alcohol and ptsd have a clear connection

Can Alcohol Use Make PTSD Symptoms Worse?

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 abuse to surviving combat in war. The experience an individual undergoes or witnesses may not make itself clear at first as being…

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Treatment Options for Substance Use and Mental Health Conditions

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 of substance use can be challenging. An addiction treatment facility specifically experienced in dual diagnosis…

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The Connection Between Bipolar Disorder and Addiction

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 as bipolar disorder. As medical professionals understand co-occurring disorders better, dual diagnosis treatment is becoming…

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5 Signs You Have Co-Occurring Disorders

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 say they have co-occurring disorders. Co-occurring disorders can be difficult to diagnose. Mental health disorders…

man struggling with some of the common co-occurring disorders

4 Common Co-Occurring Disorders That Require Treatment

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. People with any mental health condition may end up doing drugs. Having a mental health…

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The Importance of Dual Diagnosis Treatment for Co-occurring Disorders

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 addiction (such as an alcohol use disorder). The importance of dual diagnosis treatment is evident…