Month: February 2013

Dual Diagnosis Treatment Centers Improving the Lives of Drug Addicts

Researches have established  that many people who regularly abuse drugs are also diagnosed with mental disorders and vice-versa. Since the 1980’s this co-morbidity has been a part of multiple national population surveys in the USA. The psychiatric conditions that generally co-exist with drug addiction are depression, bi-polar, anxiety, panic, ADHD and others. Data shows that people diagnosed with mood or anxiety disorders are twice as likely to suffer from drug addiction. Similarly, those diagnosed with drug disorders were roughly twice as likely to suffer from mood and anxiety disorders. Dual Diagnosis Statistics: 60% of people diagnosed with a bipolar condition suffer from addiction 30-50% of people with ADHD also suffer from addiction 25% of people with Depression suffer from addiction For those with either an alcohol or drug addiction, the odds of having the other addictive disorder were seven times greater than in the rest of the population. According to the ECA study, the estimated lifetime prevalence in US population was about 22.5% for any non-substance abuse mental disorder, 13.5% for alcohol dependence-abuse, and 6.1% for other drug dependence-abuse. In such a situation when two problems, one of a psychological condition and the other of a drug addiction exist together, getting treated for a dual diagnosis disorder becomes essential. Since, addiction is a powerful and destructive force it can be only conquered by professionals who specialize in dual diagnosis....

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Effects of Alcohol Abuse on a Society

It’s a well-known fact that alcohol is harmful for an individual’s health. Alcohol abuse is the cause of many major illnesses. In fact, after smoking, excessive alcohol consumption is one of the largest causes of premature deaths in the US and other countries. Deaths from excessive alcohol consumption are preventable. While most of us are aware of the harmful effects of excessive alcohol consumption on their health, we fail to realize that alcohol abuse poses a serious threat to the well-being of our society. Alcohol abuse affects our society in many ways and there is an urgent need to make people aware how excessive alcohol consumption threatens to dismantle the fabric of our society. Alcohol Abuse Effects Health Care Costs Around 30% of patients in US hospitals are admitted because of complications related to excessive alcohol intake. This leads to a substantial increase in health care costs of the government. Ultimately, the burden of increased health care costs has to be borne by people. Alcohol Abuse Effect on families Alcohol doesn’t just affects the health of the person who consumes it but it also has a very negative impact on other family members. It’s common for people under the influence of alcohol to indulge in fights and quarrels. It has also been found that divorce rates are high in couples with alcohol addiction. When we talk of the harmful...

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4 Early Signs of Drug Addiction

Drugs can completely ruin one’s life. If left untreated, drug abuse is debilitating. Severe drug addiction may even result in death. When it comes to preventing drug abuse, it’s important to detect early signs.  More than often family members and friends fail to detect these signs making recovery very difficult.  It is very important to detect the early signs of addiction and provide professional medical treatment if necessary. Signs of drug Abuse: Behavioral Changes Late to the office or school, changes in sleep pattern, lying to family members, changes in eating patterns and mood swings are commonly observed in people in the early stages of drug addiction. The presence of these signs doesn’t mean that a person is abusing drugs but they should certainly alert you. It should become a cause of concern for you if your friend or family member is showing any such behavioral changes. Spending more money Drugs don’t come cheap. Be it Heroin, Cocaine or Marijuana, people generally have to fork out a large amount of money to buy them. If your child or any other family member is spending more money than usual, you should keep a tab on him. Physical changes Weight loss, lethargy, drowsiness and loss of appetite are some of the physical effects of drug abuse. As a parent, you must be able to detect any such changes in your child....

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Physical and Psychological Effects of Drug and Alcohol Addiction

Drug and alcohol abuse can have devastating effects on the human body. The degree of impact on ones health depends on the type and strength of drug used. Even though a moderate intake of alcohol is considered relatively harmless for the human body, prolonged and excessive intake of alcohol can lead to a variety of health complications. In fact, alcohol abuse is one of the leading causes of premature deaths in the United States and other parts of the world. Let’s take a look at some of the most harmful effects of drug and alcohol abuse- Liver problems Alcohol is harmful for the liver. Excessive consumption of alcohol may lead to a variety of liver diseases. Alcohol can cause substantial damage to the liver and the bad part about it is that, the symptoms are usually detected at the final stages. Depending on the severity of damage, a liver transplant may be required. Changes in regular bodily functions Whether we talk of changes in blood pressure or body temperature, there are many short term and long term effects of drugs and alcohol on regular bodily functions. Many drugs also cause changes in the breathing rate and may lead to a number of respiratory ailments. The changes in the bodily functions may lead to a variety of health complications. A combination of drugs and alcohol may even prove to be...

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Early Signs of Alcohol Addiction

It is estimated that around 14 million people in the US abuse alcohol. Excessive intake of alcohol can have severe health consequences for a person. In fact, alcohol is one of the biggest causes of premature deaths in the US and elsewhere. Alcoholism not only ruins the health of a person but it also reduces his or her productivity and efficiency. This can have negative economic consequences for an entire nation. Considering the severe harmful health and economic effects of alcohol, there is a pressing need for countries as whole to do something about this issue.  While the services provided by alcohol rehab centers may prove to be quite useful when it comes to helping someone overcome alcohol addiction, the focus must be on prevention! Detecting signs of alcohol addiction at an early stage is of paramount importance. If you see any of the following signs in a person, you must become alert and take the necessary steps- Changes in behavior Mood swings, forgetfulness, missing work and a general disinterest in family activities are some of the behavioral changes that occur in an alcoholic. These signs could indicate a person is becoming increasingly dependent on alcohol. Being over emotional, spending excess money and lying to family members are some of the other signs of alcohol abuse. Physical symptoms Sweating, exhaustion, fatigue, headaches and anxiety are some of the common...

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