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Co-Occurring Disorders

Co OccurringFormerly known as dual diagnosis or dual disorder, co-occurring disorders describes the presence of both a mental health and a substance-use disorder. For example, a person may be abusing a narcotic and also have bipolar disorder.

Definition

The term co-occurring disorder replaces the terms dual disorder and dual diagnosis when referring to an individual who has a co-existing mental illness and a substance-use disorder. While commonly used to refer to the combination of substance-use and mental disorders, the term also refers to other combinations of disorders (such as mental disorders and intellectual disability).

Clients with co-occurring disorders (COD) typically have one or more disorders relating to the use of alcohol and/or other drugs as well as one or more mental disorders. A client can be described as having co-occurring disorders when at least one disorder of each type can be established independent of the other and is not simply a cluster of symptoms resulting from another disorder.

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Friday, November 10, 2017 - 14:06:48

Colleges using sober dorms to combat alcohol, drug addiction

StudentsOver 20 million young Americans started college this fall. For most of them, the next few years will be a time of intellectual challenges, new friendships and career exploration. But for many, those years will also include a lot of partying and exposure to an abundance of alcohol and drugs.

According to a 2016 report by the federal Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration,1.2 million full-time college students drink alcohol, and more than 700,000 use marijuana on an average day. Binge drinking is common. More than a third of surveyed students reported binge drinking (taking five or more drinks in quick succession), according to a 2015 National Survey on Drug Use and Health.

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Monday, October 30, 2017 - 19:38:41

What Happens After Recovery

ComWe have seen through countless pictures and life experiences, whether our own or others, what harmful effects drug and alcohol abuse can have on our appearance. We had the opportunity to find a great site Rehabs.com and they have an infographic we wanted to share with you. this infographic shows the before and after pictures or recovery. It is encouraging to see that recovery is possible and that the individual can be restored to their former appearance. We hope that you will be inspired by this either for your own life or for the life of a loved one trapped in this way.

The full infographic is available here.

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Friday, October 27, 2017 - 18:33:23

Super Bowl parties don't have to be built around alcohol

A Consumer Affairs article by Mark Huffman

SuperbowllilogoThe 51st Super Bowl will be played on February 5, with the game becoming almost a national holiday in recent years.

And as friends gather to watch the game, large amounts of beer and other alcoholic beverages are consumed. For people in recovery, or who have embraced sobriety, going to a Super Bowl party can be something of a challenge.

In a growing backlash against excessive alcohol consumption, American Addiction Centers (AAC), a chain of treatment centers, is pushing a sober movement for Super Bowl LI. It's challenging the idea that the game and alcohol have to go together.

"I think it's almost a stigma in this country that in order to have a good time, you have to be under the influence and that is just not true," said Nicole Vasquez, National Alumni Manager, American Addiction Centers. "That is why our alumni team exists because it is so important, particularly for young people who get sober, to know you don't need substances to have fun in recovery."

 


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