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  • 4 steps to help homeless people with dual diagnosis

    Posted on: 06-29-2016 Category: Dual Diagnosis, Mental Health, Rehabilitation
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    The U.S. Department of Housing and Development’s (HUD) 2015 Annual Homeless Assessment Report (AHAR) to Congress notes on any given night in the U.S., 564,708 people are homeless. Between 10 and 20 percent of these individuals have co-occurring mental health and substance abuse issues. In 2014, nearly 50,000 veterans were homeless. Over 40 percent of…

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  • The impact of new research into schizophrenia on individuals with dual diagnosis

    Posted on: 05-06-2016 Category: Dual Diagnosis, Research
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    Earlier this year, researchers discovered a genetic variation peculiar to people with schizophrenia. The possibility of an underlying organic cause for the disorder could lead to more precise treatment. But this development may not be any consolation to individuals with co-occurring schizophrenia and a substance abuse disorder. Complement component 4 and SETD1A Scientists have long…

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  • Schizophrenia and the increased mortality associated with benzodiazepines

    Posted on: 02-16-2016 Category: Dual Diagnosis, Health and Wellness, Mental Health
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    “Somewhere between the ages of 19 and 21, I was exposed to the mathematical idea of fractals. I began to think obsessively about fractals and infinity. I thought I was going to discover some incredible and fabulous mathematical principle that would transform the way we view the universe. This delusion occupied my thoughts all day…

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  • Violence and mental illness: A complicated relationship

    Posted on: 12-09-2015 Category: Behavioral Health, Dual Diagnosis, Mental Health
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    Recent discussions on gun violence and mass shootings are centered on the topic of mental health. Despite the prevalent belief that mental illness is linked to violence, only about 4 percent of violent incidents in the U.S. are attributed to mental illness. While some mental health disorders — such as schizophrenia, psychosis, substance abuse and…

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  • Social phobia linked to alcohol abuse in teens

    Posted on: 05-28-2015 Category: Addiction Treatment, Dual Diagnosis
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    While many individuals across their life span are affected by alcohol addiction, adolescents and teenagers are significantly impacted by this substance abuse disorder.  Alcohol use disorders result in significant physical, social, economic and global complications. In 2013, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration estimated that almost 700,000 adolescents between the ages of 12…

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  • The adverse effects of combining Post-traumatic Stress Disorder and substance abuse

    Posted on: 05-26-2015 Category: Addiction Treatment, Alcohol Addiction, Drug Rehab, Dual Diagnosis, Mental Health, Psychological Trauma
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    Because post traumatic stress disorder (PTS)  is so jarring, some with this condition may often seek relief in various forms. Unfortunately, this may mean certain individuals turn to substance abuse, which can conversely worsen symptoms of PTSD. Research has shown that more than half of individuals with PTSD also experience alcohol dependence, while about one…

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  • Sovereign, Addiction Hope to host Tweet Chat Q&A on addiction, co-occurring disorders

    Posted on: 04-20-2015 Category: Addiction Treatment, Alcohol Addiction, Dual Diagnosis, Treatment Center Staff
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      Join Sovereign Health’s Dr. Meghan Marcum, Director of Clinical Excellence, for a Tweet Chat hosted on Twitter. The Q&A will be held on Tuesday, April 21st at 10 a.m. PST/ 12 p.m. CST/ 1 p.m. EST. Addiction Hope, a fellow resource for information and support for addiction and mental health disorders, will support the…

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  • Understanding the connection between insomnia, alcoholism and suicide can aid treatment

    Posted on: 04-16-2015 Category: Alcohol Addiction, Dual Diagnosis
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    Plenty of ink has been devoted to the discussion of the relationship between alcoholism and suicide. Alcoholics have a disproportionately high risk of committing suicide; individuals with alcohol dependence have a 60 to 120 times greater suicide risk than the non-alcoholic population. Alcoholics frequently battle depression; by attempting to self-medicate with alcohol, which itself is…

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  • Recovery can be scary but coping techniques offer help and hope

    Posted on: 04-15-2015 Category: Addiction Treatment, Dual Diagnosis
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    A whole new, healthy, calm, productive world awaits those who find their way onto the road of addiction recovery, right? Ideally, yes, but in reality that road is not always a smooth ride. Insecurity, anxiety and fear can create obstacles that must be identified and dodged, if long-term sobriety is to be won, or recovery…

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  • Paranoia can ‘destroy ya’: Paranoid personality disorder creates destructive effects and treatment challenges

    Posted on: 04-15-2015 Category: Behavioral Health, Dual Diagnosis, Mental Health
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    Imagine a life defined by the constraints imposed by fear and suspicion. Every waking hour is spent locked inside a prison of your own delusional making, seemingly safe from all the people perceived to be out to cause you harm. Trusting no one, life is devoid of relationships or emotional connections. Anger from long-lasting grudges…

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