Dual Diagnosis

Drug Relapse Overdose Kills Columbine Survivor

Photo courtesy of Pixabay Twenty years after the Columbine school shootings, the tragedy has taken another life. Austin Eubanks, 37, died of an opioid overdose last week. Eubanks was in recovery from injuries suffered in the shootings, the trauma of seeing his best [...]

Drug Relapse Overdose Kills Columbine Survivor2019-05-23T12:57:17+00:00

Mental Health Problems and Substance Use Disorder Go Hand-in-Hand

(Image by Gerd Altmann from Pixabay)  This month is the Mental Health America nonprofit’s 70th annual Mental Health Awareness Month. Not to high-jack this special month, but it may as well be substance use disorder (SUD) awareness month as well because SUD is a mental illness [...]

Mental Health Problems and Substance Use Disorder Go Hand-in-Hand2019-05-07T16:28:53+00:00

Addiction Treatment Coverage Threatened If ACA is Unconstitutional

The US Supreme Court may rule the ACA unconstitutional, including its 10 Essential Benefits such as fot treatment of substance use disorder.  (Pixabay) With the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA or, if you prefer, ObamaCare) again threatened with repeal—including its provisions [...]

Addiction Treatment Coverage Threatened If ACA is Unconstitutional2019-07-11T18:14:49+00:00

Commemorate Opioid Epidemic Dead March 6 with Black Balloon Day

Image by Clker-Free-Vector-Images on Pixabay Today (assuming you are reading it on the first day it is posted) is Black Balloon Day, a day conceived of to remember all the loved ones we have lost to drug overdoses in general and the Opioid [...]

Commemorate Opioid Epidemic Dead March 6 with Black Balloon Day2019-03-07T16:32:39+00:00

Accidental Overdose or Suicide? It’s Not Always Possible to Tell

Some "accidental" overdose deaths actually may be suicides. (Pixabay) Last year the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released data revealing that life expectancy in the United States had decreased from 2016 to 2017. True, only by 0.1 percent overall, but the [...]

Accidental Overdose or Suicide? It’s Not Always Possible to Tell2019-02-19T17:28:30+00:00

Not all drug use is abuse or trading one addiction for another

(Illustration courtesy of Pixabay) What is an addiction? Is it any use of drugs? Obviously not. Probably every person on the planet has used a “drug” of some sort for the relief of illness or pain, be it a hand-picked herbal remedy or [...]

Not all drug use is abuse or trading one addiction for another2019-06-26T12:32:47+00:00

Women Increasingly Die from Opioid Overdoses

Though far behind men, more women are dying of drug overdoses since 1999, especially opioids. Since 1999 there has been a 260{b340406b661c1e5732b86e4172a84f651d0df9d8967334cfa4a3aae0d4c8bfbd} increase in the number of women, ages 30 to 64, dying due to a drug overdose, and an even larger increase [...]

Women Increasingly Die from Opioid Overdoses2019-06-26T12:32:49+00:00

ObamaCare Has Increased Addiction Treatment

Politics keeps interfering with substance abuse policy, including addiction treatment, but progress is being made. The question is if it will continue. The 2008 Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA)—more familiarly known as “ObamaCare”—required that insurance coverage include 10 Essential Health Benefits including “Mental [...]

ObamaCare Has Increased Addiction Treatment2019-06-05T19:44:32+00:00

‘Beautiful Boy’ Has a Dual Diagnosis Problem

David Sheff (Steve Carell, right) helps his meth addict son Nic (Timothee Chalamet) into rehab in Beautiful Boy. (Official web page) Films based on true events, whether personal stories or great historical moments, are nevertheless often factually challenged. Such films—A Beautiful Mind, Hidden [...]

‘Beautiful Boy’ Has a Dual Diagnosis Problem2019-07-01T19:25:59+00:00

Opioid Overdose Suicide Rates Show Need for Routine Dual Diagnosis

Photo courtesy of Pixabay As hard as it may be to believe, we still have a lot of privacy in this country. For instance, when you die, it isn’t always clear how you died. If your heart is stopped and there are no [...]

Opioid Overdose Suicide Rates Show Need for Routine Dual Diagnosis2019-07-18T16:35:19+00:00
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