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Ways to manage emotional stress to stop substance abuse

Ways to manage emotional stress to stop substance abuse

The close relationship between substance abuse and mental issues is a known thing. Family disputes, relationship troubles, job conflicts, health issues, etc. are some of the usual triggers of stress that may over time induce a person to seek the help of substances, such as alcohol, drugs, etc. Stress, being an inevitable part of one’s life, can fall heavy on a person and push him or her toward an addiction, if not handled with strong will and determination. Continue reading

Comorbid psychiatric disorders and substance use disorder may manifest themselves in varying degrees

Comorbid psychiatric disorders and substance use disorder may manifest themselves in varying degrees

There is always a possibility of substance use disorder and mental health illnesses to occur simultaneously which is commonly known as dual diagnosis. Though either one of them may appear first, the need for diagnosing both of them becomes a necessity for the overall health of an individual. For example, a mental disorder may not be diagnosed until the symptoms have increased to a certain specified level. Therefore, establishing the causality or directionality of both the disorders are not at all easy. Still, three scenarios deserve attention in which probably each contributes in varying degrees to how specific comorbidities could manifest themselves: Continue reading

Why do substance use disorders often co-occur with other mental illnesses?

Why do substance use disorders often co-occur with other mental illnesses?

Substance use disorders and mental illnesses often go hand in hand as people addicted to drugs have twice the higher risk of developing mood and anxiety disorders as compared to general people and vice-versa. According to the 2015 National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH), around 8.1 million adults (3.3 percent of all adults) reported co-occurrence of any mental illness (AMI) and substance use disorder (SUDs) in the past year, while 2.3 million adults (1.0 percent of all adults) were suffering from co-occurring serious mental illnesses (SMI) and SUDs in 2015. Continue reading

Treatment for substance abuse, mental illness during reformation may help tackle recidivism

Treatment for substance abuse, mental illness during reformation may help tackle recidivism

“Once a criminal, always a criminal,” they say. It may be true in some cases, but certainly not in all. For some, crime is the way to life. However, in many cases, the tendency to commit repeat offense emanates from a substance use disorder (SUD), a mental illness, or both – a condition known as dual diagnosis or co-occurring disorders. The tendency to go back to jail, also termed as “recidivism,” can sometimes be blamed on any of the three conditions mentioned above, it has been found. And the way American jails are overcrowding, recidivism is seen as a major contributor to it.

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Depression and the road to substance abuse

Depression and the road to substance abuse

Depression, a mental disorder that affects millions of people across the world, keeps the patients away from living a normal and happy life by triggering life-disruptive mood, cognitive, psychiatric and physical problems. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), approximately 7.6 percent of the Americans in the age group 12 and above suffered from this psychiatric disorder during 2009 to 2012. Though the effects of depression are more pronounced in the case of women and elderly, the above eye-opening statistics reveal the increase in the magnitude of this disorder across all age groups. Continue reading

N-acetylcysteine: Potential pharma intervention to treat post-traumatic stress disorder and substance use disorder

N-acetylcysteine: Potential pharma intervention to treat post-traumatic stress disorder and substance use disorder

The co-occurrence of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and substance use disorder (SUD) often turn out tobe a challenging situation for people suffering from both the problems simultaneously. As it is often difficult to know the source of the symptoms, it is quite problematic to diagnose dual diagnosis.However, a new drug is paving new grounds for a potentially more effective treatment for the coexisting diseases like PTSD and SUD. Continue reading

Easy tips to quit smoking for people with mental illness

Easy tips to quit smoking for people with mental illness

Nicotine is one of the most addictive and harmful substances. A large number of people are acutely dependent and addicted to nicotine for  reasons, such as relieving stress, fighting depression, and mood betterment. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), cigarette smoking is more common in people with mental illness. Nearly 36 percent of individuals who have been diagnosed with some form of mental illness smoke cigarettes. However, only 21 percent of those without mental illness smoke cigarettes. Continue reading

Mental Illness Awareness Week: 7 substance-induced mental health disorders

Mental Illness Awareness Week: 7 substance-induced mental health disorders

Mental illness and substance abuse are common problems among Americans. These can affect people from all walks of life, irrespective of gender and age. Although treatable, the two often overlap in an individual resulting in being diagnosed as a single ailment as well as in combination with the other (also known as dual diagnosis). Continue reading

Prevalence of co-occurring disorders among homeless people

Prevalence of co-occurring disorders among homeless people

Co-occurring disorders, also known as dual diagnosis, imply a condition in which an individual suffers from both a mental illness and a substance use disorder. A few of the common co-occurring disorders are alcoholism and depression, anorexia and cocaine dependence, and anxiety and prescription drug dependence. The condition is characterized by a higher craving for the drug of dependence, sadness, depression and irritability. According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), around 7.9 million adult Americans were suffering from co-occurring disorders in 2014. Continue reading

5 most common co-occurring disorders

5 most common co-occurring disorders

Mental illness and addiction are two of the most prominent health issues in the United States. An individual facing any of these has different experiences to share. While the conditions usually strike people independently, these can also occur at the same time in an individual. Such co-existence of two conditions is referred to as a co-occurring disorders. Continue reading