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

Arizona veteran overcomes PTSD and addiction, bags city council post

Arizona veteran overcomes PTSD and addiction, bags city council post

Safford’s city council’s newest elected member has an untold success story. Chris Taylor has years of war deployments, a struggle with addiction, and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) behind him. Open about his past during his campaign, Taylor won his seat in November with the highest vote.  Read more

Carrie Fisher passes away following a massive heart attack

Carrie Fisher passes away following a massive heart attack

Carrie Fisher (60), the actress who played the role of Princess Leia in “Star Wars” passed away on December 27, 2016, four days after a massive heart attack during a flight from London to Los Angeles. The actress was being treated in the ICU of the Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center in Los Angeles hospital. Read more

Dual diagnosis: A stepwise treatment approach

Dual diagnosis: A stepwise treatment approach

A recent report by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) revealed that nearly 7.9 million US adults struggled with a psychological disorder co-existing with a substance or alcohol addiction, in 2014. Surprisingly, just a small fraction of these individuals seek treatment for both the disorders, whereas a majority receives no treatment at all. Read more

The cause and effect relationship of depression and substance abuse

The cause and effect relationship of depression and substance abuse

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimated that 10 percent of Americans suffer from depression. According to the reports published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, around 50 percent of individuals with severe mental disorders also struggle with substance abuse, whereas 37 percent of alcohol abusers and 53 percent of drug abusers have at least one serious mental illness.

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