Dual Diagnosis/Co-Occurring Disorders

Verne Troyer: His Battles with Alcoholism and Depression

By | 2018-05-23T04:07:02+00:00 May 26th, 2018|

On April 21, 2018, Verne Troyer, the actor who shot to fame for his hilarious portrayal of “Mini-Me” in the Austin Power movies, died after a hard-fought personal war against alcoholism and depression. Although the Los Angeles County Coroner’s office has deferred an official cause of death pending further tests, spokesperson Ed Winter said, “He was admitted with a very high level of alcohol in his system.” Winter also noted that Troyer’s case was reported as a “possible suicide”. Did Alcohol Directly Cause Verne Troyer’s Death? Just weeks prior to [...]

The Death of Avicii: What it Teaches Us about Substance Abuse, Depression, and Suicide

By | 2018-05-23T03:55:47+00:00 May 23rd, 2018|

On April 20, 2018, Avicii – the internationally-famous DJ who was among the most successful in the world – took his own life while working in Muscat, Oman. Reportedly, he used broken glass from a wine bottle to cut himself, self-inflicting the wounds that killed him. He was only 28 years old. If the reports are true, this makes the circumstances of his suicide tragically apropos. For years, Avicii had struggled mightily with excessive problematic drinking. In fact, he suffered from a number of alcohol-related health problems that may have contributed to his desperate [...]

What Research Tells Us About Veterans and Their Addiction Risk

By | 2018-05-08T01:50:36+00:00 May 11th, 2018|

Why are American veterans at significant risk of addiction ? More importantly, what can be done to help? Members and veterans of the United States Armed Forces experience a very specific set of challenges and responsibilities not usually encountered by the rest of the civilian population. Regular deployment – moving from place to place Extended separation from family – frequently for months at a time Unique culture – drinking is often seen as a way to bond Combat service – needing to constantly be on alert Life or death situations – split-second decisions that [...]

Comparing and Contrasting: The 4 Types of Bipolar Disorder

By | 2018-05-11T21:58:51+00:00 December 5th, 2017|

Bipolar disorder has four distinct types and is a bigger problem than people realize. Currently, this disorder affects more than 5.8 million Americans. With the rates of mental illnesses rising in the U.S., it’s clear this battle will not end soon. The characteristics of bipolar disorder revolve around normal, manic, and depressive phases. The term “Euthymia” refers to having a normal mood. This ‘normal’ phase means being in a positive, tranquil, and stable mental state. In the manic phase, the individual has an abnormal elevated arousal state. As such, they could be feeling euphoric, [...]

The Reason Almost All Addicts Probably have a Co-occurring Disorder

By | 2017-09-12T21:46:24+00:00 August 7th, 2017|

Co-occurring disorders were once called dual diagnosis. The combine a mental health disorder with a substance abuse disorder. In a 2014 report by SAMHSA, there were nearly 8 million adult in the U.S. with co-occurring disorders. The reasons that people abuse substances can often be attributed to emotional reasons. Substances have the ability to numb pain from events in life that haven’t been dealt with. A co-occurring disorder can be defined by two disorders such as: Alcoholism and depression. Cocaine addiction and anorexia. Post-traumatic stress disorder and heroin abuse. Studies show that people who have [...]

Why Schizophrenia and Addiction Are Linked

By | 2017-07-05T18:04:16+00:00 July 21st, 2017|

What is the relationship between schizophrenia and the various forms of addiction? Substance abuse disorders often co-occur with mental illnesses. Although they are separate medical conditions, the relationship between addiction and mental disorders is closer – and more complicated – than most people realize. In fact, a person with a substance abuse disorder is more likely than not to also struggle with a comorbid psychiatric condition, and vice versa. According to the Journal of the American Medical Association: Among people with a mental illness, roughly half have a Substance Use Disorder (SUD). 53% of people [...]

Carrie Fisher – What We Know and What We Can Learn

By | 2017-06-21T16:46:54+00:00 June 21st, 2017|

When Carrie Fisher went into cardiac arrest and died in December 2016, everyone familiar with her struggles with alcoholism and drug abuse wondered if this was yet another tragic story about a Hollywood celebrity succumbing to personal demons. "My mom battled drug addiction and mental illness her entire live. She ultimately died of it. She was purposefully open in all of her work about the social stigmas surrounding these diseases." ~actress Billie Lourd, Carrie Fisher's daughter This week, the Los Angeles County Medical Examiner released its official autopsy report. Among the findings: The official Cause [...]

Is There a Possibility That Lyrica Can be Abused?

By | 2017-11-09T19:21:25+00:00 June 13th, 2017|

Is There a Risk of Lyrica Abuse or Addiction? Dr. Richard Bruce Silverman, a chemistry professor at Northwestern University, discovered Pregabalin and the FDA approved it in 2004 for treatment of fibromyalgia pain, neuropathic pain, and generalized anxiety disorder. Nobody is certain how it works as an effective means to stop partial seizures. The original intention of Pregabalin was that it would be approved for epilepsy but was only found to be effective for partial seizures. Pregalin is a drug that was FDA approved for convulsions as well as pain caused by nerve damage from diabetes or [...]

Is There a Link Between Addiction and Autism?

By | 2017-04-04T21:51:09+00:00 April 20th, 2017|

Autism is a mental condition that is a broad-spectrum disorder. It is mainly characterized by difficulty communicating, forming relationships and articulating abstract ideas. Autism may also be accompanied by sensory processing issues, such as discomfort in loud, busy places or wearing certain types of fabrics. These sensory issues may also be extended to touch by others and the types of foods one can tolerate eating. It is often referred to as Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). In the past, an autism diagnosis was often saved for those on the low-functioning end of the spectrum. These people [...]

Social Anxiety and Substance Abuse: What’s the Connection?

By | 2017-03-23T17:01:07+00:00 February 11th, 2017|

“… Research suggests that socially anxious people may be less likely to participate in group therapy or seek a sponsor. Also, higher levels of anxiety at the end of (treatment) have been shown to lead to a higher rate of relapse…” ~Dr. Julia Buckner, Louisiana State University Having anxiety is normal. Everyone suffers from some degree of social anxiety from time to time – meeting new people, speaking before large groups, going on a first date, etc. Having a social anxiety disorder – suffering from a debilitating fear of social situations – is NOT normal. [...]

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