Addiction and Codependency: Top 10 Reasons to Stop Enabling the Addict You Love – Part 2

I’m hoping that Part One of this article got you thinking about some of the potential ways you may be enabling the addict in your life, so that you can begin to take the steps necessary to truly help them. It’s understandable if you feel anxious about setting healthy, appropriate boundaries or about making your own self-care a priority. But if you want your addicted loved ones to begin to …

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Addiction and Codependency: Top 10 Reasons to Stop Enabling the Addict You Love – Part 1

We all know that addiction is rampant—it’s a horrific problem for far too many people, all over the world. And even though ‘addiction’ can take many forms, from mind-altering substances to mood-altering behaviours, one thing is for sure: Most everyone on the planet today is either affected by addiction—their own or someone else’s—or they know someone who is. These days, I work primarily with the loved ones of addicts because …

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Nearly a Third of Med Students Have Mental Health Issues

Discovery News, September 1 2015. Thirty percent of medical students have received treatment for a mental health condition and 15 percent have considered suicide — alarming statistics, say experts. “The number of students reporting mental illness or considering suicide is shocking,” Twishaa Sheth, chair of the British Medical Association’s student welfare committee, told Student BMJ. The new analysis of over 1,100 medical students appears in the September issue of the …

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Comorbidity: mental health and substance use at Addiction 2015

Comorbidity (co-occurence) of mental disorders and substance use disorders is widespread and often associated with poor treatment outcome, severe illness course and high service use. People with mental disorders and substance use frequently need care from several different health disciplines. To deliver a holistic care plan for Addiction treatment the communication between all clinicians and service providers need to be coordinated Comorbidity Comorbidity will be addressed at The Australian & New Zealand Addiction …

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The prevalence of cognitive impairment in rural substance treatment participants: The implications for treatment approaches

Cognitive impairment (CI) includes acquired or traumatic brain injury, intellectual disability or Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD). Cognitive impairment is a hidden disability which, for example, affects encounters with people in their surroundings, and can lead to difficulties in relations and contacts with society. A high prevalence of substance use problems has been identified in cognitively impaired people and alcohol use is a frequent contributing factor to acquired brain injury. …

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Drug and Alcohol Addiction

Drug and alcohol are related to 80% of mental issues. They are powerful chemicals able to change our pattern of thought and our behaviour. Most of us would have experienced in our lifetime the effect of these powerful drugs on the brain chemicals. According to the Human Givens model the reasons why humans are not only attracted to them and enjoy a glass of wine but become addicted to alcohol …

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