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What’s the relationship between mental illness and substance abuse?What Does Dual Diagnosis Mean? Who’s at risk? What’s the treatment?

Dual Diagnosis: What's the relationship between mental illness and substance abuse? Who's at risk? What's the treatment?A dual diagnosis is when someone has co-existing or co-occurring problems with mental illness and drugs/alcohol. The relationship between substance abuse and mental illness is complex and getting the right treatment can be more complicated than each condition alone. But it is important to know that this is a common problem: many people who struggle with substance abuse also struggle with a mental illness and vice versa.

Who is at risk?

Any one can struggle with co-occurring disorders, but there are people that research has found to be more at risk. For example, military vets or those with physical illnesses are at a higher risk for depression, anxiety, PTSD and have an increased risk for abusing drugs like marijuana, cocaine, opiates, stimulants, and alcohol. And those individuals who suffer with severe mental illnesses such as bipolar disorder or schizophrenia are more at risk for substance abuse. But the numbers are very high for anyone who struggles with a mental illness to also be battling some form of substance abuse. Read more

Sober in New Orleans: Celebrating National Recovery Month.

Being sober in New Orleans sounds impossible. It’s the city that care forget with bars in the French Quarter that never close, and a city of partygoers that never stop reminding themselves laissez les bon temps rouler. But September is National Recovery Month and a time to celebrate those who have embarked on their journey into sobriety, even in New Orleans. It is a time to reflect on what makes a recovery strong. There are many things you can do on a daily basis to help keep your recovery strong, regardless of where you call home and whether you’ve been in recovery for weeks or years. One of the most important things that we like to emphasize during National Recovery Month is stress management. Stress can be a quick saboteur to recovery, regardless of how long you’ve been in recovery or how confident you might be.

One of the most important things that we like to emphasize during National Recovery Month is stress management. Stress can be a quick saboteur to recovery, regardless of how long you’ve been in recovery or how confident you might be. Even among the laid back vibe of the Big Easy, stress can get the best of you and your recovery. Being sober in New Orleans means it’s always a good idea to take this time to check in with yourself and see how you are managing. And remember, stress isn’t always about major life events, it can also be daily hassles that add up over time! Read more

Substance Abuse: Warning Signs Every New Orleans Parent Should Know

Families are gearing up for another school year and every New Orleans parent should know of these substance abuseneworleansparent warning signs. Whether your teen or young adult is headed to Lusher, Jesuit, Tulane or Loyola, etc., pay close attention to warning signs your high schooler or college student might be displaying. Those who are most at risk tend to demonstrate the following red flags:
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Recognize Any of these Easy to Miss Signs of a Drinking Problem?

What defines a drinking problem isn’t always clear cut and often depends on the individual. We live in a drinking culture. drinkingproblemSocial events, after work happy hours and client dinners, and sporting events are all places where the lines of what is acceptable alcohol consumption are often blurred. Casual drinking can sometimes turn into alcohol abuse without someone even realizing it. Some of the signs of a drinking problem can be subtle and easy to miss. See if you recognize any of them:
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Chronic Pain Management: Prescription Painkillers Fall Short

ChronicPainManagementWhat do you do about chronic pain management when prescription drugs fall short? Right now there are about five to eight million people in the U.S. that use prescription drugs to manage chronic pain. And yet there is insufficient evidence to show that long-term use of opioid therapy is effective at improving chronic pain, function or quality of life. In fact a new study published in the Annals of Internal Medicine tells us that prescription painkillers may not be the most effective treatment for chronic pain. Meanwhile the rate of abuse is dramatically increasing.

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Understanding PTSD: It’s More Common Than You Think

With June being PTSD Awareness Month, we wanted to take a closer look at understanding PTSD, its symptoms, and some of theUnderstandingPTSD more common misconceptions. Most of us are familiar with the movie-version of PTSD or Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder: the soldier returning from war who loses it in a psychotic, angry and violent episode. But this isn’t the only version of PTSD.

Common Misconceptions about PTSD 

#1: Only war vets suffer from PTSD Read more

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