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How Do People With Dual Diagnosis Avoid Relapsing?

Posted on January 27th, 2015

How Do People With Dual Diagnosis Avoid Relapsing?Dual diagnosis is the term used to describe the overlapping combination of diagnosable substance use disorder (substance abuse/addiction) and separately diagnosable mental illness. In the U.S., millions of people have some form of this condition, which can present tremendous challenges during treatment and recovery. In a study published in September 2014 in the Journal of Dual Diagnosis, a team of researchers from Dartmouth College looked at some of the personal strategies that increase the odds that an individual with dual diagnosis will avoid relapsing back into substance use for extended periods of time.

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Addiction Recovery and Facebook – Can Social Media Help People Make a Change?

Posted on January 13th, 2015

Addiction Recovery and Facebook – Can Social Media Help People Make a Change?Fueled by the abuse of prescription opioids, the heroin epidemic is leading to increasing numbers of overdose deaths. Ohio has been particularly hard hit, with fatal drug overdoses the leading cause of accidental death in 2007, and increasing by 60 percent between 2011 and 2012. Ex-resident Stephanie Stark, writing in The Atlantic, argues that Perry, Ohio, is a microcosm of the epidemic and notes the changes in the use of social media – specifically Facebook – that accompany addiction and recovery. She’s noticed more and more sobriety and recovery-related posts in recent years, and writes about the influences, both positive and negative, social media can have in recovery.

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Why Does PTSD Only Affect Certain People?

Posted on January 10th, 2015

Why Does PTSD Only Affect Certain People?Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a mental health condition characterized by a damaging reaction to exposure to traumatic events that pose (or seem to pose) a serious threat to life or well-being. Doctors and researchers are well aware that only some of the people exposed to highly traumatic circumstances will develop this condition. In a study published in 2014 in the Journal of Aggression, Maltreatment & Trauma, a team of American researchers explored the underlying reasons why some people develop PTSD in the aftermath of trauma while others do not.

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