Author Archives: Andrea Nest

Dual Diagnosis – Schizoid and Schizotypal Personality Disorders

This is the eighth article in our series on Dual Diagnosis. 
Schizoid personality disorder is characterized by a lack of interest and detachment from social relationships, and an atypically low need for social interactions. This personality disorder often compares to being an introvert, only […]

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Recovery – 5 Helpful Tips For Life After Rehab

During rehab, you’ve probably learned so many valuable life lessons. You’ve talked, went through counseling, accepted advice and discovered the reasons behind your problems and behaviors. Now it’s time to leave this safe place and get back to the real […]

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borderline personality disorder

The Relationship Between Borderline Personality Disorder and Addiction

This is the fifth article in our series on Dual Diagnosis.  
Borderline personality disorder (BPD) is a serious mental illness that characterizes with the inability to regulate emotions. Therefore, the person experiences severe mood swings, a pattern of ongoing changes in […]

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Dual Diagnosis – The Connection Between Addiction and Schizophrenia

This is the fourth article in our series on Dual Diagnosis.
Schizophrenia is a complicated, severe psychiatric disorder often associated with psychotic episodes, persistent delusions, wild behavior, and hallucinations. Other symptoms include bizarre distortions of reality, an absence of emotions and disorganized speech. Simply […]

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Dual Diagnosis: Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and Addiction

This is the third article in our series on Dual Diagnosis.
Through history, many great literature pieces have been written under the shadow of the author’s addiction or mental condition. J.R.R. Tolkien, the author of The Lord of The Rings was an […]

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Dual Diagnosis – The Connection Between Addiction and Depression

This is the second article in our series on Dual Diagnosis. 
Sarah is a thirty-five year old mother of two. She works as a nurse at the local hospital. Her husband,Mark is a teacher. Sarah and Mark always support and care […]

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Dual Diagnosis – The Connection Between Addiction and Mental Illness

This is the first article in our series on Dual Diagnosis. 
Referred to as dual diagnosis (or co-occurring disorders), the combination of addiction and mental illnesses is one of the most commonly occuring conditions. Under the term of dual diagnosis are […]

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rehab treatment

8 Tips to Help you Get Through Rehab Treatment

For some, going to rehab is a waste of time (and money), a dreadful experience that doesn’t affect their recovery in any way. For others, the right rehab treatment will save their life.
Choose you addiction treatment center carefully. Here are […]

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drug overdose

How to Help Someone who Overdosed On Drugs

Every year, the number of people dying from drug overdose increases, with males leading in the number of deaths. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, the number of deaths from all drugs in the U.S. has increased from over 20,000 […]

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5 Ways to Help an Addicted Person Who Doesn’t Want Help

Through the years, we’ve all met a person suffering from some sort of addiction. We have witnessed the immense power of dependency that destroys the person we know. Their body, mind, and spirit. When our loved one is struggling with […]

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