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Can Alcohol Use Make PTSD Symptoms Worse?

By Northern Illinois Recovery Northern Illinois Recovery Author Beth Dunlap Beth Dunlap read more Published: June 8, 2021 Updated: June 29, 2021 PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder) is often accompanied by feelings of helplessness, suicidal thoughts, depression, self-harm, and anxiety. Those symptoms occur due to various traumatic experiences ranging from emotional, physical, verbal, mental, or sexual…

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A Look at the Dual Diagnosis Treatment Process

By Northern Illinois Recovery Northern Illinois Recovery Author Colin Moore Colin Moore read more Published: May 8, 2021 Updated: May 26, 2021 Mental illness and addiction are common issues in the United States. Both require treatment and supportive care so that people can live healthy, productive lives. People living with a dual diagnosis of mental…

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Treatment Options for Substance Use and Mental Health Conditions

By Northern Illinois Recovery Northern Illinois Recovery Published: April 3, 2021 Updated: May 6, 2021 Many people struggle with both substance abuse and mental health issues. When a person has both diagnoses, treating either issue can be more difficult. Figuring out which symptoms are caused by the mental health condition and which are a result…

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The Connection Between Bipolar Disorder and Addiction

By Northern Illinois Recovery Northern Illinois Recovery Published: October 10, 2020 Updated: November 25, 2020 In the past, many referred to bipolar disorder as manic depression. This disorder is marked by intense and sudden shifts in behavior, energy levels, and mood. Some believed that drug and alcohol addiction recovery should address severe mental conditions such…

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5 Signs You Have Co-Occurring Disorders

By Northern Illinois Recovery Northern Illinois Recovery Published: October 8, 2020 Updated: November 25, 2020 Addiction and mental health disorders are closely related. Mental health disorders can push someone to addictive tendencies. Similarly, addiction can lead to the development of certain disorders. When a person is suffering from mental health issues and addiction simultaneously, we…

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4 Common Co-Occurring Disorders That Require Treatment

By Northern Illinois Recovery Northern Illinois Recovery Published: September 9, 2020 Updated: October 28, 2020 Co-occurring disorders are common among people who are struggling with substance abuse. Many people who have substance use disorder also have a mental health condition. It works both ways, meaning people who have mental health disorders often abuse substances too.…

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The Importance of Dual Diagnosis Treatment for Co-occurring Disorders

By Northern Illinois Recovery Northern Illinois Recovery Published: May 15, 2020 Updated: May 13, 2020 By definition, a co-occurring disorder is a condition whereby you experience mental-related illnesses and substance use disorders at the same time. Dual diagnosis occurs in different forms when any mental illness (such as anxiety, depression, and psychosis) combines with an…

Do I need Dual Diagnosis

Do I Need Dual Diagnosis?

By Northern Illinois Recovery Northern Illinois Recovery Published: November 23, 2019 Updated: June 17, 2021 If you or a loved one is struggling with a substance use disorder, an addiction to drugs or alcohol, then you’ve likely heard the term dual diagnosis. Addiction is a complex disease with both physical and mental aspects. It can…