Category: Mental Health

The Connection Between Homelessness and Addiction

There’s no place like home. Coming home at the end of the day to a warm place to rest and be with family is something everyone can look forward to. Unfortunately, not everyone has this privilege. This is why every year on December 3rd, National Roof Over Your Head Day is observed across the United …

Powerful Ways to Reduce the Stigma Around Mental Illness

This year’s Mental Illness Awareness Week theme is “CureStigma”, dedicated to fighting the stigma surrounding mental illness. According to NAMI, stigma is toxic to the one in 5 Americans that are affected by mental health conditions. It creates an environment of shame, fear, and silence that prevents many individuals from seeking the treatment they so …

The Connection Between Mental Health and Addiction

Substance abuse or addiction and mental health often go hand in hand. Any number of combinations can develop, with each presenting its own unique symptoms. When an individual is diagnosed as having both a substance abuse disorder and a mental illness, they are said to have dual diagnosis, or a co-occurring disorder. According to reports …

It’s Mental Illness Awareness Week!

Mental health disorders are common among those who struggle with substance abuse and addiction. The two issues often go hand-in-hand, with each disorder affecting the other. According to DrugAbuse.com, in 2016, 8.2 million adults had a co-occurring mental illness and substance use disorder in the past year. In some cases, it is difficult to determine …

What Are Some Common Co-Occurring Disorders?

Individuals who struggle with substance use disorders, as well as mental health disorders, are diagnosed as having co-occurring disorders, or dual diagnosis. Although mental health issues and substance addiction are much different from one another, they often coexist together. The two often impact and worsen one another. A co-occurring disorder diagnosis can be made no …