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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Contributors to illicit substance use in university students.

Dr Anna Kokavec presented at the 2015 Australian and New Zealand Addiction Conference and today shares an updated view on the topic of ‘Contribution of personality, motives, coping and licit drugs to illicit substance use in university students’. The aim was to investigate whether a relationship exists between gender, smoking behaviour, and illicit substance use. A total of 343 students from La Trobe University participated in the present study. The …

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Anxiety and addiction

Anxiety In contrast to fear, which is a response to a realistic immediate danger, anxiety is a fearful response occurring in the absence of a specific danger or real threat. According to the National Survey of Mental Health and Wellbeing, anxiety disorders are the most common form of mental disorder in the population with a one-year prevalence of 9.7% in Australian adults. The fear and worry associated with anxiety arises in response …

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How do adults with substance dependence access treatment services? A qualitative descriptive study of help-seeking and behaviour change

Adults are less likely to access health services for substance use disorders, than any other psychiatric disorder, despite high prevalence, morbidity and mortality. Comorbid substance use and psychiatric disorders cause moderate to severe illness and disability, yet only half of people diagnosed perceive the need for and then access health care. Of the people that do access treatment, many drop out or are dissatisfied with the service. This study explored …

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US Research – Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration Report

Researchers of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration reported on Nov 18 that in 2009, 45 million, or 20 percent, of adults aged 18 or older in the U.S. suffered from some mental disorder or mental illness in the past year. Among those with mental illness, 11 million or 4.8 percent had a serious mental illness.The report determined that women were more likely than men to suffer mental …

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