Category Archives: Dual Diagnosis | Mental Disorders | Co-Occurring Disorders Treatment

articles on effective dual diagnosis |co-occurring disorders treatment – what needs to be done if a person has both a mental illness and an addiction

Recovery from Gambling Addiction | Catherine Townsend-Lyon

Recovery from Gambling Addiction | Catherine Townsend-Lyon

“Now that gambling addiction is currently the #1 addiction with the highest suicide rate than any other and over 16 million problem gamblers in just the US alone, I want to share some of my story and devastation in my life due to this cunning addiction,” says Catherine Townsend-Lyon, today’s guest author. Bestselling Kodel EmpireContinue Reading

CoOccurring Disorders | Anger | Addiction | Recovery Connection

CoOccurring Disorders | Anger | Addiction | Recovery Connection

CoOccurring Disorders and the anger, addiction, and recovery connection is important to understand when assessing how best to help someone treat their addiction and succeed in long-term recovery. Today’s guest author, Joe Koelzer, delves into the complexities of this connection in his article shared below. Joe holds a Masters Degree in Spiritual Psychology from theContinue Reading

Like Bipolar, Like Alcoholism – Guest Author Regina Eversole

Like Bipolar, Like Alcoholism – Guest Author Regina Eversole

Like Bipolar, Like Alcoholism – both wreck havoc in people’s lives – the person with the disorder and those who love them. Why? Generally because of the stigma and shame as a consequence of the belief that people develop these diseases due to a lack of willpower and continue in their diseases because they don’t careContinue Reading

Taking Control of Anxiety – Guest Author, Dr. Thomas Kimball

Taking Control of Anxiety – Guest Author, Dr. Thomas Kimball

As National Mental Health Month draws to a close, I’d like to share an article on taking control of anxiety written by Dr. Thomas Kimball, Ph.D., LMFT. He serves as the Director of the Center for Collegiate Recovery Communities and holds the George C. Miller Family Regents Professorship at Texas Tech University. He is co-authorContinue Reading

Childhood Trauma – Substance Misuse Connection

Childhood Trauma – Substance Misuse Connection

The childhood trauma – substance misuse connection is one of the most important interactions society as a whole must understand. It is profoundly life changing because it changes a child or teen’s brain circuitry – meaning how their brain wires, thus how it works, thus what that child or teen thinks, feels, says and does,Continue Reading

DDA | Dual Diagnosis Anonymous – Doyal D. Smith Explains

DDA | Dual Diagnosis Anonymous – Doyal D. Smith Explains

I had the good fortune to meet Doyal D. Smith, Executive Director of Dual Diagnosis Anonymous of Oregon, Inc., at a recent rally, and invited him to answer the following questions on DDA | Dual Diagnosis Anonymous and his organization, DDA of Oregon. What does DDA stand for? DDA stands for “Dual Diagnosis Anonymous”. DDA is commonly referredContinue Reading

National Substance Abuse Prevention Week | May 17-23

National Substance Abuse Prevention Week | May 17-23

“The Voice of One, the Power of All, ” is the theme of this year’s National Prevention Week supported by SAMHSA (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Agency). The objective for this annual observance is to increase public awareness of, and action around, substance abuse and mental health issues.   What You Can Do toContinue Reading

Breaking the Cycle of Addiction | Jennifer Hunt

Breaking the Cycle of Addiction | Jennifer Hunt

Breaking the cycle of addiction is greatly helped when a person understands two key things: 1) addiction is a chronic, often relapsing, developmental brain disease, and 2) there are five key risk factors for developing this disease: genetics, social environment, early use, mental illness and childhood trauma. It is not uncommon for children who grow upContinue Reading