The Connection Between PTSD and Addiction

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For many people, PTSD and addiction go hand in hand. As many as 66 percent of people who suffer from one of these conditions also struggle with the other. Why are PTSD and Addiction So Commonly Found Together? Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, or PTSD, as defined by the National Institute of Mental Health, is a reaction […]

MDMA for PTSD Treatment

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The drug 3,4-methylenedioxymethamphetamine, better known as MDMA or ecstasy, has been a target in the war against drugs for many years. The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration made it illegal in 1985. Since then, researchers have studied the potential therapeutic benefits of legal MDMA. In August 2017, the Food and Drug Administration gave ecstasy the breakthrough […]

How Do I Know if I Need Dual Diagnosis Treatment?

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When someone struggles with addiction and another mental health disorder, it’s called co-occurring disorders, or dual diagnosis. As surprising as it sounds, it may help to hear that you are far from alone. Approximately 9.2 million people in the United States deal with Dual Diagnosis. 1 Further, nearly 50% of individuals suffering from a singular […]

Post-Acute Withdrawal Syndrome (PAWS)

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Recovering from an addiction is a process. Rarely does someone who enters recovery move immediately from Point A to Point B. Addiction recovery is an exercise in strength. Someone going through recovery will experience challenges and struggles that they are unprepared for. It is important to consider some of these unexpected hurdles, and how to […]

Why Trauma Leads to Addiction in Some, and Not in Others

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Trauma, as defined by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) is described as an event or set of circumstances that is experienced by an individual as life-threatening or emotionally or physically harmful.[1] Traumatic events that those experience, whether as children or adults, shape the way individuals view themselves, as well as the […]

Prescription Medication and Substance Abuse

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Prescription Medication and Substance Abuse If you’re taking prescription medications for a mental health disorder along with using recreational drugs or alcohol, the interaction could lead to dangerous health consequences. Read ahead to learn why mental illness often coexists with drug addiction, and about the risks attached to prescription medication and substance abuse. Mental Illness […]

The Prevalence of Mood Disorders and Addiction

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Many people struggling with mood disorders and addiction only recognize one or the other as a problem. A person tends to either feel that their mood disorder is the cause of their troubles, or they feel that addiction has the strongest hold over their life. Few realize without assistance that the two are almost inextricably […]