Q. Why do some substance abuse treatment programs want to do a mental health screening?

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A: Addiction is itself a mental disorder. Often, it coexists with some form of mental illness. To ensure that a recommended treatment for substance abuse does not cause another disorder to worsen, many treatment centers recommend or require a mental health assessment. Being aware of a co-occurring mental health issue is also vitally important when medications will be prescribed, as they may exacerbate an underlying condition. 

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