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

‘Must know’ facts about dual diagnosis treatment

‘Must know’ facts about dual diagnosis treatment

Dual diagnosis emerged as a concept over two decades ago. Also referred to as co-occurring disorders, it points to the copresence of both mental disorders and substance addiction. Some of the most prevalent coexisting disorders include heroin addiction and bipolar disorder, alcoholism and depression, etc. Read more

Important steps employed during management of co-occurring disorders

Important steps employed during management of co-occurring disorders

When an individual struggle with a substance use disorder (SUD) and a mental illness simultaneously, it is called dual diagnosis. According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), in any given year, at least 7-9 million people grapple with a co-occurring disorder. Moreover, 50 percent of the population suffering from an alcohol and drug addiction are also inflicted with a mental illness, such as trauma, depression, personality disorders, anxiety and depression. Read more

Ways stresses and strains spike substance abuse

Ways stresses and strains spike substance abuse

Stress is a normal but an inevitable part of one’s life. It is one of the major factors responsible for instigating an individual to abuse alcohol, drugs or other substances and increasing the risk of developing an addiction and relapse. The American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM) specified addiction as a chronic brain disease that inflicts serious behavioral, biological, social, emotional and physical problems that often leads to an inability to control substance abuse.

People usually calm themselves by indulging in a few puffs of a cigarette or a couple of drinks in order to relieve themselves from the stress and strains caused by increased emotional pressure. Additionally, they shift to cocaine and ecstasy with the objective of partying all night. Read more