help for alcoholism and depression

Like a peanut butter and jelly, alcoholism and depression often coexist together. On their own, either depression or alcoholism is a devastating disorder. Together, these comorbid disorders seem to feast off each other, each worsening the symptoms of the other. This makes the dual diagnosis of alcoholism and depression inherently dangerous, as about 90% of […]

Effects of Drug Use and Mental Health

The connection between drug use and mental health disorders is a powerful one.  Drug and alcohol addiction is itself included in the list of mental health disorders as defined in the DSM-5.  The presence of a co-occurring mental health disorder, also known as a dual diagnosis, only complicates an already complex problem. Approximately 43 million […]

What is Dual Diagnosis Treatment

What is Dual Diagnosis Treatment? Imagine the difficulty of living with not only a substance use disorder, but suffering with a mental health disorder at the same time.  Just one or the other is a difficult cross to bear, but put them together and daily life can be severely impacted.  Increasing numbers of people are […]

PTSD and Addiction

The Link Between PTSD and Addiction The deep-seated emotional effects of having experienced a life-altering trauma will often result in the use of coping techniques to help soothe the pain.  Those who suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) have a particularly difficult journey, as the pain and suffering connected to the traumatic event or events […]