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Understanding How Dual Diagnosis Treatment Can Help You

Many people consider mental illness and drug addiction to be separate issues. However, current research demonstrates the importance of treating these mental health conditions together. People who struggle with substance use disorders may suffer from co-occurring mental illnesses. These may include depression, anxiety, and bipolar disorder. In some cases, a person’s underlying mental health disorders…

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What to Expect in Dual Diagnosis Treatment

Many people who struggle with mental illness also have diagnosable substance abuse issues. When someone has both conditions, it is known as having a dual diagnosis. Often, people with a dual diagnosis are only treated for their substance abuse or addiction. If they do not get help for their mental illness, their symptoms may lead…

alcohol addiction affects a man's mental health

How Alcohol Addiction Can Impact Your Mental Health

People with mental illness often have symptoms that are difficult to manage without supportive mental health care. Many people turn to substances, including alcohol, to help them cope with the uncomfortable symptoms of their mental illness. This is called “self-medication.” Addiction to substances is common in people with mental health issues because so many people…

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The Importance of Stress Management for Addiction Recovery

Financial issues, relationship problems, stress at work, healthcare issues—life can be full of stress that makes us want to run away and hide. When stressful situations arise, people often look for ways to escape them. We can cope with stress in a variety of ways. Some of the ways are healthy, adaptive, and effective. Other…

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Do I Struggle With a Dual Diagnosis?

Addiction and mental illness are common issues in the United States. Both require treatment and supportive care so that people can live healthy, productive lives. People living with a dual diagnosis of mental illness and addiction are especially high-risk and have a higher rate of violence and suicide. It can be hard to determine if…