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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 […]

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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 […]

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The very mention of the word “prostitute” may conjure images of women in black fishnets and knee-length boots, engaging in sexual acts in isolated dark alleyways of metropolitan cities. But with the ever-growing rates of substance abuse and addiction, the image of a sex worker in the minds of suburban dwellers has undergone a drastic […]

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In a society founded on age-old dictates and conventions, there is no doubt that lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) people face wider discrimination and experience acute stress at every stage of life. Studies show that these stigmatized sexual minoritiesmanifest higher levels of anxiety, depression, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and other mental health disorders. […]

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The hand-in-glove association between mental illness and addiction is nothing unfamiliar. It’s a well-known fact that the two conditions exist because they feed on each other. It goes without saying that individuals experiencing bouts of depression often resort to an easy escape route to find relief from their agonizing state of mind. One cannot ignore […]

homeless people with dual diagnosis
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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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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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