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The Role of Medication in Treating a Dual Diagnosis

Drug addiction comes in many forms, If your child suffers from a dual diagnosis disorder and has been abusing prescription medication, it may be of concern as to whether he can receive effective treatment in the form of medications. An individual who suffers from anxiety, for instance, may – under normal circumstances – receive a […]

Integrated Care

If your teen is struggling with a psychiatric disorder along with substance abuse — a condition known as a dual diagnosis — integrated care is crucial to his success. At one time, the fields of substance abuse treatment and adolescent mental health were kept separate. Teens who had problems with drugs or alcohol had to […]

Teen PTSD and Addiction

What Is PTSD? Post-traumatic stress disorder occurs in an estimated 7.8 percent of the population, per the Nebraska Department of Veteran’s Affairs. According to Psych Central, PTSD belongs to the classification of “Trauma and Stress-related Disorders” in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders. Most often, it follows witnessing a traumatizing event that instills […]

Most Common Co-Occurring Disorders in Adolescents

A co-occurring disorder is actually made up of two distinct conditions: a mental health illness or disorder and University of Iowa, the research specific to teens who suffer from dual diagnosis conditions reveals several common aspects, such as: The severity of the drug problem is often a factor in the presence of a co-occurring disorder. […]

How Is Co-Occurring Disorder Treated Differently?

According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, the number one governing principle for effective treatment is that everything about your child’s treatment plan, from the setting to the services provided, should match your son’s needs. In this regard, your son’s co-occurring disorder isn’t necessarily treated differently than someone with an addiction disorder that does […]

Does Your Teen Have Co-occurring Disorders? How to Find Out

When you learn that your child may be A co-occurring disorder is a condition that often coincides with drug abuse and addiction and, in some cases, actually contributes to the development of the disease. Determining Cause and Effect for Co-occurring Disorders There is a stigma in this country when it comes to mental health issues. […]


Comorbidity: A merger of Mental Illness and Addiction Teens who suffer from addiction may also be suffering from mental illness. In such cases both issues need to be treated. An addiction can leave a teen feeling amazingly out of control. Thoughts of drugs pass across the teen’s mind all day, and the night might be […]