We know that substance abuse disorders carry a stigma. But when is a stigma something even worse?
Dual Diagnosis by Rose Lockinger There are a number of reasons that an individual may start to use drugs or alcohol. These reasons are not mutually exclusive and a person could start using substances for one reason but continue for another. They may start due to curiosity after seeing friends or family members use substances. … Continue reading Dual Diagnosis: What Is It and How Do You Get Treatment For It?
So Many Alcoholism and Drug Addiction Myths Although an estimated 40 million Americans suffer from alcoholism or addiction it is still an often misunderstood disease. We have come a long way from the days when treatment for the alcoholic or addict consisted of strapping them to a table and waiting for withdrawals to stop, but … Continue reading Myths about Alcoholism and Drug Abuse
It's the new year ... do you understand the Affordable Care Act? Here is the short version: you are required by law to have health insurance. That doesn't mean you will be thrown in jail if you don't sing-up. However, if you don't purchase a plan, you will face a harsher fine in 2016. For some folks, … Continue reading Addiction and Healthcare 2016
There are so many debates about the kind of language we use when we talk about Substance Abuse and Mental Health. It can be a sensitive topic. For a long time, I was very secretive about referring to myself as an alcoholic. I was embarrassed by that label. To me the word alcoholic equalled "very … Continue reading Definition of Recovery
I just realized it September, which means it is *Recovery Month. Last year I set off to write an article on the “event” and got side tracked. The topic ended up being about an organization called the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence. This year, I am going to stay focused and provide a … Continue reading Recovery, Resources and Drug Awareness
Insurance terms are confusing. Don't be frustrated, because I can help. First of all, health insurers are required to provide you with an easy-to-understand summary about your benefits. This will make it simple to see what kind of coverage you have (including addiction and mental health services). Next, it's important you understand the terms that affect how … Continue reading Confused about Health Insurance?
Admitting you need help is difficult. Seeking recovery for mental, emotional, spiritual, or relationship issues can be particularly challenging. You must also factor in your healthcare options. What services does your healthcare provider cover? Here are some options .... there are quite a few. Psychologist When many people think of a psychologist, the first image that … Continue reading How many types of mental health professionals are there
Social anxiety is the fear of situations that involve interacting with other people. It is also worrying about being negatively judged and evaluated by others. This disorder is chronic and causes problems in almost all areas of a person's life. Since alcohol can reduce stress, it is a quick and easy solution ....
Millions of people with drug and alcohol abuse problems are now eligible for treatment through the Affordable Care Act. Under the Affordable Care Act, all health insurance plans are required to cover substance abuse treatment as one of 10 “essential health benefits” specified in the law. Drug and alcohol abuse should now be approached as a disease with the same protocols of screening, detection and preventative care as heart disease or diabetes.