Psychiatric Comorbidities May Increase Risk for Polysubstance Use Disorder.

Every day, almost 200 Americans die of a drug overdose, often involving opioids. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), “more than 30 percent of overdoses involving opioids also involve benzodiazepines, a type of prescription sedative commonly prescribed for anxiety or to help with insomnia.” Benzodiazepines (also called “benzos”) include diazepam (Valium), alprazolam…

Heroes Health Initiative

“Healthcare workers on the frontlines of fighting the COVID-19 pandemic are being called heroes, and we can all see why”, wrote Matthew Lewis, et al. on Statnews in May. “They have been asked to treat huge numbers of very sick people in a shifting landscape without sufficient personal protective equipment or coordination. Some have seen…

Increased Addiction and Suicide Risk for Those Diagnosed With Schizophrenia

There is a strong correlation between mental illness and substance misuse.   According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), “Multiple national population surveys have found that about half of those who experience a mental illness during their lives will also experience a substance use disorder and vice versa.” Schizophrenia is a severe and debilitating…

Repetitive Head Trauma Associated with Depressive Symptoms, Worsening Cognitive Function, and Suicide 

Adults over forty who reported a history of repetitive head trauma through contact sports, physical abuse, or military service had increased symptoms of depression and difficulty with cognitive functioning, as compared to those without such a history, according to a study published online in the journal, Neurology.    Scientists from the Boston University Alzheimer’s Disease and…

Impaired Impulse Control and Addiction

Impaired impulse control is a hallmark of substance use disorder (SUD). The first nine of the 11 criteria for SUD in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-V)—the diagnostic manual American clinicians use to classify mental disorders— describe various clinical aspects of compromised impulse control.  Compulsive behavior is included in the new definition of…

Sensory Regulation in Recovery

Emotional self-regulation is a crucial life skill. Our ability to modulate our emotions keeps them from becoming excessive, counterproductive, or inappropriate. We cannot help having emotions, of course—and they are quite important after all—but when we let our emotions control our decision making, we tend to run into trouble. It’s quite normal to be temporarily…

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How Comprehensive Mental Health Interventions Reduce the Risk of Relapse

The National  Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) describes addiction as “a chronic, relapsing disorder characterized by compulsive drug seeking, [with] continued use despite harmful consequences, and long-lasting changes in the brain.” “The chronic nature of addiction means that relapsing to drug use is not only possible but also likely,” explains NIDA. “Relapse rates are similar…

Why the Best Mental Health and Addiction Treatment is in Utah 

Addiction is a complex bio-psycho-social-spiritual brain disease that requires comprehensive treatment that addresses all of the known needs of the patient, concurrently. Such high-quality treatment may be hard to find in your area, yet many patients and their loved ones hesitate to choose a treatment  center considered too far away from home. Often the best…