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Dual Diagnosis

Health professionals give a dual diagnosis when a patient is found to suffer from a mental health disorder along with substance addiction. When there are co-occurring disorders, each issue needs to be addressed for a full and lasting recovery. Get the facts on other disorders commonly intertwined that may require a dual diagnosis. 

person suffering from social phobia

Social Phobia: Inside a Common Mental Disorder

By Elizabeth Seward

The anxiety behind social phobias can lead sufferers into substance use and addiction. Once this cycle of self-medication has s... Continue Reading

How AA Principles Saved Me From Suicide

By Patrick Biegler

According to a 2013 Center for Disease Control report, suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in the United States, with ov... Continue Reading

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Behind-the-Scenes of Self-Harm: What People Don’t Know

By Leia Rivera

One writer shares what it was really like to struggle with self-harming habits, why she did it, and how it has affected various... Continue Reading

4 Types of Social Media Posts That Trigger Eating Disorders

By Leia Rivera

Social media has allowed humanity to connect with each other at an unprecedented level. Every great invention, however, has its... Continue Reading

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The Effects of Anorexia on the Body

By Leia Rivera

Due to societal pressurse, anorexia nervosa has become a widespread serious mental condition. Continue Reading

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4 Signs that You Have an Eating Disorder

By Leia Rivera

Eating disorders are particularly difficult due to the vast symptoms that each person can develop individually. Here are a few ... Continue Reading

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The Blessing of Psych Meds in Recovery

By Lyn Geist

Many people in recovery are skeptical about taking medication, but some of us need it to fully get better. Continue Reading

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3 Warning Signs That Your Loved One is Suffering From Self-Harm

By Leia Rivera

Self-harm is sometimes hard to catch because, unlike other addictions that cause noticeable symptoms over a long period of time... Continue Reading

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How to Prevent Self-Harm When the Feelings Get Unmanageable

By Leia Rivera

Self harm can be irresistible and seemingly unstoppable in the moment of urgency, but it does not have to be this way. Here are... Continue Reading

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Losing It All: A Closer Look at Compulsive Gambling

By Tess Chedsey

Gambling addiction is a real disorder. Like any other addiction, it can spiral the addict's life out of control and bring miser... Continue Reading

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A Sex Therapist’s Response to Pamela Anderson’s Anti-Porn Piece

By Joanne Chu

Due to all the back and forth on this topic, we reached out to Stefanie Carnes, daughter of the famous Patrick Carnes, who is a... Continue Reading

Man experiences PTSD

5 Things You Need to Know About PTSD

By Liemann Valdimar

Although treatment for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is a well-established component in the mental health scene, there ... Continue Reading

Woman in recovery struggles with social media obsession

The Dark Side of Social Media

By Toshia Humphries

For individuals in recovery, social media can become another way to avoid, escape or distract oneself from reality. Continue Reading

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Conflict Addiction: Who It Affects and Why It Happens

By Kasey Cook

A conflict addict may be characterized as a person who will risk everything for the thrill of an argument and the subconscious ... Continue Reading

Woman shifts addiction from abusing substances to working out late at night

Substitute Addictions: A Dangerous Reality

By Toshia Humphries

Aside from sex, eating and gambling disorders, there are other substitute addictions that are much harder to recognize. Continue Reading