Drug abuse has surged rapidly over the years destroying millions of lives across the world. It not only affects the person addicted to drugs but his or her family and loved ones as well. According to a 2013 report of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), an estimated 246 million people, aged 15 to 64 years, have used an illicit drug. Read more
Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) is often mistaken as an exaggeration of a person’s behavior. OCD, however, is an unsettling manifestation of obsessions and compulsions that result in unwanted and repetitive behavioral patterns. These obsessive and compulsive thoughts and actions do not allow the sufferer to maintain a normal, healthy routine, leading to a plethora of mental health conditions such as anxiety, depression, and even, suicidal tendencies. A lot of times, people struggling with OCD turn to drugs to escape from the pain and embarrassment of OCD, only to worsen their existing symptoms.
Substance abuse is common among people suffering from a mental condition and vice versa. Co-occurrence of a mental condition and a substance use disorder can be seen in many people, with one leading to the another. Such a phenomenon is known as co-occurring disorders or dual diagnosis. Co-existence of an opioid addiction and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is one of the most commonly seen co-occurring disorders. Read more
If you or a loved one has an issue with addiction, your problem may extend further than substance abuse. Please call us for help on this matter and we will give you guidance on how to treat this problem.
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