Dual diagnosis presents a unique set of challenges in terms of successful rehab. Patients and their caregivers are dealing with a mental disorder as well as a substance addiction. For best results, both conditions should be treated at the same time. Results of a recent study indicate that patients in a residential rehab program show significant improvement that continues […]
Look up the term “golden boy” in a dictionary and you’ll see a picture of Rob Lowe. He spent his teenage years in Malibu hanging out with Sean Penn and Charlie Sheen. When he broke into movies, his talent and good looks made him a charter member of the popular Brat Pack of the 80s. But all these advantages […]
Depression is the most pervasive mental disorder affecting our society. It’s estimated that roughly 350 million people worldwide are affected, resulting in it being classified as the leading cause of disability. Even so, it’s often difficult to diagnose. Healthcare professionals must rely on a checklist of symptoms, knowing that the condition can manifest itself in different ways.
However, this may be about to […]
Many celebrities have entered rehab to address problems with drug and alcohol use. However, many young female stars continue to struggle with another substance: food. Pop singer Kesha is the latest to turn to rehab to deal with an eating disorder.
In January 2014 the singer entered rehab for treatment of anorexia and bulimia. Kesha originally stated that it would […]
Actress Lindsay Lohan was back in the headlines recently. Unfortunately, it had nothing to do with her movie career. She has reportedly admitted to relapsing into alcohol use after her latest stay in rehab during the summer of 2013.
The confession stems from an incident documented on her reality show Lindsay, aired on Oprah Winfrey’s OWN network, revolving around Lohan’s […]
While much has been done over the years to raise awareness about substance abuse, there are still several misconceptions surrounding the nature of addiction and rehab. These myths contribute to the lingering shame often felt by those suffering from addiction. As a result, many are reluctant to reach out for the help they need.
Are you struggling with a substance […]
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.