Dual Diagnosis

Lars Von Trier talks about his Cannes comeback and battle with alcohol addiction
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Danish filmmaker Lars Von Trier needs no introduction and nor does his ongoing battle with alcohol addiction and ouster from Cannes in 2011. In a recent interview to Denmark’s arts platform The Louisiana Museum, the Palme d’Or award-winning director once again opened up about his struggles with addiction and anxiety. Trier said he felt horrible […]

Snow Patrol singer Gary Lightbody reveals his struggles with depression and alcohol
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“Giraffe whisperer” – these are the words used by noted Northern Irish singer and songwriter Gary Lightbody to describe himself on his Twitter handle @garysnowpatrol. However, he doesn’t just whisper when it comes to opening up about his own problem. He speaks up. Even if it’s about his addiction or mental health, which are often […]

Adolescents with mental disorders more likely to be prescribed opioids, finds study
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Adolescents are more vulnerable to the ill effects of an opioid, be it heroin or a prescription painkiller. Usually, pediatricians prescribe opioids to children and teens for injuries and postsurgical pain without cross checking the long-term impact of the drug on their behavioral health. Now, a recent study suggests a surprising proclivity of mental health […]

Aaron Carter on getting sober and smoking weed to relax
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American pop and hip hop singer Aaron Carter recently talked candidly in an exclusive interview about his life-changing experience at a rehab center, his improving health and current state of sobriety. The star admitted that though he has stopped using prescription drugs, he continues to smoke weed as a form of relaxation and finds it […]

Firefighters in US struggling with mental health issues, finds survey
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Firefighters’ duties are among the toughest to follow. Witnessing destruction and loss of lives on a regular basis adversely affects their mental and emotional health. Now, a new survey gives insight into the daily challenges faced by members of this community. According to the survey by NBC-owned stations, in partnership with the International Association of […]

This Ontario couple works for elimination of stigma associated with mental illness and addiction
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Mental health and substance use disorders are serious public health concerns today, preventing millions from enjoying life to the fullest. Such conditions interfere with day-to-day activities, pushing afflicted individuals into the depths of despair and dejection. In light of such a chaotic situation fueled by personal shortcomings and social apathy toward the affected, a new […]

Trump administration still not in favor of allowing medical marijuana for veterans with stress disorders
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President Trump’s administration has refused to support research regarding the efficacy of medical marijuana in treating veterans suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). And the government has refused to buckle in spite of being pressured by various fronts, including the American Legion (nation’s largest wartime veterans service organization). Apparently, any move legitimizing the Department of […]

JAMHI and NCADD merge for better mental health and substance abuse treatment
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The National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence (NCADD) and Juneau Alliance for Mental Health, Inc. (JAMHI) recently merged to expand and diversify mental health and addiction services, and bridge the gaps in treatment in order to serve the community better. The collaboration happened after Linda Landvik took over as the interim executive director of […]

Former employee of Florida’s AHCA gets over 4 years in prison for bribery
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In the latest case of data security breach, a former employee of Florida’s Agency for Health Care Administration (AHCA) from Miami was sentenced to 57 months in federal prison on Dec. 15, 2017.  Bertha Blanco (66) was accused of being involved in improper disclosure of sensitive, nonpublic AHCA reports and information related to skilled nursing […]

Ant McPartlin admits being addicted to prescription drugs

“I was at the point where I would take anything – prescription drugs, non-prescription drugs – and take them with alcohol, which is ridiculous,” admitted TV star Anthony McPartlin, in his very first interview after a stint at the rehab. The 41-year-old, who checked into a rehab in June, following his two-year addiction to painkillers, […]

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