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Yes, addiction can cause or exacerbate mental health problems. Substance abuse and addiction can lead to mental health issues such as depression, anxiety, mood swings, paranoia, cognitive impairments, and other psychiatric disorders. The chronic use of drugs or alcohol can alter brain chemistry, disrupt neural pathways, and affect mental health functioning. Additionally, the negative consequences and impact of addiction, such as financial strain, relationship problems, legal issues, and loss of social support, can also contribute to the development or worsening of mental health problems. It is important to address both addiction and mental health issues simultaneously to ensure comprehensive and effective treatment.
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