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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 […]

By |November 7th, 2013|Addiction Recovery, Alcohol / Alcoholism Recovery, Drug Info, Drug Rehab Treatment, Dual Diagnosis, General Addiction, Uncategorized|Comments Off on Self-Medicating to Ease the Pain – the Issue of Dual Diagnosis|

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. […]

By |November 5th, 2013|Addiction Recovery, Alcohol / Alcoholism Recovery, Drug Info, Drug Rehab Treatment, Dual Diagnosis, General Addiction, Uncategorized|Comments Off on What Parents Should Know About a Dual Diagnosis and Their Teen|

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 […]

By |October 17th, 2013|Alcohol / Alcoholism Recovery, Drug Rehab Treatment, Dual Diagnosis, General, General Addiction, Uncategorized|Comments Off on Recognizing Dual Diagnosis in Teens|

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 […]

By |October 15th, 2013|Addiction Recovery, Alcohol / Alcoholism Recovery, Drug Rehab Treatment, General, General Addiction, Uncategorized|Comments Off on Does the Brain “Trigger” an Addiction or Abuse Relapse?|

Stay the Course During the Holidays

Addiction recovery is challenging enough at any time of year, but the holidays can bring extra pressure. Parties, office gatherings and even the sense of loneliness that sometimes accompanies the season can compromise the alcohol rehab goals of you, your child or other loved one or friend.
Getting a handle on the holidaysOne good thing about the holidays – they […]

By |October 8th, 2013|Addiction Recovery, Alcohol / Alcoholism Recovery, General, General Addiction, Uncategorized|Comments Off on Stay the Course During the Holidays|

What Does Addiction Recovery Look Like For Those In Dual Diagnosis Rehab?

Dual diagnosis treatment is actually a fairly new idea. Up until around the year 1990, patients who struggled with mental illness were treated separately from those who suffered from a substance abuse problem. It is not uncommon for these diagnoses to overlap each other, and when they did in the past, professionals usually required patients to get sober before they would […]

By |October 1st, 2013|Drug Rehab Treatment, Dual Diagnosis, Success Stories, Uncategorized|Comments Off on What Does Addiction Recovery Look Like For Those In Dual Diagnosis Rehab?|

Choosing a “Destination” Addiction Treatment Center

The quest for addiction recovery – for you, for your child or for another member of your family – may take you down some new and different paths.
For some patients, the comfort and familiarity of home is ideal for aiding recovery; for these individuals, a localized addiction treatment center may be the best choice.
But others may want to investigate […]

By |September 24th, 2013|Addiction Recovery, Drug Rehab Treatment, Uncategorized|Comments Off on Choosing a “Destination” Addiction Treatment Center|

Does Social Networking Encourage Addictive Behavior?

It’s no secret that young adults spend a lot of time engaged in social media– teens and college students, after all, were the first adopters of Facebook. So it’s fair to wonder about the influence of social networks in triggering or reinforcing risky behavior or compromising addiction recovery. In its annual back-to-school survey of students, CASA (Columbia University’s National […]

By |September 19th, 2013|Addiction Recovery, Blog, General Addiction, In the News|Comments Off on Does Social Networking Encourage Addictive Behavior?|