Ignoring the Consequences of Substance Abuse Can be Lethal

Classic Signs of Addiction One of the classic signs of addiction is continued use of a substance despite the consequences it brings. Many people refuse to believe that anything bad is going to happen to them. Although others around them might be at risk for overdose and may be experiencing health concerns, the belief that they are immune to such …

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Substance Abuse Treatment Can Reduce Violence And Aggression

Substance AbuseSubstance abuse treatment has proven to be incredibly effective for those who are seeking a sober life. Drug detox and rehabilitative services work well to keep someone sober, especially if a recovering addict is serious about their drug treatment.

But how does drug treatment affect the lives of those with mental illness? Especially patients with severe mental illness? According to a new study done by the University of Buffalo Research Institute on Addictions (RIA), reducing substance abuse has a great influence in reducing violent acts by patients with severe mental illness.

Having both an addiction to substances and a mental illness is known as a co-occurring disorder. It’s also known having a dual diagnosis. Approximately, 60-75% of those who abuse drugs or alcohol also have a mental illness. Mental illnesses that frequently co-exist with substance use are Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD), Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), Anxiety, Major Depression, Bipolar Disorder, and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Those with severe mental illnesses might have disorders such as schizophrenia, schizoaffective disorder, or disorders of psychosis.

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Drug Addiction Therapy: Breaking Through Shame For Full Recovery

Drug Addiction Treatment | LakehouseRecoveryCenter.comShame is a common emotional response in adult children of alcoholic parents. When children grow up in a home filled with an unspoken addiction, it often creates a strong sense of vulnerability, helplessness, and feelings of inadequacy. Other homes in which shame can easily develop are when children grow up with depressed parents, abuse, oppression, or a death in the family.

Having to hide anything is the quintessential element of shame. Whether it’s your thoughts, feelings, mood, or the very essence of who you are, if you’re hiding a part of yourself, you’re likely experiencing shame. According to Marilyn Sorenson, PhD, author of “Breaking the Chain of Low Self-Esteem” and clinical psychologist, guilt is a feeling of having done something wrong while shame is the feeling of being something wrong. Shame penetrates down the very core of who you are.

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