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Month: September 2016

Substance Addiction in America and American Response

Substance Addiction in America and American Response Substance addiction and abuse has been an issue in America for centuries, not just decades. Ever since drugs have been used to cure, they have also been abused. Today’s issue is with synthetic drugs; yesterday’s issues were with morphine and opiates, derived naturally…

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The Relationship Between Substance Abuse and Mental Illness

The Relationship Between Substance Abuse and Mental Illness Mental illness and substance abuse have such a close relationship that doctors will often give patients a dual diagnosis; that is, a patient is diagnosed with mental illness and substance abuse. This relationship is quite complex, however, there are a number of…

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Treating the Dual Diagnosis

Treating the Dual Diagnosis Dual diagnoses happen when a person has a mental illness as well as a substance addiction issue. It is complicated, but the diagnoses are important in treating the whole person, not just one issue. Treating the source of the intoxication is of utmost importance; afterward, treatment…

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Medical Consequences of Substance Abuse

Medical Consequences of Substance Abuse The United States government, on their website for the National Institute on Drug Abuse, drugabuse.gov, defines substance abuse and drug addiction as a disease of the brain. Admittedly, initial drug use may be voluntary, however, this agency states that the most commonly abused drugs change…

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