-Hand

Depression is one of the most common mental health conditions nationwide. It affects more than 16 million Americans each year and nearly 30% of affected individuals also struggle with substance use disorder.

Out of the millions of Americans who suffer from depression, only 35% seek treatment. Many people try to avoid or hide their feelings out of fear of stigma or judgment. This can lead to self-medication and relying on substances to cope. Eventually, substance use can become a crutch and turn into an addiction. 

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The Fuzzy Borders Between Social Drinking and Alcohol Dependence

More than 15 million Americans  - and more than 623,000 people between the ages of 12 and 18 years old - suffer from alcohol use disorder (AUD). Understanding the early warning signs of alcohol dependence is critical to preventing AUD. 

How can you recognize these warning signs?

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