Dual Diagnosis/Co-Occurring Disorders

The Tragic Story of Margot Kidder: Lois Lane, Dual Diagnosis, Overdose, and Suicide

October 1st, 2018|

The news is full of stories about overdoses lately. But people can become numb to statistics, graphs, and charts. Sometimes it takes a human story to understand the importance and urgency that the subject of addiction demands. Addiction and recovery are complicated topics. It gets even more complex when one takes mental health into consideration. Many people don’t realize the important role that mental health plays when it comes to addiction. In fact, most people assume that any mental health disorder is a result of someone’s substance abuse. This view is counter-productive. It prevents

Mental Health And Addiction – How A Co-Occurring Disorder Is Treated

February 10th, 2018|

The Definition Of A Co-Occurring Disorder When someone has a mental health diagnosis and a substance abuse problem simultaneously, they are considered to have a co-occurring disorder, also known as a dual-diagnosis. A person has to have a mental health disorder and be abusing alcohol or drugs like alcohol, cocaine, heroin, opioids, or methamphetamines to receive a dual-diagnosis. According to the Substance Abuse Mental Health Services Administration (SAMSHA), the National Survey on Drug Use and Health reported that more than 7.9 million people had a co-occurring disorder in the United States in 2014. Undoubtedly,

PTSD and Drug Abuse: What it’s Like To Be A Veteran Struggling With Addiction

November 20th, 2017|

For years now, many veterans have had to deal with the effects of combat exposure. While many transition back into society, others struggle with PTSD and drug addiction. Posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) occurs when someone goes through stressful or traumatic events. Examples of such events include accidents, violent or sexual assault, the death of a loved one, terrorist attacks, and war. Others include kidnappings, torture, and robberies. Studies show at least 20% of veterans from the Iraq and Afghanistan wars developed PTSD. Unfortunately, half of them never went to a doctor. Moreover, those who

Gambling Addiction Misconceptions: The Risk of Great Loss

September 4th, 2017|

Statistics say that 80% of Americans have tried gambling and 5% of those players will end up with a gambling addiction. Problem gambling is an umbrella term that sums up all types of the gambling addiction symptoms. They are very similar to substance abuse behaviors. A gambling addiction compromises every aspect of a person’s life including finances, family, and career. The National Council on Problem Gambling state the gambling symptoms cause a person to bet more money on a more frequent basis. A gambler will become restless if they try to abstain from playing.

13 Reasons Why I Became an Addict

August 12th, 2017|

Have you ever wondered why people become addicts? Here’s 13 different stories from now-recovered addicts. There are as many reasons why addicts started using as there are addicts. Every addict has their own story, their own understanding of the world, and their own causes for their addiction. Researchers have yet to point to a single defining factor to determine whether or not someone becomes an alcoholic. Current understanding describes the cause of addiction as a combination of both biological and environmental factors. Biological factors refer to anything that happens before birth, particularly the genes that

Klonopin High: The Ins and Outs of This Dangerous Addiction

August 6th, 2017|

Klonopin is one of the most dangerous and difficult drugs to be addicted to. And doctors are prescribing thousands of pills daily. What drugs do you think of when you consider the most brutal addictions? Painkillers? Heroin? Meth? Crack? All of the above are vicious addictions to live with. However, addicts continue to fall victim to a wider variety of pharmaceuticals than before. When taken in excess, different psychiatric medications produce significant highs in the user. Adderall is a common example of a psychiatric medication used to excess. However, one medication in particular is

Ritalin Versus Adderall Versus Concerta: Which ADHD Drugs Pose the Most Risk for Abuse?

July 8th, 2017|

Ritalin, Adderall, and Concerta are all popular and effective prescription medications used for the treatment of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). Unfortunately, however, each drug also brings along a serious risk of abuse. That comes as a surprise to some people. Most people hear the term "prescription drug abuse" and think of opioid painkillers such as Vicodin or OxyContin. Sometimes, they might also consider benzodiazepine-class medications such as Xanax or Valium. But what is often overlooked is that prescription stimulants such as Concerta, Adderall, and Ritalin are also popular drugs of abuse, especially among

What is Trauma-Informed Care and Is It Important During Addiction Treatment?

April 3rd, 2017|

“Traumatic events challenge an individual’s view of the world as a just, safe and predictable place. Traumas that are caused by human behavior commonly have more psychological impact than those caused by nature.” ~ American Psychological Association, APA Dictionary of Psychology There is no question that traumatic experiences shape both mental processes and behavior – which is why trauma-informed care is such a crucial element of addiction treatment. However, there is often a misunderstanding regarding both what trauma looks like and how it interacts with addiction and its treatment.  In an effort to clarify these

PTSD and Substance Abuse – The Two Go Hand-in-Hand

February 28th, 2017|

PTSD and substance abuse go hand-in-hand. This is because many people with PTSD use drugs and alcohol to cope. Understanding post-traumatic stress and learning how to treat the symptoms without the use of mood or mind-altering substances is essential to treating this debilitating condition. What is PTSD? Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is a mental health problem that develops as the result of a trauma or serious injury. PTSD is a psychiatric disorder, although it does not necessarily represent a lifelong diagnosis. While PTSD is often associated with combat-related veterans who develop the condition after combat,

The Ins and Outs and Ups and Downs of Bipolar and Addiction

February 16th, 2017|

Bi-polar and addiction don’t mix – but try telling that to someone who is addicted and Bipolar. The fact is, drugs and alcohol can initially have a calming effect on the Bipolar brain, which is why so many people with Bipolar become addicted. Using marijuana, alcohol, cocaine, or prescription meds offers temporary and immediate relief not experienced by legally prescribed medications. However; with time, addiction prevails. Soon, the use of drugs and alcohol becomes an addiction and all hell breaks loose. What You Should Know About Bipolar Disorder Bipolar Disorder is classified as a severe