Posts Tagged ‘substance use disorder’


Do Genetics Influence the Occurrence of a Substance Use Disorder?

Substance use disorder (SUD) and various co-occurring mental illnesses are often caused by genetic and biological factors, environmental circumstances, and traumatic life events. In most cases, genes and environmental factors interact, increasing the chances that someone might develop SUD. Research has been conducted examining the prevalence of SUD among family members, along with potential genetic and environmental…

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What Is a Dual Diagnosis and How Is It Treated?

A person with a dual diagnosis has a mental health disorder and a substance use disorder. Dual diagnosis, also called co-occurring disorders or comorbidity, affects many people. The National Institute of Mental Health (NIHM) reports that at least half of all people seeking substance use disorder treatment also have a mental health diagnosis. Research from the…

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Family Dynamics in Early Recovery

Family dynamics play a substantial role in a person’s substance use history and recovery. A family history of substance misuse can cause trauma and issues with family dynamics and boundaries. However, family therapy offers an effective way to bring the entire family into the recovery process, heal issues from the past, and develop a plan…

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Understanding Secondary Behavioral Addictions

A person in treatment for a substance use disorder may struggle with feeling an emptiness or need their substance used to fill. In many cases, the brain in recovery still needs time to repair itself and adjust. However, since most drugs act on reward systems in the brain, some people find seemingly harmless replacements that…

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