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How to tell if you have a dual diagnosis or co-occurring disorder

A co-occurring disorder is a situation in which one simultaneously suffers from addiction and a mental health ailment at the same time. In many situations, those who suffer from a mental health disorder have also turned to substance use or abuse as a method of coping. Previously referred to as dual diagnoses, co-occurring disorders occur […]

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Addiction Professionals & Addressing Co-Occurring Disorders

Co-Occurring disorders is when a mental health disorder, substance abuse, and/or addiction are concurrent issues [1]. Often depression, post-traumatic stress disorder, obsessive-compulsive behavior, eating disorder, and anxiety are mental illnesses that are often combined with a drug or alcohol abuse issue within an individual. What Do Co-Occurring Disorders Mean? Co-occurring disorders tend to exacerbate each […]

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Addiction Recovery: Why the Best Therapy is Trauma-Informed

Watching a loved one struggle with any kind of substance dependence fills many of us with worry, confusion, and questions. What can we do? Understanding trauma’s role in addiction will help more of us lead the change in attitude we need. If the struggle with drug addiction is so often painful and deadly, why does it […]

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How To Prepare For A Trauma Anniversary, According To Mental Health Experts

Posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) can be a challenging mental health issue to manage, especially considering it’s unique to each and every individual. However, a common trigger for many people with PTSD is their “trauma anniversary,” or the date that a traumatic incident or event occurred. In fact, a trauma anniversary (and the weeks leading up […]

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What is the Relationship Between Addiction and Mental Illness?

Addiction And Mental Illness Require Treatment Much research has shown that there is an extremely complex relationship between addiction and mental illness. According to a renowned addiction psychiatrist at New York University by the name of Dr. Stephen Gilman, approximately 55 percent of people who are suffering from a drug or alcohol addiction will eventually develop […]

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The 6 Most Common Co-Occurring Disorders

Of the millions of people that struggle with substance use disorder and addiction, many also suffer from mental illness or mental health concerns. Often, substance misuse is secondary as someone suffering from psychiatric or mental health issues attempts to self-medicate through substances. Other times, addiction is the primary diagnosis, but the individual also is dealing […]

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7 Important Nutrients Depleted by Psychiatric Drugs

“There is no biological free lunch.”— Tim Ferriss If you try to cheat nature, it will backfire. By managing symptoms with synthetic man-made drugs, you may feel bette r for a while. But once you stop those drugs, you will end up with more symptoms than you started with. by Jim Farris   I experienced […]

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Disease Theory of Alcoholism

Alcohol is one of the most commonly abused substances in America today. It is legal for adults over age 21, easy to obtain and fairly inexpensive. Alcohol consumption is socially accepted and even promoted widely by the media. In 2012, as many as 87.6 percent of American adults over age 18 were reported in a SAHMSA study […]

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Treating psychiatric and addiction comorbidity with a cognitive-behavioral (non-12-step) approach

As more addiction treatment programs treat comorbidity it seems likely that client confusion about treatment approach will increase. Comorbidity is here defined as having both a mental health disorder (such anxiety or depression) as well as an addictive disorder.  Client confusion might arise because CBT (cognitive behavior therapy) has become the treatment of choice for […]

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How opioids reshape your brain, and what scientists are learning about addiction

None of us has the brain we were born with. Brains grow and adapt. This process, called neuroplasticity, doesn’t end when you step out of the classroom. Even habits—reaching for cookies when stressed out, keeping your head down during staff meetings—cut “trails” in the brain throughout life that can be hard to overcome. When it […]

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Meth Addiction And Mental Health Problems

Complications of Meth Abuse Methamphetamine – or simply, meth – is a central nervous system stimulant drug that can lead to severe social, occupational, legal and health consequences. Aside from a spectrum of potential physical health concerns, meth users frequently experience co-occurring mental health issues. The symptoms of meth addiction can exacerbate the symptoms of co-occurring mental health conditions—including anxiety and depression. A co-occurring mental […]

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Does 12 Step Matter with Dual Diagnosis?

  Part of the Solution Struggling with a dual diagnosis puts an extra twist on addiction and its treatment. Dual diagnosis means addiction plus a mental health concern—depression, anxiety, bipolar, schizophrenia. Can people with a dual diagnosis still find help in 12-step meetings? A new study says yes. The study (published in 2014) focused on […]

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