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What Helps and Hinders Recovery from a Dual Diagnosis?

People with a dual diagnosis are simultaneously affected by a diagnosable case of substance use disorder (substance abuse/addiction) and a diagnosable case of a separate mental health disorder. Mental health professionals and addiction specialists are well-aware that affected individuals commonly have worse outcomes than their counterparts only dealing with substance use disorder or only dealing…

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Gamblers, Alcoholics Share Risk/Reward Brain Changes, Differ on Cost Assessment

Addiction researchers have firmly established that some of the damaging brain changes found in people with non-substance-based behavioral addictions are roughly equivalent to the damaging changes found in the brains of people addicted to drugs, medications or alcohol. In a study published in 2014 in the journal Addiction Biology, a team of German researchers compared…