a woman concerned about her loved one's behavioral addictions

Understanding Behavioral Addictions

One can have many kinds of addictions, not just addiction to drugs or substances. Behavioral addictions can be equally debilitating, and they can affect the quality of life of the addict. In theory, people can get addicted to many seemingly healthy habits to the point where they affect their productivity or daily life activities. They…

a woman struggling to get out of bed while dealing with dual diagnosis

Coping with a Dual Diagnosis: Tips from the Experts

You, or a family member, may be among the millions of people with “dual diagnosis”—simultaneous substance-abuse problems and mental illness. People with post-traumatic stress disorder, clinical depression, anxiety disorders, or other mental health disorders are particularly vulnerable to falling into addiction via the attempted-self-medication route. What do treatment professionals and mental-health experts say that can…