What Comes First: Depression or Substance Abuse?

What Comes First: Depression or Substance Abuse?

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It’s the age-old question about mental health and addiction—does poor mental health cause addiction, or does addiction cause depression and other mental health issues? The truth is that there’s often not a surefire way to know the answer to whether depression or substance abuse comes first. The facts suggest that many people who have mental […]

Can You Suffer From Depression After Addiction Recovery

Can You Suffer From Depression After Addiction Recovery?

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Statistics show a strong connection between depression and drug and alcohol addiction. According to The National Bureau of Economic Research1, people who have been diagnosed with mental illness consume 69% of the nation’s alcohol and 84% of the nation’s cocaine. When someone is recovering from an addiction, depression after addiction can become a major obstacle […]

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Addiction and Depression – Do Antidepressants Work? Dual Diagnosis OC Weighs In

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Despite some high-profile research suggesting that antidepressants are ineffective, most clinical studies find that this category of drugs can elevate mood and treat depression in most cases. Although depression isn’t completely understood, the symptoms can be treated effectively. Antidepressants don’t cure depression, but they are effective at relieving symptoms. Similar results apply to a dual […]

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Is Using Ketamine for Depression Standard in Dual Diagnosis Treatment?

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Depression is a wide-reaching, often debilitating condition that affects more than 20 million Americans to varying degrees. Symptoms associated with depressive disorders include lethargy and feelings of hopelessness, suicidal tendencies, and social isolation. Some depressed individuals are able to manage their symptoms with medication and/or therapy, and live relatively normal lives. For many others on […]

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Live Fast, Live Long: Young Rappers Speaking Out About Addiction And Depression

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If you call the phone number (800)273-8255, you’ll get access to the Suicide Prevention Lifeline[1], a confidential support organization to help people who are in distress. The number is also the title of one of rapper Logic’s newest songs. Huffington Post[2] reported that after the musician performed the song at the Grammy Awards in January […]

Signs of Opioid Addiction

Signs of Opioid Addiction

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According to recent data from the National Institute of Health, opioid use disorders affect more than 2 million people in the United States and lead to more than 120,000 deaths worldwide each year.1 Since 1999, the number of deaths from all forms of opioids has increased by more than six times.2 Of the nearly 50,000 […]

Warning: 5 of the Newest Street Drugs

Warning: 5 of the Newest Street Drugs

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Each year we see new drugs come into the country and wreak havoc in our community. We know the name of common drugs like heroin or crack, but some of the newest street drugs are grabbing hold of our loved ones and, at times, killing them. Unfortunately, law enforcement can’t detect many of the newest […]

How to Enjoy Sobriety

How to Enjoy Sobriety

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Recovering from a substance abuse addiction requires learning not to use the substance and how to enjoy sobriety once you overcome your addiction. Many people don’t realize that they need to change their lifestyle habits and possibly even their friends if they contributed to the substance abuse. Ways to Enjoy Sobriety If you can look […]

What to Do Instead of Drinking

What to Do Instead of Drinking

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When you’re wondering what to do instead of drinking, it can be hard to focus on anything besides your cravings. While recovery is different for everyone, almost all individuals experience cravings during this process. The most important thing to know is that having the urge to drink does not mean you have to drink.1 Nor […]