woman suffering from mental illness during a pandemic

Coping with Mental Illness During a Pandemic

Getting through everyday life in these unprecedented times is no small feat, and this struggle is even more challenging for people dealing with mental illness. Understanding ways to cope with mental illness during a pandemic might save your life. Outbreaks of infectious diseases such as COVID-19 can be frightening and can negatively affect your mental…

woman wondering what is dual diagnosis

What is Dual Diagnosis?

Dual diagnosis is the occurrence of substance use disorder and a mental illness simultaneously within one patient. A study by the National Survey on Drug Use and Health found that there are approximately 9.2 million Americans with a dual diagnosis. Individuals with dual diagnosis may develop either condition first. The interactions between the two conditions…

Alcoholism and Young Adults

Alcoholism and Young Adults

Why Don’t Young People Reach Out For Help With Alcoholism? “Alcohol isn’t really a drug…” “Alcohol is legal!” “It’s not as deadly as heroin- you know what your getting!”   Many young adults who meet the diagnosis for alcohol use disorder aren’t seeking treatment, because they don’t think they have a problem. In a recent…

Exercise and Drug Addiction

Exercise and Drug Addiction

Food, Exercise and Drug Addiction: A Strange Combination Eating healthy, exercise and drug addiction may seem like an odd combination, however recent studies show that exercise could decrease substance abuse and reinforce abstinence, while healthy eating may increase mood and long-term recovery. Exercising while using drugs is not recommended and could be very dangerous due…