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Navigating through the death of a loved one during addiction recovery

Navigating through the death of a loved one during addiction recovery

Amy and her family were elated beyond measure when they discovered that after a long and strenuous hormonal treatment, Amy could finally conceive. This happened almost after a decade of her wedding. However, as luck would have it, the child was born premature and could not survive beyond two days. Undeniably, no grief in the world can compare the loss of a child and that too for those who had to tread the path of an arduous journey of assisted reproductive technology (ART). Gradually, Amy’s husband resumed his office and would keep a check on her every now and then, since she had recovered from alcohol addiction and on a sabbatical. However, he was forever worried that Amy might relapse. Continue reading

Specialized treatment approach needed for dual diagnosis patients

Specialized treatment approach needed for dual diagnosis patients

Alcohol or drug abuse leads not just to an addiction problem, but other complications as well. Excessive use of drugs or alcohol can trigger the onset of mental illnesses or veil their symptoms under its impact. For instance, people who feel lost or depressed indulge in drinks or drugs to cope with emotions of hopelessness or lack of self-esteem. And then there are people with signs of severe bipolar disorder who tend to self-medicate through drugs like heroin. Continue reading

Specifics of exacerbated mental illness from substance abuse

Specifics of exacerbated mental illness from substance abuse

Mental illness can bring about many complications in one’s life in many different aspects. While some are unable to meet responsibilities due to struggles with depression, others experience family struggles due to bipolar disorder. And those who choose to turn to illicit drugs as a means of better adaptation only exacerbate their symptoms in the process. Continue reading

Hollywood celebs who battled dual diagnosis

Hollywood celebs who battled dual diagnosis

The death of actor Robin Williams made the world sit up and take stock of a medical condition that has usually been swept under the carpet. He suffered from dual diagnosis, also known as co-occurring disorder, which eventually claimed his life.

When someone experiences a mental illness and a substance abuse problem simultaneously, it is called dual diagnosis. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), a person who is addicted to drugs or alcohol is twice as likely to suffer from a mood and anxiety disorder as someone who is not addicted. The reverse is also true. Continue reading