Mental Health and Dual Diagnosis
Struggling with a dual diagnosis puts an extra twist on addiction and its treatment. Dual diagnosis means addiction plus a mental health concern—depression, anxiety, bipolar, schizophrenia. Can people with a dual diagnosis still find help in 12-step meetings? A new study says yes. The study (to be published in 2014) focused on 294 young adults […]
A recent study of British young men leads researchers to believe that gang members are more likely to have psychiatric problems and the majority of them had drug or alcohol problems. The study included 4,664 male gang members between 18 and 34 years old. They were from areas that had a lot of gangs, ethnic […]
The events of 9/11 caused stress levels to soar. Such emotions can make people pick up old, unhealthy habits. One habit that many reverted to was cigarette smoking. A recent study found that about 1 million former smokers had started again due to stress from 9/11. The researcher, Dr. Michael Pesko, analyzed reports showing annual […]
Do you drink large amounts of alcohol? Are you feeling down and hopeless? Do you also have difficulty concentrating and remembering? Studies find that there is a strong connection between heavy drinking and depression. Some people may drink to cope with depression, and people who have depression may drink to cope. According to a study, […]
I have treated many addicts who are struggling with substance abuse while trying to medicate mental health symptoms. These dually diagnosed addicts get sober and then decide that they don’t want to take their mental health meds. Where does this lead them? Typically, it leads them right back to drugs and alcohol — looking for […]
The city of Miami, Florida usually has some strange events surrounding the holidays but this weekend’s event seems to raise the bar. On Sunday, a naked man was found eating another man’s face off while on the sidewalk off a highway. Surveillance cameras captured the officers arriving at the gruesome scene. The police reported that […]
Practices around the world are using pure MDMA as a tool in therapy to help overcome feelings of post traumatic stress disorder. MDMA is the active ingredient in ecstasy, a drug that was popularized by the rave/club culture. Practicing therapists who use MDMA in their practice are upset that the abuse of this drug has […]
Mental illness and addiction to drugs and alcohol commonly go hand in hand and in order to recover from both an individual may need to go to a specialized dual diagnosis treatment center that is capable of treating both diseases.
It is not uncommon for individuals who struggle with addiction to be dual diagnosed with another mental disorder such as bipolar or depression. In order to stop addiction and get help for the mental disorder both are going to need to be addressed with professional help. There are addiction treatment centers that specialize in dual diagnosis.
Individuals who struggle with anxiety disorders often turn to alcohol and drugs to self medicate and take the edge off. This will often lead to addiction and the need for an addiction treatment facility. Addiction treatment can help individuals cope with their anxiety disorder as well as their addiction.