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The Importance of Setting Boundaries with an Addicted Loved One

Woman Saying No
“The Stop” by Bernard Goldbach is licensed under CC BY 2.0

One of the most difficult aspects of living with a loved one with addiction issues is that they lose their ability to recognize the consequences of their actions. This can lead to the kind of destructive behavior that drives wedges between family members, breaking even the closest bonds irreparably. Specialist alcohol and drug addiction treatment


Can Drug Abuse Lead to Mental Health Issues?

Mental Illnesses

Known as dual-diagnosis, it is not uncommon for addiction and mental illness to go hand in hand, although it is not always obvious which condition pre-existed the other. This is because although mental illness can lead to addictive behavior, addictive behavior can also lead to symptoms of mental disorder. There are also other factors that need to be considered on a patient-by-patient basis including education, socio-economic status, gender, their personal history and the substances used to determine the state of mental and physical health in relation to their addiction.

Diagnosing the Symptoms of Mental Illness

There are several ‘street’ or…

The Relationship Between Addiction and ADHD

Depressed Man Sitting

For those suffering from attention deficit hyperactivity disorder or ADHD, anything intoxicating is a risky business. According to recent research, more than 15% of adults with ADHD had either used or were completely dependent on drugs or alcohol for the 12 months prior to the survey. The same research showed the most commonly abused substances were alcohol and marijuana.

Why is there a Link between ADHD in Adults and Addiction?

A Harvard research paper revealed that among young adults with ADHD, just 30% said they used substances to get high. The remaining 70% have different reasons for using including insomnia, mood-enhancement or relieve…

Why Addiction Recovery Requires More Than Just a 'Vaccine for Addiction'

Receiving a Vaccination

While it would obviously be great to treat the very complex disease of addiction with a few shots of vaccine, there are many reasons why this approach would almost certainly not work. As the government attempts to address the significant opioid abuse problem in America, suggestions have been made that research should be undertaken to develop an addiction ‘antidote’ in the form of a vaccine.

Why a Vaccine Won’t Work to Cure Addiction

Although addiction is a chronic disease, there are generally psychological issues also underlying it that need to be identified for effective treatment. Whether…

First Responders Are Spending More on Overdose Reversal Drug

First Responders in Ambulance

A new drug that is able to reverse an opioid overdose and save thousands of lives each year is currently being rolled-out to first-responders across the country. In the US, more than 33,000 deaths are caused by opioid overdose each year and until now, those often first on the scene have been powerless to assist. Now, people overdosing on heroin, fentanyl and other opiate-based drug are able to be treated immediately on…

The Link Between Addiction and Depression

Alcohol Addict With Depression

Addiction and depression often go hand in hand although there are many misconceptions about both conditions. For a start, depression is not something you can snap out of and addiction isn’t the result of an over-indulgent personality. It is important to remember that both addiction and depression are illnesses; depression is a mental illness and addiction, a chronic disease. It is not sufficient to acknowledge the link between the two rather to treat them both independently.

Is Depression the Cause or Effect of Addiction?

The simple answer is that both are true. When someone is suffering with depression, they may…