Importance of a Dual Diagnosis in Rehab

The most effective kind of rehab for substance use disorders is that which addresses all the varied needs of the patient as an individual. This means screening for and treating mental illnesses alongside addiction. It is common for someone who abuses substances to have a mental illness as well. Up to half of all people…

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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…