Blog: Dual Diagnosis

Navigating the Holiday Minefield

by Mary Fran Bontempo Navigating the Holiday Minefield Ah, the holidays! The time of year when worries are sent packing and the world is bright with cheer, love, and lots and lots of temptation, triggers and potential traps for those struggling with addiction.  When families are embroiled in a loved one’s addiction, the holidays can […]


What to Expect if You Are Getting Treatment for Mental Health or Addiction in Pittsburgh, PA

Seeking help for any medical condition can be a harrowing experience. Few things are as scary as seeking help for an addiction disorder. There is a stigma attached to having an addiction disorder, even for people who are seeking help. But you are doing the right thing. Being able to turn away from your old […]


Is Your Alcoholism Caused by Something Bigger? 8 Indicators that it Could be Caused by Depression

Alcoholism can be difficult enough to deal with on its own. Things get more problematic when mental illnesses, such as depression enter the scene. Please see below for some of the common signs of depression and some of their external causes. Recognizing the Signs and Symptoms of Depression Mental health issues such as anxiety, bipolar, […]


Scary Statistics on Dual Diagnosis in Pennsylvania

The statistics on drug use in Pennsylvania alone are horrific. Possibly more terrifying is a large number of people with dual diagnosis here in Pennsylvania who need treatment, but fail to get it. A large part of this is that most addiction rehabilitation centers are not set up to treat dual-diagnosis patients. The numbers in […]


What is Dual Diagnosis? 10 Incredible Benefits of Dual Diagnosis Treatment

In 2012, 8.4 million adults in the US were diagnosed with both a mental illness and a substance addiction. Substance addiction is a problem all across our country. Many people suffer, but people with mental illness present a unique issue. What is dual diagnosis? How can it help people that are dealing with addiction and mental illness at […]


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