What Is Cross Addiction?
Answer: Persons with addictive disease are no more prone to other mental illnesses than the general population. Cross addiction implies that if a person is a victim dependent on one psychoactive substance, he is at high risk to develop dependence on any other addicting psychoactive substance. However, when someone suffers from an entirely unrelated anxiety disorder or depression in addition to an addictive disease such as alcoholism or drug abuse, they possess what is called a dual disorder. It is wise then to consider the complexities involved with any addictive disease and to keep in mind the interplay of any two diagnoses.
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