Category: Dual Diagnosis

Obsessive Compulsive Disorder and Substance Abuse

Many people in America suffer from mental illness and a drug or alcohol addiction that co-occur. These types of disorders often mask one another and can be hard to diagnose and treat. OCD Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) is an anxiety disorder that affects 3.3 million Americans. (1) The disorder causes the sufferer to feel an […]

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Can Harm Reduction and the Disease Model of Addiction Coexist?

We hope you enjoy this article from one of our guest writers, Gerald “Jerry”  Shulman. Treatment Solutions is honored to have Jerry contributing to our blog. Jerry is a pioneer in the field of substance use and dependency and we thank him for putting his good name behind our company. Look for more from Jerry […]

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Link Between Poverty and Mental Illness

While mental illness can affect anyone, there is new research that suggests that people with low incomes are more prone to it. Authorities hope that the study, which was published in the March issue of the Archives of Psychiatry, will be beneficial for dealing with public health issues. We already know that poverty leads to […]

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Mental Health Parity Act

Up until recently, and even now in many cases, people being treated for  mental health disorders have had more restrictions placed on them when it came to insurance coverage. New steps are being taken to provide equal benefits for those seeking help for their mental health. The Importance of Mental Health Mental health is a topic […]

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From the Desk of Jim Bevell – Schuler Tragedy and Accountability

Anyone who isn’t familiar with Diane Schuler at this point is either trying to avoid current events or is as oblivious as her husband. To bring everyone up to speed, Diane Schuler is the 36 year-old business executive who at 1:30 PM on July 26th 2009,  drove 1.7 miles in the wrong direction on a curvy highway […]

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The Connection Between Eating Disorders and Substance Abuse

A new technique that is being used among treatment facilities today is to look for and treat co-occurring conditions, such as substance abuse and mental illness.  Another disorder that has recently been linked to substance abuse is eating disorder. New research shows that up to 35% of substance abusers have eating disorders, and up to […]

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Connections between Poverty, Substance Abuse, and Child Abuse

The stories are heartbreaking; young children enduring painful physical and emotional abuse at the hands of their parents, and no one finding out about it until years later.  It has been suggested for a while now that poverty and substance abuse go hand in hand, and that many children that are abused are suffering at […]

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The Effects of the Current Economy on Substance Abuse and Mental Illness

The bleak economy has had many impacts on our lives as Americans.  In fact, you would be hard-pressed to find anyone who has not been affected in someway by the financial situation of the last few months. Money Trouble Money troubles are being spread to every aspect of life.  People who have invested their hard-earned […]

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Seasonal Affective Disorder and its Effects on the Body and Mind

For some people this time of year is, quite honestly, a struggle. It’s not just the hurry of the approaching holidays, or the long list of things to do, or the colder weather. For some people it is actually the decrease in daylight hours that cause their mood swings, and it can be very debilitating. […]

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