Medications for Addiction

by Balboa Horizons | April 7, 2016

The initial treatment for drug and alcohol addiction traditionally includes medication. The individual symptoms a person is experiencing will determine the type of pharmaceutical and/or supplement prescribed. Here are a few of the most popular types of medications that treat addictions and their co-occurring disorders: Antidepressants Many who struggle with addiction also battle depression. Antidepressants […]

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The Brain and Gut Connection with Addiction

by baladmin | February 26, 2016

You have probably heard the expression, “Trust your gut.” At one time or another, we have all had the experience of not trusting and having things go south. What explains this phenomena? Part of it can be understood through vagus nerve which connects the gut lining to the brain. The Enteric Nervous System (ENS) lives […]

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OCD and Addiction

by baladmin | August 27, 2015

According to the Journal of Anxiety Disorders, 25% of those who seek treatment for obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) also have a substance abuse disorder. OCD is the overwhelming need to do a task repetitively; such as, hand washing, checking locked doors, updating a calendar, counting calories, etc… Doing these tasks temporarily relieves anxiety. In some cases […]

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Dual Diagnosis: How Treatment Can Help

by baladmin | January 19, 2015

What is a dual diagnosis? A dual diagnosis, or co-occurring disorder, exists when a person has mental illness issues along with substance abuse problems. According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), around 8.9 million adults have co-occurring disorders How is it treated? While medication support can be a useful tool in […]

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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 the difference between Mental Illness & Psychological Health?

by baladmin | July 25, 2014

Many people think there is an obvious difference between mental illness and psychological health but very often the differences are misunderstood. Mental Illness refers to alterations in thinking, emotions or behaviors that create distress and impaired functioning for the individual. Mental illness is often a result of biological changes in the brain. Psychological Health Psychological […]

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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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