Archive: Blog, Dual Diagnosis, Mental Health

Dual Diagnosis: Histrionic Personality Disorder and Addiction

February 14th, 2017

“About a third of all people experiencing mental illnesses and about half of people living with severe mental illnesses also experience substance abuse,” according to the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI). When two disorders occur together, this occurrence is called a dual diagnosis. Dual diagnoses require appropriate recognition of the conditions and adequate treatment […]

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Impulse Control Disorder (ICD) and Substance Abuse

January 23rd, 2017

Impulse control disorders (ICDs) and substance abuse are linked in two primary ways. First, ICDs—or behavioral addictions—share many characteristics with substance-abuse traits, according to the National Center for Biotechnology Information. Some of these commonalities include: Phenomenology, referring to “urges,” cravings, intoxication (getting “high”), and withdrawal. Natural history, or a person’s chronic behavior or substance use, […]

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Borderline Personality Disorder And Addiction

July 1st, 2016

If you or someone you love is addicted to drugs, there is a chance that borderline personality disorder may be an influence. Upon diagnosis, understanding this disorder, its influence on addiction, and its treatment method is crucial to regaining control of your life and beating addiction for good. Understanding Borderline Personality Disorder Borderline personality is […]

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Dual Diagnosis Treatment And Recovery

June 7th, 2016

What Is Dual Diagnosis? The term “dual diagnosis” can be used in two different ways. First, it identifies a health problem and second, it defines the treatment method used to treat the problem. For the sake of simplicity, we will discuss the term “dual diagnosis” as it refers to the problem. According to the National […]

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Anxiety and Addiction: A Co-Occurring Disorder

February 17th, 2016

Many people do not realize that other disorders can go hand-in-hand with drug or alcohol addiction. However, once the addiction is researched more fully, a well-rounded perspective can be achieved. A person dealing with the diagnosis of two illnesses, such as anxiety and addiction, is a person with a dual diagnosis. If you think you […]

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Do Rehab Centers Treat Both Depression And Addiction?

September 17th, 2015

Since you have acknowledged the struggle with drug or alcohol addiction, you have noticed that there is more to the problem than meets the eye. Dependency on drugs can often be associated with a greater mental and emotional struggle. Some people who face the challenges of addiction find themselves feeling lost, hopeless, sad, angry, or […]

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Bipolar Disorder and Substance Abuse – Are They Connected?

March 27th, 2014

What Is Bipolar Disorder? According to the National Institutes of Health, bipolar disorder is a “brain disorder that causes unusual shifts in mood, energy, activity levels, and the ability to carry out day-to-day tasks.” These shifts can impact the individual’s ability to function in normal life, which can lead to a need for treatment. The […]

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