Dual Diagnosis/Co-Occurring Disorders

30 05, 2019

National Mental Health Month 2019: Dueling Diagnoses

2019-05-30T15:29:23+00:00May 30th, 2019|0 Comments

“Health systems and related stakeholders must commit to understanding and integrating the individual, their needs, and the dueling conditions which impact their lives to effectively identify tools and strategies that reduce the tension among providers of care, services, and supports, and allow the whole individual to emerge along a pathway to recovery.” ~ Mental [...]

20 03, 2018

The Link Between Marijuana Addiction and Mental Illness in Washington State

2019-01-30T17:51:38+00:00March 20th, 2018|0 Comments

Is there a connection between regular marijuana use and mental illness? In Washington State, where recreational use is legal, it is definitely worth finding out. Legal Marijuana in Washington State – The Positives On the first day of legal recreational marijuana sales in Washington State, supporters enthusiastically showed up in [...]

7 01, 2018

How Trauma and Addiction are Connected

2019-01-25T23:55:53+00:00January 7th, 2018|0 Comments

The True Definition Of Trauma Unfortunately, trauma is a part of life. Research suggests that most people experience some kind of trauma even before they become an adult. Trauma is defined by the dictionary as “a deeply distressing or disturbing experience.” If you think of trauma in this way, you might consider anything that [...]

30 11, 2017

The Most Common Medical Problems For Addicts

2019-01-26T00:14:12+00:00November 30th, 2017|0 Comments

Most people know that addiction is a major issue. But the effect of drugs on health can be startling. There are many severe medical problems for addicts. This includes psychological and physical health problems. Some of these medical problems are short-term. Others are long-term or fatal. The list of problems is truly endless. If [...]

11 11, 2017

Reform Needed: How We Should Be Addressing Addiction Issues Among Veterans

2019-01-30T21:55:51+00:00November 11th, 2017|0 Comments

“Respecting our veterans includes providing them the ways and means they so desperately need to reintegrate into our lives and serve us again as productive members of our civilian community.” ~ Charles B. Rangel Veterans of the U.S. military often face a higher risk of substance abuse and addiction. This is especially if they [...]

15 10, 2017

Depression, Addiction and Your Brain: How to Tackle a Co-Occurring Disorder

2019-01-31T00:00:49+00:00October 15th, 2017|0 Comments

“Addiction and depression are tough enough to deal with alone. Together their negative effects multiply. But the good news is that treatment that works on both issues can lead to good outcomes.” ~ Dr. David Sack, writing for PsychologyToday The difficulty of dealing with depression is indescribable. The seemingly impossible feat of overcoming addiction [...]

1 10, 2017

14 Interesting Facts about Seasonal Affective Disorder

2019-02-03T00:19:59+00:00October 1st, 2017|2 Comments

Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) affects between 4-6% of Americans, according to the American Association of Family Physician. Another 10% to 20% will experience a mild version of SAD. Usually, children and teenagers don’t experience symptoms of SAD. It tends to affect women over the age of 20. SAD is a seasonal mood disorder relating [...]

15 08, 2017

Traumatic Brain Injury and It’s Link to Addiction

2019-02-03T01:01:32+00:00August 15th, 2017|0 Comments

There are nearly 2 million traumatic brain injuries (TBI) that occur in the U.S. every year. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMSHA) had this to say about TBI: 52,000 people die per year. 275,000 will be hospitalized. 80% receive treatment and are released from emergency rooms. This is an illustration of how few [...]

23 07, 2017

What is borderline personality disorder and does it relate to addiction?

2019-02-03T01:12:42+00:00July 23rd, 2017|0 Comments

Borderline personality disorder was a recently recognized disorder in 1980. When you compare it to other psychiatric disorders, it is quite behind on research. This has caused it to be misunderstood by the public which perpetuates the feeling of isolation the disorder causes. Some people are highly functional with BPD but it’s likely their private [...]