Meth and mental health – the most worrying cause of dual diagnosis

Meth and mental health – the most worrying cause of dual diagnosis

On a bright sunny Friday morning, 24-year-old Jenny Lewis walked into a needle exchange program in Los Angeles. Seeking help for an addiction to meth and heroin, she had all the traits of a person ravaged by drugs. Arms disfigured by needle marks, sore wounds filled with pus, and a puffed face with scabs all over, she looked much older than her age.

After surviving a near overdose death a few days ago, Lewis approached a needle exchange program saying that she was tired and exhausted of going through the vicious circle of making money and doing drugs every single day. A near-death experience had finally put some sense in her and now she wanted to overcome her addiction and live a clean, sober life. Read more

Rehab challenges faced by criminal offenders and treatment counsellors

Rehab challenges faced by criminal offenders and treatment counsellors

Substance abuse treatment for those in the criminal justice system is slightly different from the one used for the general population. People in criminal justice face a host of challenges during their stay at a rehab facility. They may have a history of psychosocial problems, like interpersonal conflicts with family members, difficulty in sustaining long-term relationships, trouble in gaining and retaining a job, lack of educational and vocational skills, anger and stress management, and emotional and psychological disorders, which may complicate their rehab experience. Further, these issues might pave the way for the development of other mental disorders such as anxiety and depression, converting the treatment process to that used in dual diagnosis treatment centers. Read more

Authorities seek more state funding for SUD treatment in NY prisons

Authorities seek more state funding for SUD treatment in NY prisons

Nick recently got arrested for the ninth time in a matter of four years. The cause of his latest arrest was no different from the earlier eight times – drugs. Nick’s is a story shared by a large number of people in the United States who are languishing in prisons for years due to their drug-related offenses. Ironically, most of them suffer from substance use disorders (SUD). Read more

How alcohol may worsen depression

How alcohol may worsen depression

Generally, people consume psychoactive substances like alcohol in the moments of happiness and sorrow, good and bad times, low and elevated mood, etc. However, one must understand that the persistent consumption of alcohol over a long period can actually lead to addiction, develop new complications and worsen the existing mental illnesses. Read more

Alcohol can impair interoceptive accuracy in men, finds study

Alcohol can impair interoceptive accuracy in men, finds study

Drinking is the most common coping mechanism to deal with stress and anxiety symptoms. Due to the tendency, adults can develop an alcohol use disorder (AUD) over time. In fact, some researches show that individuals with a panic disorder are always at risk to have an AUD. Although prior studies have identified establishment of alcoholism due to anxiety, there remains uncertainty regarding what mediates the relationship between booze and the mental condition. Read more