When the annual Boston Marathon takes place this year on April 21, one of the entrants will be a man named Chris Herren. His story would be no different than that of any other runner except for two important facts. It demonstrates that no segment of society is immune to substance addiction and recovery can result in a full, […]
Dealing with a dual diagnosis means treating the mental disorder as well as the co-existing substance addiction. In some cases the illness is triggered by the drug abuse, while in others the addiction is a result of self-medicating. Regardless of the origin, learning to manage your mental health is a vital factor of continued recovery.
The first step is understanding that […]
If you have a loved one suffering with dual diagnosis, your first priority is offering support for their recovery. Don’t underestimate the impact this illness has on you and other family members as well. Learning to deal with these effects is a crucial factor in helping your loved one.
You will likely find yourself undergoing some of the same emotions as the patient. […]
Addiction happens in the brain. It begins benignly, following the same path that encourages us to do all the important basic life activities we repeat every day, like eating when we are hungry or drinking when we are thirsty. Our brains are wired to repeat these activities by associating the activity with a feeling of pleasure or a reward.
President Barack Obama’s Affordable Care Act has continued to generate heated discussion, both pro and con. While many Americans focus on its role in providing health insurance for all, there are actually a number of reforms included in the law. What effect does it have on treatment for substance addiction and dual diagnosis?
The ACA has identified ten essential benefits that are […]
If you or a loved one are coping with a dual diagnosis, the question of where to go for treatment is of particular importance. It’s essential that you enter a program that’s qualified to treat both mental disorders and substance addiction. Traveling to a residential facility is often the best answer for many patients.
A change of venue is helpful […]
Substance abuse is not a problem reserved for the young. Seniors have their own situations that can result in addiction. This condition is compounded when co-existing with a mental disorder in dual diagnosis. Understanding some of the concepts behind it can help you support your loved one in dealing with this affliction.
According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services […]
For every generation, adolescence has been a time of emotional turmoil as teenagers try to figure out their emerging place in the world. If your child suffers with dual diagnosis, this additional struggle can become nearly unbearable. Understanding some of the issues they’re facing can help you give them the support they need.
With dual diagnosis, teens present a mental […]
Dual diagnosis is an equal-opportunity condition. This co-existence of mental disorder and substance addiction can befall any individual regardless of age, gender, education or financial status. Since successful treatment is tailored to each person, it’s important to understand some of the factors that predominantly impact men.
Unlike women, men often develop an addiction first. The mental disorder then arises as a result […]