Gender Differences in Drug Abuse: Why Gender-Specific?

by baladmin | November 6, 2014

Growing Awareness of Gender Differences in Substance Abuse and Treatment According to recent studies, awareness of gender differences in drug abuse has been growing over the past 15 years. The research shows that men and women with substance abuse disorders are not the same, therefore gender-specific programming is ideal in drug and alcohol treatment. The prevalence […]

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How does Psychological Trauma affect Addiction?

by baladmin | July 28, 2014

Trauma, which means “wound” in Greek, is often the result of an overwhelming amount of stress that exceeds a person’s ability to cope with or process the emotions as a result of that experience. A traumatic event can involve one experience or repeated traumatic events which leave a person with a sense of being overwhelmed. […]

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What is Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder?

by baladmin | July 8, 2014

Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) is an anxiety disorder in which people have unwanted and repeated thoughts, feelings, ideas, sensations (obsessions), or behaviors that make them feel driven to do something (compulsions). Famous People With OCD Howie Mandel is known for his germ phobia and will go out of his way to avoid shaking a person’s hand. […]

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Major Depressive Disorder

by baladmin | June 26, 2014

Major Depressive Disorder is a serious mental illness that will often times accompany an addiction resulting in a dual diagnosis. People who have been diagnosed with Major Depressive Disorder exhibit the following features based on the American Psychiatric Association. Symptoms of Major Depressive Disorder (MDD) The person has 5 or more of the following symptoms […]

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What is Borderline Personality Disorder?

by baladmin | June 5, 2014

According to data from a sample of participants in a national survey on mental disorders, about 1.6 percent of adults in the United States have Borderline Personality Disorder. Research on the possible causes and risk factors for BPD is still at a very early stage. However, scientists generally agree that genetic and environmental factors are […]

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Bipolar Disorder & Substance Abuse Addiction

by baladmin | June 3, 2014

What is Bipolar? The term bipolar which means “two poles” signifying the polar opposites of mania and depression first appeared in the American Psychiatric Association’s Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM) in its third revision in 1980. Bipolar I Disorder at least one manic episode and one or more major depression episodes. equally […]

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Schizophrenia & Marijuana Abuse

by baladmin | May 29, 2014

The definition and classification of mental disorders is a key issue for addiction treatment service providers and those who may be diagnosed. For a mental state to classify as a disorder, it generally needs to cause dysfunction. There are many different categories of mental disorder, and many different facets of human behavior and personality that […]

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Undiagnosed Trauma Can Fuel Addiction

by baladmin | May 27, 2014

Undiagnosed Trauma & Self Medicating The dually diagnosed client is a person who is suffering from one or more mental illnesses while at the same time being actively involved in a substance abuse addiction. Trauma is a debilitating mental illness and is similar to the experience of PTSD. In an effort to alleviate the suffering, […]

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This Is The Brain That Does Drugs

by baladmin | April 10, 2014

Our study is telling us, it’s not ‘this is your brain on drugs,’ it’s ‘this is the brain that does drugs.’” Barbara Wood, Ph.D. is the Author of Children of Alcoholism and Raising Healthy Children in an Alcoholic Home commented on this study: The authors of this study suggest that vulnerability to drug use and […]

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Southern California for A New Life in Recovery

by baladmin | March 31, 2014

California is a leader in addiction treatment and recovery of drug abuse. Some of the most outstanding treatment centers are located in California, and most specifically in Orange County, California. When addicts and alcoholics think about participating in a recovery program, no matter where they currently live, going to rehab in California is usually a […]

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