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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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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,…

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Clear Signs of Drug Use That Often Accompany Mental Illness

Clear Signs of Drug Use More than 43 million people experience some form of mental illness in a given year in this country. Whether it’s a mild form of anxiety or the severe onset of schizophrenia, mental disorders regularly affect a large portion of the country’s population. Unfortunately, not everyone who is ill seeks professional treatment for mental illness…

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Stages of Addiction Recovery

In 2018, over 21 million Americans needed treatment because of their substance use disorder, whether to drugs or alcohol. Addiction is a chronic disease. Thus, the healing process takes time. Addiction is complex. It involves both physical and psychological elements. Because of this, the stages of addiction recovery will be different for every person. Yet…