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How Do People With Dual Diagnosis Avoid Relapsing?

Dual diagnosis is the term used to describe the overlapping combination of diagnosable substance use disorder (substance abuse/addiction) and separately diagnosable mental illness. In the U.S., millions of people have some form of this condition, which can present tremendous challenges during treatment and recovery. In a study published in September 2014 in the Journal of …

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Should You Hide Your Mental Illness at Work?

If you have a mental illness, you’re far from alone. According to statistics from the National Institutes of Health, 26.2 percent of American adults, or one in four, have a diagnosable mental health condition. This means you are just one among nearly 58 million Americans struggling with mental illness. Statistically, you likely work with people …

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How Does Drug Craving Manifest in People Addicted to Prescription Opioids?

Drug cravings are prominent urges to consume more of a mind-altering drug or medication. The presence of these urges is one of the symptoms that doctors look for when diagnosing various forms of substance use disorder (substance abuse/substance addiction). In a study published in September/October 2014 in The American Journal on Addictions, a team of …

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Are You Addicted to Your Smartphone? Watch For These 15 Signs

Smartphones are becoming an increasingly ubiquitous part of daily life, but how do we draw the distinction between ordinary use and addiction? Dr. David Greenfield, an expert in technology and Internet addictions, suggests that as many as 90 percent of Americans overuse, abuse or misuse their smartphones, and he has developed a diagnostic quiz to …

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Marijuana Use Increases Risk for Nicotine Addiction

Current scientific evidence suggests that people who smoke cigarettes and nicotine-containing tobacco products have an unusually high chance of becoming consumers of marijuana. However, relatively few researchers have considered a reverse scenario in which the use of marijuana increases the odds of nicotine addiction. In a study published in September 2014 in the journal Substance …

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Self-Centeredness vs. Self-Care in Addiction Recovery

In the Big Book of Alcoholics Anonymous, it states that alcoholism is a disease of self-centeredness. This can also be said of addiction to any substance or any unhealthy behavior, such as gambling or sex addiction. While you were actively addicted, your need to drink or drug trumped any other need or it definitely came …

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Using Phrases Like ‘Rock Bottom’ Is Easy; Living With Them Is Hard

One of the most widely repeated pieces of advice on dealing with addiction in a loved one is that “tough love” is the best approach. He or she has to hit “rock bottom,” you’re told, and when that happens, there will be a tremendous transformation. The son or daughter who once wanted nothing but to …

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