Is Addiction Hereditary?

If one of your parents has had an addiction, does that mean you are more susceptible to having one?

The “nature vs. nurture” debate as it refers to drug or alcohol addiction is one scientists continue to study over the past few years.

According to a 2008 article published by the National Institute on Drug Abuse, “Some diseases, like sickle cell […]

Could the Cause of Alcoholism Have More Roots Than One?

When people talk about the causes of alcoholism, they typically discuss the five most recognized contributors to alcohol addiction: dependency, genetics, brain chemistry, social pressure and emotional stress. But addiction experts recognize that there is a strong relationship between mental health and alcoholism that needs to be part of the public discussion about alcohol addiction and its treatment.

The connection between […]

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Why Accreditation is the Gold Standard for Rehab Facilities

You’ve no doubt seen and heard the term “accredited” pop up in reference to addiction rehab facilities. You probably have some vague sense that it means some type of approval but your understanding doesn’t go any further than that. Knowing the substance behind the accreditation process can give you some valuable insight in evaluating rehab programs.

Not all states require […]

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Bipolar Disorder and Dual Diagnosis

With individuals suffering from dual diagnosis, a condition where substance addiction co-occurs with a mental illness, bipolar disorder is one of the more frequently encountered conditions. Once known as manic depression, bipolar disorder is characterized by sudden, extreme swings in mood and behavior. A national study of bipolar individuals found that 56 percent of the participants had experienced drug or […]

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Can Addiction Run in Families?

As addiction treatment has evolved, the medical community has learned that substance abuse is far more than just a case of lack of will power. Studies show that 50 percent of addictions are due to genetic predisposition. Not surprisingly, then, this trait can be shared by family members as seen in a couple of recent high-profile news stories.

This month […]

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Synthetic Drugs Target Young People Unaware of Their Risks

Synthetic drugs are the newest threat menacing our children. The manufacture of synthetic drugs is skyrocketing, according to a new report by the United Nations Office and Drugs and Crime. Of particular concern to authorities, parents and Transitions Recovery’s addiction experts is the targeting of children, teens and college students, most of whom are unaware of the considerable health […]

By |July 29th, 2014|Addiction Recovery, Drug Info, Drug Rehab Treatment, Dual Diagnosis, General Addiction, Uncategorized|Comments Off on Synthetic Drugs Target Young People Unaware of Their Risks|

Addiction the New Chronic Disease?

As the medical community continues to learn more about the nature of substance addiction, some members find themselves at odds about the most effective course of treatment. For many of the nearly two million people in this country seeking help, inpatient rehab has been the preferred method. However, some healthcare professionals are advocating the treatment of addiction as a […]

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Laura’s Law Impacts Those with Dual Diagnosis

With San Francisco’s recent approval of Laura’s Law, the court ordered involuntary outpatient treatment of people who suffer from serious mental illness is back in the news – and so is the controversy surrounding such laws. For the nearly 70% of drug and alcohol abusers who also suffer from co-occurring mental disorders and require dual diagnosis treatment, there is concern […]

By |July 15th, 2014|Addiction Recovery, Alcohol / Alcoholism Recovery, Drug Rehab Treatment, Dual Diagnosis, General Addiction, Mental Disorders, Uncategorized|Comments Off on Laura’s Law Impacts Those with Dual Diagnosis|

Teenagers and Mental Illness: The Hidden Struggle

Mental illness is difficult to diagnose and treat under most circumstances. The process becomes even more complicated with teenagers. Their sensitivity to peer pressure and conformity leads them to develop mechanisms that keep symptoms hidden from others. As a result, teens end up at risk for serious and sometimes tragic consequences.

According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), an estimated four […]

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Combatting Ice Addiction with a Dual Diagnosis

Methamphetamine is one of the most dangerous and destructive forms of illegal drugs being used today. Its highly addictive nature makes it easy to develop a habit and difficult to fight it. Australia is in the midst of a battle against this drug that’s being complicated with use by individuals suffering from dual diagnosis.

The specific substance being found in Australia […]

By |July 8th, 2014|Addiction Recovery, Drug Rehab Treatment, Dual Diagnosis, General Addiction, Uncategorized|Comments Off on Combatting Ice Addiction with a Dual Diagnosis|