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Alcohol and other drug use

The relationship between mental illness and alcohol and other drug use is very complex as these substances can impact on mental health in various ways. People with mental illness use drugs and/or alcohol for the same reasons as those without a mental illness: to feel better when anxious or sleepless or for something to do that feels good when they are bored, lonely or traumatised. 

Some drugs may trigger a mental illness. For example, when someone who is at risk of having a psychotic illness uses cannabis it may trigger the first episode of schizophrenia. And it is believed that people with psychotic illnesses recover better from episodes if they do not use cannabis. 

Other drugs may interfere, complicate or even delay treatment. For example the continued use of drugs such as Valium (diazepam) will impact on the psychological treatments for anxiety.

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