depression

Depression and Addiction: Get the Facts

Everyone gets the blues now and then. When those feelings of melancholy and despair linger for weeks, not days, it can be a sign of something more serious. Depression affects 1 in 10 Americans, but the depression rate among those struggling with addiction is even higher. According to the Department of Health and Human Services,…

The Deadliest Intoxication

The Deadliest Intoxication

Painkillers and alcohol are everywhere. They’re also the fastest rising cause of emergency room visits in the United States, with the number of people seeking treatment for combined overdose rising 300 percent between 1999 and 2010. Prescription drugs, such as painkillers and benzodiazepines, mixed with alcohol are the newest and deadliest mix. What to Know…

The Role Despair Plays in Addiction

The Role Despair Plays in Addiction

Many people can attest to the fact that times are hard — maybe harder than they’ve ever been, or at least since The Great Depression. The cost of living continues to rise while jobs continue to be scarce. Even for those fortunate enough to find work, the pay is usually well below what is needed…

Dual Diagnosis: A Common, Complex Problem

Dual Diagnosis: A Common, Complex Problem

On December 14, 2012, twenty-year-old Adam Lanza killed twenty children and six adults at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut. Lanza then shot himself in the head, taking with him any chance of understanding why he committed such a terrible crime. In the aftermath of the shootings, new media reported Lanza may have suffered…

Your Rehab Stay Could Uncover a Dual Diagnosis

Your Rehab Stay Could Uncover a Dual Diagnosis

Your Rehab Stay Could Uncover a Dual Diagnosis When entering a rehabilitation program, most expect to be treated only for their addiction. However, during treatment clients can uncover underlying disorders that go beyond addiction. These mental health issues can even be one of the causes of substance abuse. A proper dual diagnosis is essential in…

Addiction and Eating Disorders – A Dual Diagnosis

Addiction and Eating Disorders – A Dual Diagnosis

Eating disorders, such as anorexia and bulimia, and addiction used to be considered unrelated. When both were present in a patient, mental health professionals used to focus more on the substance abuse as it was deemed the primary and more dangerous affliction. Recent studies, however, have revealed a direct connection between the two. In fact,…

Effective Drug Rehab for Veterans

Effective Drug Rehab for Veterans

Effective Drug Rehab for Veterans There are cases of drug addiction where substance abuse is accompanied with mental health disorder. This is what is known as co-occurring disorders or dual diagnosis. The two problems can easily overlap and often one contributes to or causes the other. The types of drugs that are often abused have…