Struggling with my own opinions about what does and doesn't constitute a mental health disorder worthy of tax payer funding.
If you are addicted to alcohol, for example, do you have a mental health disorder? I think not. Based on what I've read (yes, real books!) it makes more sense to consider it a symptom of a disorder -- a disorder that is known as emotionally painful.
Alcohol and drugs numb the emotional pain -- pain you don't necessarily know to relate to your automatic thoughts and behaviors.
Should funds be distributed to mental health service providers for the treatment of alcohol or substance abuse? I say yes, but only if such treatment is in addition to the treatment of an underlying mental disorder. How can you be successful in rehab if the reason you've become addicted is to numb an internal cesspool of buried emotional trauma?