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Dual Diagnosis Treatment

What Is Dual Diagnosis? Dual diagnosis refers to the simultaneous presence of a mental health disorder and a substance use disorder. Dual diagnosis treatment can be difficult and long-lasting. Professional help is almost always required. Further, patients should seek out care providers who have experience and expertise in dealing with dual diagnosis patients. Any mental…

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What Is Substance Use Disorder?

What Is Substance Use Disorder? What is substance use disorder? While we all think we know what terms like “addiction” or “drug habit” mean, the clinical definition of substance use disorder is unfamiliar to many of us. Continue reading below to learn a little bit about this disorder and how it manifests. What Is Substance…

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Substance Abuse Statistics

Substance Abuse Statistics Substance abuse statistics in the United States paint a sobering picture. Millions are addicted to substances. Millions more have a loved one suffering from addiction. As a result, there aren’t very many people who live their lives completely untouched by substance abuse. The United States federal government relies on surveys of the…

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Relapse Prevention Techniques

Relapse Prevention Techniques Relapse prevention techniques can be the difference between a successful recovery and repeated failure. These strategies stop relapses before they start by refocusing the mind, avoiding pitfalls, and relying on others for support. Continue reading for some of our favorite methods to reduce the likelihood of relapse. Distraction One of the most…