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Depression & Substance Abuse – A Dual Diagnosis

Dual diagnosis indicates the co-existence of substance abuse with a mental disorder. In these cases, one of the most commonly found illnesses is depression. Understanding the interaction of these two conditions is important for successful addiction recovery.
According to studies conducted by the National Institute of Health, nearly one-third of those suffering from depression have also had substance addiction problems […]

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Aftercare for Dual Diagnosis Patients

Successful treatment of dual diagnosis comes in large part due to tailoring a program that meets a patient’s individual needs. However, the recovery process doesn’t end once he or she leaves the facility. A comprehensive program includes an aftercare plan incorporating workable strategies for continued recovery.
Since dual diagnosis patients are managing both a mental disorder and a substance addiction, […]

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Getting Ready for Your Addiction Intervention

People suffering from an addiction develop a deep-rooted sense of denial as part of their coping system. It often requires the help of family and friends to recognize the problem and take the first step toward addiction recovery.
Since it’s unlikely the patient will seek help independently, an intervention can be an effective way to show him or her the […]

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Marijuana Is It the Gateway Drug?

Debate has raged for years about marijuana’s relation to substances like stimulants and narcotics. Some consider it to be a so-called “gateway” drug that is likely to lead to use of stronger drugs. Others claim it’s no more harmful than alcohol. Where does the truth lie?
Research indicates that nothing about marijuana in and of itself causes a user to […]

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How is Dual Diagnosis Treatment Different

While the co-existence of addiction and mental health issues is nothing new, the dual diagnosis concept has created a breakthrough in effective treatment models. The condition is now viewed as existing on a continuum, rather than comprised of two mutually exclusive ailments.
Before the growing acceptance of dual diagnosis in the 1990s, patients with both issues were given what was […]

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NAMI Speaks Out on Dual Diagnosis

Since the concept of dual diagnosis created a breakthrough in addiction treatment in the 1990s, the National Alliance on Mental Health (NAMI) has been in the forefront of educating the public on the issue. Their goal has been to increase awareness of the condition and its ramifications for successful addiction recovery.
Dual diagnosis refers to the co-existence of a mental […]

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The NAMI Dual Diagnosis Fact Sheet

Applying the concept of dual diagnosis has resulted in a major breakthrough in addiction recovery. The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) has issued a fact sheet to help patients and their loved ones understand the core issues and their impact on a successful treatment program. 
Here are some of the more significant points included in NAMI’s statement.

The co-existence of […]

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The Impact of Gender Differences in Dual Diagnosis Treatment

The implementation of dual diagnosis treatment for addiction recovery has had positive results for patients suffering from both mental health issues and substance abuse. This approach focuses more on individual needs rather than a one-size-fits-all standard. Developments in this innovative protocol have also uncovered some significant differences in how these issues affect men and women.
According to DualDiagnosis.org, both genders receive […]

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Self-Medicating to Ease the Pain – the Issue of Dual Diagnosis

Addiction recovery is a long process that requires constant vigilance to prevent a relapse. Drugs and alcohol can almost take on a life of their own in the addicted individual. When you add a mental illness to the mix, it seems difficult to know where to start to find a path toward freedom from the emotional pain they cause.
Dual […]

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What Parents Should Know About a Dual Diagnosis and Their Teen

Dual diagnosis refers to a situation where both a mental health disorder and substance dependency are present. If your teenager has received a dual diagnosis, understanding the underlying issues of this condition will help you support him or her on the way to addiction recovery.
First of all, it’s important to know that neither you nor your child are alone. […]

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