Dual diagnosis, also commonly known as co-occurring disorders, is used when individuals experience a mental health disorder and a substance use disorder simultaneously. The Key Substance Use and Mental Health Indicators in the United States noted that of the 10.4 million Americans suffering from a severe mental illness and the 19 million suffering from a substance use disorder in the past year, 8.2 million had a co-occurring disorder. (more…)
Frequently, individuals that struggle with addictive disorders battle societal stigma and array of misconceptions about addiction in general. The stigma surrounding addiction is a barrier seeking treatment for addiction. There is progress being made to reduce societal judgment and clarify the myths surrounding the disease of addiction. Unfortunately, this progress is happening slowly while psychiatric and substance abuse problems continue to rise dramatically and expediently throughout the nation. (more…)
The Fourth of July is a time that we celebrate the freedom of our nation, and a time to honor and recognize those that have fought for that freedom. We often forget the challenges that veterans live with once they return home, maybe for a short time, or for a lifetime. The issues that veterans struggle with are real, and they vary from person to person. At Lifeskills South Florida, we are proud to provide therapeutic services to veterans. On average, many our veterans suffer from co-occurring issues, such as some form of substance or alcohol abuse with an additional diagnosis of either Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Major Depressive Disorder, Bipolar Disorder, and Anxiety. (more…)
According to the first-ever Surgeon General’s Report on Alcohol, Drugs, and Health, in 2015, over 27 million people in the United States reported current use of illicit drugs or misuse of prescription drugs. Drug misuse is becoming a major public health challenge that is taking a toll on individuals, families, and communities. Many neighborhoods are suffering due to the rise of drug-related crime and violence, abuse and neglect of children, and the increased health care costs associated with substance misuse. The yearly economic impact of illicit drug use is $193 billion annually.
An individual that struggles with drug and alcohol abuse will go through drastic changes between the time they enter an addiction treatment center and the time they discharge. These changes will be a combination of physical, emotional and spiritual changes as the treatment center strives to help their clients reclaim their mind, body and spirit. A person that may have been resistant to treatment in the beginning can become passionate about their recovery 45 to 90 days later. Getting help is the first hurdle. Engaging in treatment is the battle.
Cognitive processing therapy (CPT) is a type of cognitive behavioral therapy that is evidence-based and has been proven to effectively treat individuals struggling with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Post-traumatic stress disorder is characterized by anxiety from previous traumatic events. The most common symptoms of PTSD include nightmares, flashbacks of the event, depression and increased irritability. Cognitive processing therapy will typically take place over a period of 12 sessions with a therapist and aims to retrain the brain to think differently about the traumatic event.
Co-occurring Disorders, also known as Dual Diagnosis, are on the rise and affect between 7-9 million people in a given year, according to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Service Administration (SAMHSA). When a person is dually diagnosed, it means that they are suffering from a mental health disorder and a substance abuse disorder at the same time. More than 50% of individuals with an addiction to drugs or alcohol also have a mental health disorder.