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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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Dealing with Denial

Addiction is an illness, and for many people one coping mechanism is denying the problem.
Just as there are different types of addictive behaviors, there are different styles of denial.

Type A denial is when a person knows he has a substance abuse problem but if confronted on it by others, he will deny it. This is simply lying about the […]

At Risk for Dual Diagnosis?

Dual diagnosis – the state of having a chemical dependency concurrent with a mental or psychological disorder – has been well documented for nearly 20 years.

According to statistics by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration (SAMHSA) for 1995 to 2001, “the proportion of substance abuse treatment admissions with co-occurring substance abuse and psychiatric disorders reported to SAMHSA’s Treatment […]

Recognizing Dual Diagnosis in Teens

Acknowledging and dealing with  a drug or alcohol problem is heartbreaking and challenging enough for parents of affected teens. But when your son or daughter doesn’t respond to addiction recovery treatment, what then?
The answer may be to investigate a dual diagnosis. Dual Recovery Anonymous defines this as “when an  individual is affected by both chemical dependency and an emotional […]

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Does the Brain “Trigger” an Addiction or Abuse Relapse?

One of the biggest challenges in addiction recovery is relapse – and medical science may be closing in on a reason why relapse occurs and how better to avoid it.
In June 2013, the University of California San Francisco reported findings of a study by its Ernest Gallo Clinic and Research Center suggesting that a brain pathway may be linked to […]

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