Dual Diagnosis/Co-Occurring Disorders

14 03, 2019

Co-Occurring Disorder: Depression and Addiction

2019-03-14T22:54:14+00:00March 14th, 2019|0 Comments

Do you use drugs or drink too much because you are depressed? Or are you depressed because you have a drug or drinking problem? As it turns out, both answers may be true. Substance Use Disorders often co-occur with mental illness. In fact, 2 out of every 3 people struggling with a SUD also deal with a serious emotional [...]

18 08, 2017

Self-Medicating and the Dangers of this Addictive Behavior

2019-02-15T22:05:45+00:00August 18th, 2017|0 Comments

Self-medicating is a behavior that has been practiced for decades. It’s actually gotten much worse with the invention of the Internet, which makes self-medicating very simple. For many people, self-medicating is as simple as doing a quick Internet search for a specific ailment. Once they have diagnosed themselves, they’ll turn to an over-the-counter remedy to help. However, for others, self-medicating [...]

11 06, 2017

How to Treat Anxiety When You’re In Recovery

2019-02-15T23:53:30+00:00June 11th, 2017|0 Comments

Anxiety is a serious issue for many Americans. Everybody, at some point, can feel a surge of anxiety. Some people just worry a whole lot. Maybe you get uneasy before a major engagement where you have to meet a lot of people or speak in public, or something along those lines. These instances are just normal human occurrences. Having anxiety [...]

3 06, 2017

Study Finds Women Are Drinking More Than Ever Before

2019-02-16T00:01:28+00:00June 3rd, 2017|0 Comments

Women are drinking more than ever before. In March of 2017, the journal "Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research” reported that between 1997 and 2014, women drinkers increased by nine percent. According to the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA), “Women's drinking is most common between ages 26 and 34 and among women who are divorced or separated. Binge [...]

22 04, 2017

Suicide and Substance Abuse: How Closely Are They Tied Together?

2019-02-16T19:34:28+00:00April 22nd, 2017|0 Comments

With addiction, there’s always the risk of possible overdose or injury. What is sometimes overlooked is an underlying issue, and in some cases it is related to mental illness. According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), “Nearly 40,000 people in the United States die from suicide annually, or 1 person every 13 minutes. This exceeds the [...]

19 03, 2017

Coping with PTSD and Addiction: Trying to Mask Trauma

2019-02-16T20:16:40+00:00March 19th, 2017|0 Comments

Post traumatic stress disorder, or PTSD, is an anxiety disorder developed from negative emotional events. This can be experienced by anyone, any age, and it is generally experienced by people who have seen violence, engaged in violent activities such as warfare, suffered physical, psychological, sexual or emotional abuse, and victims of other violent crimes. This should not be confused with [...]

13 03, 2017

Sad, Depressed, and Even More Depressed: Ways to Overcome Clinical Depression

2019-02-16T23:18:52+00:00March 13th, 2017|0 Comments

We all have days that we feel sad or down. Everyone experiences challenging situations from time to time. Losing a loved one, getting fired from a job, divorce, and many other occasions can cause a person to experience intense grief, loneliness, or anxiety. Some days, after waking up, things just don’t seem to go right and a general sense of [...]

7 03, 2017

Pain Management and Addiction: What are the Risks?

2019-02-16T23:23:58+00:00March 7th, 2017|0 Comments

Pain and addiction are linked at the hip in more ways than you would think. When you hear the words “pain” and “addiction” in the same sentence, you might think we’re talking about the pain of addiction itself. That’s a fair assumption, as addiction does cause physical and emotional pain in both the addict themselves and those close to them. [...]

24 12, 2016

Integrative Addiction Treatment: A Multidimensional Process Explained

2019-02-17T22:55:39+00:00December 24th, 2016|0 Comments

“Authorities have repeatedly proposed that treatment programs should address the physiological, psychological, and social dimensions of the functioning of the client, but such a comprehensive approach is not yet routinely demonstrated in the practice of treatment of mental illness and substance abuse disorders.” ~ T. Watkins, A. Lewellen, and M. Barrett, Dual Diagnosis: an Integrative Approach to Treatment Addiction is [...]

14 12, 2016

Polydrug Abuse – What You Need to Know

2019-02-17T23:28:34+00:00December 14th, 2016|0 Comments

“It is clear that individuals who use multiple substances are at elevated risk of developing comorbid psychiatric and other health conditions. They also have more pervasive deficits in cognitive functioning that place them at elevated risk of poorer treatment outcomes.” ~ J. Connor, M. Gullo, A. White, and A. Kelly, Polysubstance Use: Diagnostic Challenges, Patterns of Use, and Health It [...]