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    What Does the Affordable Care Act Mean for Dual Diagnosis Treatment?

What Does the Affordable Care Act Mean for Dual Diagnosis Treatment?

President Barack Obama’s Affordable Care Act has continued to generate heated discussion, both pro and con. While many Americans focus on its role in providing health insurance for all, there are actually a number of reforms included in the law. What effect does it have on treatment for substance addiction and dual diagnosis?

The ACA has identified ten essential benefits that are […]

Traveling For Dual Diagnosis Treatment

If you or a loved one are coping with a dual diagnosis, the question of where to go for treatment is of particular importance. It’s essential that you enter a program that’s qualified to treat both mental disorders and substance addiction. Traveling to a residential facility is often the best answer for many patients.

A change of venue is helpful […]

How To Prevent Old Abuse Patterns

Successful treatment of a substance addiction is a proud achievement. You’ve proven to yourself that you’re strong enough to overcome the grip of drugs and alcohol. Now that you’ve broken the cycle, use your new awareness to prevent situations and behaviors that can lead back to old abuse patterns.

Individuals who have relapsed admit that it wasn’t a spur-of-the-moment occurrence. […]

Dual Diagnosis For Seniors

Substance abuse is not a problem reserved for the young. Seniors have their own situations that can result in addiction. This condition is compounded when co-existing with a mental disorder in dual diagnosis. Understanding some of the concepts behind it can help you support your loved one in dealing with this affliction.

According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services […]

Dual Diagnosis For Teens

For every generation, adolescence has been a time of emotional turmoil as teenagers try to figure out their emerging place in the world. If your child suffers with dual diagnosis, this additional struggle can become nearly unbearable. Understanding some of the issues they’re facing can help you give them the support they need.

With dual diagnosis, teens present a mental […]

Dual Diagnosis For Men

Dual diagnosis is an equal-opportunity condition. This co-existence of mental disorder and substance addiction can befall any individual regardless of age, gender, education or financial status. Since successful treatment is tailored to each person, it’s important to understand some of the factors that predominantly impact men.

Unlike women, men often develop an addiction first. The mental disorder then arises as a result […]

Dual Diagnosis For Women

Dual diagnosis, which is the coexistence of both substance addiction and mental disorder, can manifest itself in a number of different ways. Successful treatment is tailored to each individual because no two people have the same experience. However, women do face specific challenges that should be taken into account when going into recovery.

One difference to consider is the physiological […]

Addiction and Eating Disorders: A Double-Edged Sword

When people hear the term “dual diagnosis”, indicating the presence of both substance addiction and mental illness, they often think primarily of mood-altering disorders such as depression or post-traumatic stress. However, drug and alcohol abuse often goes hand-in-hand with eating disorders, creating a special challenge for successful addiction recovery.

Studies indicate that approximately 50 percent of individuals suffering from an eating disorder also abuse […]

Aftercare: Paving the Way to Continued Recovery

Successful addiction recovery for dual diagnosis patients includes treatment of the co-existing mental disorder. Once treatment has concluded, the ongoing job of maintaining sobriety begins. As with any type of substance abuse, there’s a danger of relapse that may be complicated by the additional illness. However, with a strong foundation and careful planningyou can avoid temptation and continue to enjoy your newly […]

Self-Medicating Mental Disorders: A Road to Dual Diagnosis

With studies showing that at least 50 percent of individuals with addiction problems have a co-existing mental disorder, healthcare professionals have focused on factors that cause this condition. The stage is often set for dual diagnosis when a person with mental illness begins using drugs and alcohol to self-medicate.

In the beginning, an individual may not even realize a disorder is […]