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Rethinking Triple Threat

Saturday, February 25, 2017,
Categories: Dual Diagnosis
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I recently received a flood of web inquiries and phone messages from folks seeking help. Here is a sample: 

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What came first? The anxious egg or addicted chicken?

Tuesday, May 5, 2015,
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Funny title about a serious question!

 

Clinicians are faced with a very important task of vetting out whether or not patients presenting anxiety symptoms had those symptoms prior to their addiction, OR whether they developed them as a result of their addiction.  They also must determine whether the symptoms appeared a result of facing the overwhelming need to change their lives – completely. In fact, new research may make this question easier to answer. It is coming to light that at the root of all types of addiction, there is a desire to self-medicate the pain caused by mental illnesses – that includes painful or disturbing symptoms related to excessive anxiety.

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EMDR as an Ideal Treatment for Addiction

Tuesday, May 5, 2015,
Categories: Dual Diagnosis
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This paper is based on a lunch and learn presentation sponsored by Bridges to Recovery and Solid Landings.

EMDR (eye movement de-sensitization and reprocessing) was developed by Francine Shapiro in the late 1980s.   Research has shown that any bilateral stimulation of the brain is therapeutically effective so methods have expanded from eye movements to sound, vibrations, and tapping.  While EMDR was originally used as a treatment for ‘big T’ trauma, it is now utilized for any issue a patient might bring to psychotherapy—‘small t’ trauma accumulation which is actually more difficult to treat than ‘big T’ traumas like war.

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Triple Threat: Beyond Substance Abuse and Other Mental Health Issues

Wednesday, February 18, 2015,
Categories: Dual Diagnosis
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Triple Threat:  Beyond Substance Abuse and Other Mental Health Issues

Until the Eighties, it used to be that clients coming in for treatment were typically corralled into two discrete camps: the mentally ill or the substance abuser. Each had parallel treatment and discrete funding streams. As that decade drew to a close, so appeared the term dual diagnosis, a clinical moniker which appropriately – finally! – acknowledges the reality that those who experience substance abuse disorders were almost always in the throes of one or more concurrent mental health disorders which needed treatment.

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Stress and Anxiety: What We Have in Common with Baboons

Monday, September 16, 2013,
Author: Anonym
Categories: Dual Diagnosis
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These days more then ever I seem to be seeing people who are carrying extra loads of anxiety, stress and anger.

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