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Opioid misuse common in adults with serious mental illness

Opioid misuse common in adults with serious mental illness

People with serious mental illnesses are more likely to indulge in substance abuse as a means to self-medicate. Compelling evidence has been put across in medical annals about the definitive link between the two. An example is a past research that indicated opioid misuse by depressed patients who had no history of substance abuse.     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

Teens using marijuana may get schizophrenic later

Teens using marijuana may get schizophrenic later

Teens are always at an increased risk of substance abuse and mental health disorders related to it. The teenage excitement is palpable in the adventurous deeds adolescents indulge in to get an adrenaline rush. Many of them, in a fit of exhilaration, also indulge in substance abuse. But they seem unaware that these deeds may have dire consequences, making them addicted for life. Continue reading