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The Double Demons of Depression and Addiction

February 24, 2021

It is estimated that upwards of six in every 10 individuals with a drug abuse problem also have an associated mental health condition. This is known as dual diagnosis or a co-occurring disorder. There’s always a reason people start using drugs, and oftentimes it’s a pre-existing mental condition. It may be something as simple as curiosity that gets the ball rolling, but for some, there is a deeper reason to use drugs. Interestingly, it is a two-way street, as addiction may heighten the risk of developing a mental illness as well.

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Overcoming Depression and Addiction In 30 Days

January 19, 2015

Overcoming depression and addiction during a 30 day treatment program may seem like a tall order- and one that may be holding you back from seeking help. While 30 days may not be enough time for everyone to overcome depression and addiction, it is enough time to make a significant change in your life no matter who you are and what your situation is. There's no reason to wait. Depression and addiction often go hand in hand Depression and addiction often go hand in hand, and they are one of the most common dual diagnoses. A dual diagnosis is when…

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Are Depression and Addiction Hereditary?

January 7, 2015

Depression and addiction can sometimes be genetically-influenced. While not everyone who suffers from depression and addiction had to have a family history and not everyone with a family history will develop depression and addiction, people who do have a family history are faced with a significantly higher risk of developing them. The Genetic Link for Depression and Addiction Addiction has been shown to have a genetic link, as the children of clients of addiction face significantly greater risks of becoming addicted to substances themselves. This is outside of factors for environmental influences. Depression’s genetic connection is linked to a specific…

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Depression and Addiction: What You Need to Know As a Spouse

October 17, 2014

Depression and addiction is a common combination for a dual diagnosis. Learn more about what it means to have both depression and addiction, how depression and addiction are treated and how you may support your spouse in his efforts to get recovered. Depression and Addiction: A Frequent Dual Diagnosis A dual diagnosis is when a client of addiction has been diagnosed with at least one accompanying mental health disorder. It is not uncommon for the accompanying disorder to be a form of depression. Your spouse may have had depression prior to having an addiction. Some clients reach for substances such…

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Preventing Depression and Addiction

August 20, 2014

Depression and addiction are difficult to experience, but they can be treated. You can greatly reduce the odds of developing a dual diagnosis by engaging in measures of prevention although it should be noted that prevention cannot be guaranteed. The Dual Diagnosis of Depression and Addiction A dual diagnosis is when a client of addiction has been diagnosed with at least one accompanying mental health disorder. A dual diagnosis of depression and addiction can be particularly difficult to manage. Sometimes it appears as if the consequences of addiction have led to a client’s development of depression, other times clients attempt…

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Anxiety and Addiction: Dealing with Father’s Day Triggers

June 13, 2014

Anxiety and addiction can be especially difficult to cope with during family-focused holidays such as Father’s Day.   Many women in recovery struggle with family relationships, so spending the holiday with family may increase the risk for relapse.  Let’s take a look at some ways you can reduce stress this Father’s Day and have a positive holiday with your family. Overcoming Anxiety and Addiction: Coping With Family Anxiety and addiction are often seen together.  Why? Sometimes anxiety brings on the addiction as clients drink or consume substances in order to try to alleviate their anxiety symptoms on their own (i.e. drinking…

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Can I Beat Anxiety and Addiction at the Same Time?

May 16, 2014

Anxiety and addiction can be overcome at the same time, but the right kind of treatment makes a big difference. In fact, treatment for your mental health disorder and your addiction must be concurrent in order for you to be able to achieve success with overcoming both. Dual Diagnosis: Anxiety and Addiction Anxiety and addiction is a very common dual diagnosis. A dual diagnosis is when a client is diagnosed with addiction and at least one accompanying mental health disorder. Receiving a dual diagnosis is significant as it’s important that both the mental health and addiction are treated at the…

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Anxiety and Addiction: What Does a Panic Attack Look Like?

March 7, 2014

Anxiety and addiction very often appear hand in hand. One possible manifestation of anxiety and addiction is the panic attack. Learn what a panic attack is and what it looks like. Anxiety and addiction is one of the most common pairings for a dual diagnosis. A dual diagnosis is when a client has been diagnosed with both addiction and at least one accompanying mental health disorder. Dual diagnoses are quite common among female clients - another reason why drug rehab for women is such a great consideration for women with addiction. Drug rehab for women is equipped to handle dual…

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Anxiety and Addiction in Women

January 9, 2014

Anxiety and addiction often appear together, especially when it comes to female clients. Like any other dual diagnosis, it is very important that both anxiety and addiction are addressed and treated at the same time in order to achieve the most successful results in recovery. An Anxiety and Addiction Dual Diagnosis Many female clients receive dual diagnoses and anxiety and addiction is one of the most common. A dual diagnosis is when a client is diagnosed with addiction and at least one other accompanying mental health disorder such as anxiety, depression or bipolar disorder. It is unclear which develops first…

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Dual Diagnosis: Fighting the Stigma of Mental Illness

October 16, 2013

A dual diagnosis is when an alcohol or drug addiction is coupled with at least one mental illness such as depression or anxiety. For effective treatment of alcoholism or drug addiction, the mental illness must be treated as well. There is no need for shame. There are millions in your shoes if you suffer from a dual diagnosis and treatment for both the mental illness and addiction can make a big difference in your recovery. The Dual Diagnosis It may be a little frightening or confusing to receive a dual diagnosis. First things first, dual diagnoses are quite common and…

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