Dual Diagnosis Related Posts

It’s an emotional time when you realize that you need treatment for a substance abuse problem or co-occurring disorder. There are so many questions that come to mind and so many details that need to be worked out: Inpatient or outpatient? How long will treatment take? How much will it cost? How will they get […]

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It is not uncommon to find that a drug created for one purpose may be used to treat other issues as well, and interesting new options for addressing addiction have experts taking notice. As we better understand how addiction and brain disease overlap, scientists are discovering new treatment methods in already established medications. Options being […]

Creative people and addiction

History is filled with wonderfully creative individuals who came to tragic ends. The commonality of artists struggling with alcohol, drugs or mental illness leads people to begin linking the two. But does creativity really correlate with addiction or mental health issues like depression and bipolar disorder? Is there a scientific connection? The answer is both […]

Lance Armstrong’s two-night interview with Oprah Winfrey was about two specific topics: Is he being honest now and is he sorry. After the cameras were turned off, other players in the story weighed in with their responses and shared additional details that made it even harder to determine the truth. As much as we speculate, […]

Being diagnosed with an illness or disorder can be life-changing, and determining who to share that information with is a personal decision. There may be fears that disclosure will negatively affect career opportunities or cause others to view you differently. This same thinking and reluctance to speak openly leads to the stigmatization of certain health […]

In addition to President Obama’s win on election night there were some smaller but noteworthy victories in the field of mental health. One came after seasoned reporter Tom Brokaw used the term “schizophrenic” to refer to some American voting patterns that seemed to be all over the place. “I am amazed by the schizophrenia of […]

When it comes to healthcare, we often focus on physical ailments, but there are many psychological issues that affect millions in the US. These mental health concerns impact work and home life and cost our country billions of dollars. OCD (obsessive-compulsive disorder) is a psychiatric disorder that affects approximately 2.2 million American adults each year […]

More people are suffering with mental issues than previously thought, and those issues, especially when untreated, can contribute to addiction problems. There may be twice as many people struggling with mental health issues than previously thought, according to a new study completed by two Duke University psychologists in partnership with colleagues from the U.K. and […]