Domestic violence occurs in several different ways and can have negative consequences to both the victim and the abuser. Many victims of domestic violence also struggle with substance abuse issues and addiction, which can complicate their ability and willingness to get help. (more…)
Bath salts (not to be confused with Epsom salts) are designer drugs with a very misleading name. These synthetic drugs have been the cause of many disturbing news headlines over the past several years, detailing incidents involving bath salts abusers behaving in disturbing, paranoid, and downright dangerous ways.
A dual diagnosis is made when an individual has a combination of a mental disorder like anxiety, depression, or bipolar disorder, and addiction. A dual diagnosis of addiction with a depressive disorder is the most common form of the problem. The symptoms of one disorder can feed into the other disorder making it worse; depression may lead to using alcohol or other substances to self-medicate and then lead to addiction. (more…)