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With soaring rates of addiction resulting from the prevailing opioid crisis, studies suggest that mental health problems and substance abuse are increasingly colliding with each other at complex junctures. According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), more than 650,000 opioid prescriptions are written on an average day in the country. The […]

Alcohol second-most popular self-medicating option for people battling social anxiety
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“I was very shy – with strangers – I couldn’t talk to people. And I found if I had a drink, it would loosen me up. The barriers went down and I became very social. That’s what got me started.” These words from iconic American entertainer Richard “Dick” Wayne Van Dyke would shock many people, […]

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“My mom struggled with drug addiction and mental health problems her entire life. She ultimately died of it. She was purposefully open in all of her work about the social stigmas surrounding these diseases,” said American actress Billie Lourd, while speaking about her mother, Carrie Fisher’s, death. According to the coroner’s report, Fisher had traces […]

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“When I started opening up with my family, I realized that my father never got the help he needed,” said Dan Blackman who grew up in a small town in northwestern Pennsylvania, where people battling mental disorders or substance use disorders (SUDs) had little or no recourse to professional support and treatment options. Everybody from […]


Out of the estimated 38.6 million people experiencing two most common mental disorders – anxiety and depression – almost 19 percent were handed a minimum of two prescriptions for opioids during a given year, a recent study conducted jointly by the researchers at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center and University of Michigan has found. Brian Sites, the […]

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When an individual shows symptoms of both a mental illness as well as a substance use disorder (SUD), he/she is said to be living with a serious condition known as dual diagnosis. The condition comprises any combination, such as cocaine addiction and bipolar disorder (BD); alcoholism and PTSD; opioid use disorder and depression; marijuana addiction […]

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The very word “addicts” conjures up images of homeless people who have hit rock bottom and are largely without jobs and money. But, in today’s world of cutthroat competition, the reality is very different. Workplace stress and job pressures often push people to the verge of a mental breakdown or exacerbate an existing psychiatric condition. […]

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“I was born with drugs in my system,” she said speaking about her childhood in a family with addiction. Dressed in an orange prison uniform, 28-year-old Sarah Jefferson (name changed), an African-American drug offender from Chesterfield Square in South Los Angeles, is fighting a raging battle within as she experiences the throes of withdrawal. One […]

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Adeline (name changed), a 65-year-old living in the Arlington Heights neighborhood in Central Los Angeles often complained of weariness and fatigue which were the result of daily bouts of depression she faced. A short ascent to her apartment on the first floor would leave her gasping for breath and she found it impossible to carry […]

Dual diagnosis: A crisis rampant among war veterans
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An individual exposed to trauma is generally vulnerable to post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). In turn, he/she resorts to substance abuse to alleviate the pain caused by PTSD and ends up becoming a victim of both past traumatic experience as well as substance use disorder (SUD). Soldiers, marines, airmen and sailors, in particular, those on perilous […]