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Mental Disorders From Drug Use: The Complicated Case of the Dual Diagnosis

Often, we think of mental disorders as causing substance use disorders. Sometimes, however, it’s the drugs that cause the resulting mental condition. Mental disorders from drug use typically happen over time. When someone abuses a class of drug such as opioids or benzodiazepine for a long period, it causes changes to take place inside the brain. As…

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The Dangers of Binge Drinking

It’s common for people to consume alcohol when they get together to enjoy each other’s company. However, some people go beyond having a glass of wine or two at dinner. They find themselves continuing to drink to excess, sometimes for hours. That leaves them vulnerable when it comes to their physical, mental, and emotional health.…

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Top 3 Risks of Alcohol Abuse

Excessive drinking could lead to a variety of short and long-term side effects. The severity of the issues depends on how much alcohol a person consumes each day and other factors like family history, any co-occurring mental health issues, and personal stresses that could drive a person to start drinking too much. At Promises Five…

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Substance Abuse Group Therapy Activities: What They Are and Why They Help

As part of your treatment for substance use disorder, you’ll engage in substance abuse group therapy activities. Some of these activities teach skill-building, others may focus on learning to be a team player. Regardless, group therapy activities such as these boost your recovery in positive ways. What Are Substance Abuse Group Therapy Activities? Substance abuse…

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Substance Abuse Preventions: Spotting the Signs of Mental Illness

Substance Abuse Preventions Substance abuse preventions typically begin in the home. That’s to say, children who see parents or other caretakers commonly using drugs are more likely to begin using drugs themselves. This is referred to as a risk factor for addiction. Unfortunately, thousands of parents in this country self-medicate with drugs and alcohol. As a result,…