The Importance of Individualized Dual Diagnosis Treatment Plans for Successful Recovery

Dual Diagnosis Treatment Plans

Individuals with dual diagnosis, the co-occurrence of a mental health disorder, and substance abuse, face unique challenges when it comes to recovery. Effective treatment for dual diagnosis requires a comprehensive, individualized approach that addresses both conditions simultaneously. The one-size-fits-all treatment approach is ineffective in dual diagnosis cases because each patient’s experience with mental illness and […]

Exploring the Benefits of Dual Diagnosis Treatment

Dual diagnosis treatment is an important approach for clients suffering from mental health and substance use disorders. Dual diagnosis treatment focuses on the individual as a whole, providing holistic care that takes into account both the mental health and substance abuse issues at hand. By treating mental illness in tandem with substance abuse, dual diagnosis […]

8 Benefits of Dialectical Behavior Therapy for Addiction Treatment

Dialectical behavior therapy, or DBT therapy, is a type of psychotherapy that helps participants cope with life. It promotes skills that focus on acceptance and awareness as a foundation for behavioral change. The skills that participants develop, such as emotional regulation, distress tolerance, improving motivation and reducing dysfunctional behaviors, aren’t just talked about in the […]

Comorbid Drug Abuse & Mental Illness

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Morbidity & Comorbidity The term morbidity refers to the incidence of disease, & comorbidity is the occurrence of two disorders or illnesses in one individual. These disorders coexist when a person experiences the effects of both simultaneously, regardless of which disorder appeared first. The term is commonly used when describing a link between mental illness […]

Antipsychotic Medications Used in Treating Co-Occurring Disorders

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How Are Antipsychotic Medications Used to Treat Co-Occurring Disorders? Antipsychotic medications are often used to treat mental disorders such as depression, anxiety disorders, bipolar disorder (e.g., manic depressive), and Schizophrenia. Medication can treat but cannot cure the disorder. Side effects from antipsychotic medications vary with the individual and the medication. Co-occurring disorders are identified as […]

6 Tips for Managing Anxiety in Addiction Recovery

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Anxiety and substance abuse disorder are often co-occurring disorders and require dual diagnosis treatment. But entering an addiction recovery program doesn’t always relieve your anxiety. If you struggled with anxiety before you began using drugs, the problem will usually remain unless you seek treatment for the anxiety. Even if you didn’t struggle with anxiety before, […]

Benefits of Neurofeedback Therapy in Addiction Treatment

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Addiction generates and reinforces unhealthy communication patterns in the brain. Many people who struggle with substance abuse disorder have probably wished that they could just retrain their brain to ensure a successful recovery. Neurofeedback therapy offers that ability. It’s not magic; it’s an evidence-based technique that has been developed in recent decades for treating mental […]

Why Do We Have Drug Relapse Dreams?

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Leading research suggests that drug relapse dreams are rare for the majority of people who are currently sober. More than 60 percent of people newly sober report that they do not have relapse dreams. But for those who do have relapse dreams, it can produce strong anxiety. The research also points to the fact that […]

Alcohol Triggers Migraine Headaches

Alcohol Triggers Migraine Headaches

A migraine is a headache disorder characterized by recurrent headaches that are moderate to severe. Typically, these headaches affect one half of the head and are pulsating in nature, often with intense throbbing in a particular area. Migraine headaches can last for hours or days, and the pain can be so severe that it interferes […]