Dual Diagnosis Tag

Parents’ Cigarette, Alcohol Use Ups Risk for Dual Diagnosis in Adult Children

14 Apr Parents’ Cigarette, Alcohol Use Ups Risk for Dual Diagnosis in Adult Children

New research finds that a young adult’s risk for dual diagnosis is linked to having a mother who smokes cigarettes and who displays an unusually low amount of parent-child attachment. In addition, the researchers concluded that children born to fathers with serious alcohol problems are also at risk for simultaneously occurring problems with substance abuse/addiction and some other form of mental illness.
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What Helps and Hinders Recovery from a Dual Diagnosis?

19 Feb What Helps and Hinders Recovery from a Dual Diagnosis?

People with a dual diagnosis are simultaneously affected by a diagnosable case of substance use disorder (substance abuse/addiction) and a diagnosable case of a separate mental health disorder. Mental health professionals and addiction specialists are well-aware that affected individuals commonly have worse outcomes than their counterparts only dealing with substance use disorder or only dealing with a separate mental health issue. In a study published in 2014 in the journal Advances in Dual Diagnosis, a team of Norwegian and American researchers used a review of previously completed studies to identify the factors that commonly help or hinder successful recovery in people affected by a dual diagnosis.
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Gamblers, Alcoholics Share Risk/Reward Brain Changes, Differ on Cost Assessment

21 Nov Gamblers, Alcoholics Share Risk/Reward Brain Changes, Differ on Cost Assessment

Addiction researchers have firmly established that some of the damaging brain changes found in people with non-substance-based behavioral addictions are roughly equivalent to the damaging changes found in the brains of people addicted to drugs, medications or alcohol. In a study published in 2014 in the journal Addiction Biology, a team of German researchers compared the brain effects of one specific form of behavioral addiction, called gambling disorder,  to the brain effects of alcoholism. These researchers found a general similarity between certain aspects of the two conditions, but also found significant differences in the particulars of their brain impact.
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