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Dual Diagnosis: What Is It?

October 20, 2016

It's not uncommon for people who struggle with addiction to also suffer from depression, anxiety or a number of other mental health disorders. According to a recent National Survey on Drug Use and Health, 7.9 million American adults had both a substance use disorder and a mental health disorder.1 When an individual is diagnosed with these two conditions simultaneously, they're said to have a dual diagnosis or co-occurring disorders. A dual diagnosis is treatable, but many people don't get the correct treatment for their needs. This article explores dual diagnosis and discusses the integrated treatment that's essential to recovery. Understanding…

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The Relationship Between Mental Health and Drug Dependency

August 17, 2015

Six in every 10 individuals with a drug abuse problem also have an associated mental health condition. (1) 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. For some, there is a deeper reason to use drugs. Drug abuse is a form of self-medication for people who are unhappy, feel overwhelmed or who can’t cope with manic cycles. Understanding the relationship between drug abuse and comorbid conditions is critical to helping a loved one with an addiction problem. The Consequences of…

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Dual Diagnosis: The Link Between Addiction and Mental Illness

July 22, 2015

Drug addiction changes the way a person thinks, feels, and acts. For many, addiction is only half of the problem. The Journal of the American Medical Association reports that roughly half of all people diagnosed with a mental illness also struggle with drug or alcohol abuse. The interaction between the two disorders is complex, and it can be difficult to tell which came first. For example, a person with PTSD may self-medicate by using addictive drugs to ease their symptoms. Conversely, a person addicted to heroin may develop depression or symptoms resembling schizophrenia. Effective treatment for a dual diagnosis accounts…

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The Double Demons of Depression and Addiction

February 16, 2015

Depression and addiction all too frequently go hand in hand. Depression is one of the most commonly diagnosed and treated mental issues in the United States, and addictive disorders are also common co-diagnoses. When both an addiction and an underlying mental health disorder need to both be treated at the same time, in order to help the individual heal and begin the road to recovery, it’s called a dual diagnosis. Depression and addiction, together, are one of the most common types  of dual diagnosis for a number of reasons. Why Depression and Addiction Are Common Co-Diagnoses Individuals who are depressed…

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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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