Use Gut Bacteria to Fight Anxiety and Depression
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Imbalanced gut bacteria may increase your risk of anxiety, depression, obesity and a host of other diseases. Learn how digestive bacteria can cause anxiety and find out how dietary changes can help ...

Self-Medicating? Consider Harm Reduction

Are you self-medicating to cope with stress, anxiety or depression? If abstinence is impossible right now, consider a harm reduction approach to limit the consequences of your self-medication choices.

Integrated Co-Occurring Disorders Treatment
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A history of drug or alcohol abuse greatly increases the likelihood of mental illness, and mental illness greatly increases the risks of substance abuse. Learn the facts.

Co-Occurring Disorders – A Treatment Matching Guide
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The 4 quadrant model provides a framework to help you understand what types of co-occurring disorder treatment you need most.

Overcoming Panic: A Practical Case Study
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Pragmatic and in-depth approaches are what it takes to overcome panic attacks.

Control Your Treatment: Be Active, Never Passive!
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Being passive in treatment yields poor results. You'll do better by learning how the process works and taking control of your treatment.

How to Spot and Squash Psychosis Before It Begins
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Psychosis: it affects 3%, but if you spot and treat it in the pre-illness phase you can stop the symptoms before they even get started. Learn the warning signs of the prodromal phase.

What Treatment Is Best for Co-Occurring Disorders?
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People with co-occurring disorders need treatment which integrates substance abuse and mental health therapies at the same time. Read on to learn more about 8 elements of effective co-occurring ...

SAD and Seasonal Alcoholism
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Don’t try chasing away those winter blahs with a few drinks to lift your spirits, you may be suffering from undiagnosed Seasonal Affective Disorder and by using alcohol as self medication you are ...

PTSD and Drug or Alcohol Abuse
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PTSD and substance abuse go hand in hand, and since each condition exacerbates the severity of the other, alcohol or drugs are never a good idea. Get help at a facility that combines effective ...

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Are you self-medicating to cope with stress, anxiety or depression? If abstinence is impossible right now, consider a harm reduction approach to limit the consequences of your self-medication choices.

Is Drug Abuse Making You Depressed, Or Is Depression Making You Abuse Drugs? © Dan Foy

Concurrent substance abuse and psychiatric conditions are a common and problematic occurrence; and unfortunately, the treatment is tougher and takes a long time. But recovery is possible, and needs to happen. The stakes of a concurrent disorder are too great, and both conditions tend to exacerbate the severity of the other. With appropriate treatment, and therapy and medications compliance; sober living and psychiatric symptoms remission is probable...but the first step is always to stop the abuse.

The Use of Antidepressants in Drug Treatment © Martinak15

The use of anti depressants in drug treatment is primarily in response to depressive episodes that may have preceded and influenced abuse, or may have been caused or worsened through the cerebral effects of abuse. Ideally, all that is required to better depressive symptoms is a cessation of use, but for some people, and for some drug withdrawals, the use of anti depressants in drug treatment offers real benefit.

Co-Occurring Disorders Treatment Overview © Princess Toadie

A history of drug or alcohol abuse greatly increases the likelihood of mental illness, and mental illness greatly increases the risks of substance abuse. Learn the facts.

Drug treatment for ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder) patients requires an understanding of the symptoms complications induced by the dual diagnosis of ADHD and drug or alcohol abuse, and an understanding of appropriate pharmacological interventions suitable to this group of dual diagnosis patients.

How to Spot and Treat Psychosis in the Pre-Illness Phase (It Never Has to Get Fully Symptomatic) © Indrani Soemardjan

Psychosis: it affects 3%, but if you spot and treat it in the pre-illness phase you can stop the symptoms before they even get started. Learn the warning signs of the prodromal phase.

Elements of Effective Treatment for People with Co-Occurring Disorders © Giampalo Macorig

People with co-occurring disorders need treatment which integrates substance abuse and mental health therapies at the same time. Read on to learn more about 8 elements of effective co-occurring disorder treatment programs.

Seasonal Alcoholism – The Link between Seasonal Affective Disorder and Substance Abuse © Visualpanic

Don’t try chasing away those winter blahs with a few drinks to lift your spirits, you may be suffering from undiagnosed Seasonal Affective Disorder and by using alcohol as self medication you are greatly upping your risk of a substance abuse problem.

About half of all ADD/ADHD patients will suffer an addiction to drugs or alcohol at some point. Learn why ADD/ADHD increases the risks for substance abuse, and more importantly, learn what's uniquely needed for effective ADD/ADHD and addiction treatment.

Hope for Families of Dual Diagnosis Addicts. Why Things Are Better Than They Seem! © Ashley Rose

Hope is vital. Without hope, family gives up and the dual diagnosis addict lose necessary and beneficial support. Learn why treatment works, and why you have to keep hope alive!

Dual Diagnosis: A Better Lifestyle For Better Health © _ambrown

All of us benefit from healthier lifestyle habits, but those feel-good benefits are exaggerated beautifully for those suffering a mental disorder. Get enough rest, eat well and get some exercise; it makes a big difference.

Dual Diagnosis…Don’t Diagnosis on Your Own! © It's Greg

With an increasing pop-culture awareness of mental health conditions there is a tendency for individuals or families to attempt a self diagnosis, and even to take treatment steps based in this self diagnosis. Don't do it!

Tough Love - for a Dual Diagnosis Patient - It's the Only Real Kind of Love © Thomas Hawk

Treat the disease, not the symptoms. Dual diagnosis addicts use manipulation as a way to continue to drink or drug, and family can only influence change through tackling the real root of the problem, and by being tough...tough love

Bi-polar sufferers who also abuse drugs or alcohol are 20 times more likely to commit suicide than the general population. This fact alone compels immediate treatment for anyone with a dual diagnosis of bi-polar and addiction. Don't wait to get help.

Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and Drug or Alcohol Abuse © The U.S. Army

PTSD and substance abuse go hand in hand, and since each condition exacerbates the severity of the other, alcohol or drugs are never a good idea. Get help at a facility that combines effective treatments for PTSD and substance abuse, and turn the corner to a brighter tomorrow.

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Overview
  • Dual Diagnosis Recovery: People with co-occurring disorders can recover from addiction, but addiction treatment generally takes a little bit longer and needs to be a little more intensive. For best results, treatment must address substance abuse and mental health issues concurrently.
  • Medication: Although most evidence based programs of addiction treatment respect the use of medications when appropriate, some philosophies of care and/or treatment programs do not. However, because medications for mental illness symptoms control are so necessary and because symptomatic mental illness greatly hampers addiction recovery, people with co-occurring disorders should not consider any treatment program that does not allow/encourage medicated treatment when appropriate.
  • Detox: Because the abuse of many drugs can induce symptoms that mimic those of mental illness (cocaine psychosis, for example), it can be difficult to accurately diagnose a co-occurring disorder patient until after the detox process is well completed.
Co-Occurring Disorders