Archive for the 'Substance Abuse' Category

Apr 08 2008

Mental illness and substance abuse disorder

Dual diagnosis refers to the presence of both a severe mental illness and a substance abuse disorder. Integrated dual diagnosis treatment has been shown to work effectively for individuals with both disorders. In this treatment model, one clinician or treatment team provides both mental health and substance abuse treatment services. Many luxury residential dual diagnosis treatment facilities, rehabs and centers in Malibu, CA offer integrated dual diagnosis treatment. As people with mental illnesses, we are also prone to develop problems with alcohol and drug use. This is the definition of dual diagnosis. We tend to use drugs and alcohol for the same reasons that people without a mental illness do, but we are often more sensitive to the negative effects of alcohol and drugs.

The result is that one of every two individuals with severe mental illness has the additional problem of substance abuse, (abuse or dependence related to alcohol or other drugs).

There is good news for dual diagnosis

Most of us with dual diagnosis can achieve recovery, and our lives are much better when we are in recovery. Building a satisfying and meaningful life without drugs or alcohol requires time, support, education, courage, and learning new skills.

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Oct 29 2007

Finding the ability to laugh agian

Published by Suki under Drug Abuse, Substance Abuse

Laugh. Laugh now. Seriously, you better be laughing. Life is about smiling, being a goof, having fun with your friends, playing with your children, going after what makes your heart go thump. Paint, Write. dance. Make money. Love THE ONE. Now, go do it, NOW! Yes you can. I did. I was slave to a crack pipe for 12,582 years. A long ass time. I rolled around the streets of Los Angeles playing BS artist for most of those years. Lying to everyone, stealing from anyone and fooling no one. My substance abuse problem was taking me down, and almost out. I needed help and didn’t even think drugs were the problem. I wanted to be happy, I wanted to be in love, I wanted to go after my dreams. Hah! Fat chance when my only friend was a glass pipe. When I checked into a drug abuse treatment center, I didn’t know what to expect. I never thought I could arrest my drug abuse and I surely didn’t think one of the things that would happen is I would find my ability to laugh again. I did. I’ve been clean and sober for 1-year now and I am having a ball. I am as happy as Ive ever been and you know what I do every day, I laugh. Ha!

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Sep 18 2007

The holes of addiction

The cool thing about alcohol addiction treatment centers is that they really do the job that they set out to do. Let’s be real, treating drug addiction is no easy task. Anyone who has been to one of the many drug & alcohol addiction treatment centers knows that I’m telling the truth. It’s a neat thing to know that someone out there gives a damn about you. In this crazy world that we live in it is almost impossible to imagine that something of that nature even exists. I mean, who would believe that someone would actually care about the well being of a complete stranger. That just doesn’t make sense. Except it does make sense. Caring about perfect strangers and their problems is exactly what alcohol addiction treatment centers do. They take in people who suffer from drug and/or alcohol addictions and they help them get a handle on their lives and the things that are destroying their lives. The rate of success that drug addiction treatment centers maintain is almost as amazing as the way that they consistently help their patients reclaim their sobriety and their lives. So are you thinking about it? If you think that you have a substance abuse addiction you need to make the call.

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Aug 07 2007

To be hooked on any drug is to be a victim of one’s own need

To be hooked on meth…on any drug, I suppose…is to be a victim of one’s own need. That’s how it was with my meth habit, anyway, before I got the private substance abuse treatment that saved my life. My substance abuse treatment program freed from myself, really, and from that overwhelming compulsion to use meth that made my addiction such an overwhelming thing in the first place. I was as good as gone, before I enrolled in an exclusive Los Angeles substance abuse treatment program. But the right decision made a world of difference.


California, of course, has more than its share of substance abuse treatment facilities. They aren’t all the same. The truth is that a substance abuse treatment program is only as good…only as successful…as the environment in which it’s administered…and luxury substance abuse treatment centers are well worth their price. Private substance abuse treatment in Malibu saved my life. Don’t wait any longer to let it start saving yours.

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Jul 24 2007

NO way to sugarcoat Drug Treatment

I wouldn’t be here, today, without drug treatment. Drug abuse ruined my life, but drug treatment saved it: gave me the power get over the Need. I can’t go back, now, to fix everything that heroin destroyed…but at least I can go forward, and convince people like you that drug treatment is the last best chance you’ve got. Please, for your own sake, make the right decision. With so much to lose, you can’t afford to do anything else.


When I was on heroin I wasn’t Me. I was someone, of course…but whoever it was was a stranger to anyone I’d ever believed myself to be. When I was on heroin, all I knew or cared about was Using: the next hit, the next high. With heroin, I was everything I needed to be. Without it, I was nothing.


Heroin abuse ruined my life, if you really want to know. I could try to sugarcoat it, tell you about how I Grew As a Person because of the experience, but that wouldn’t change the thing: wouldn’t change the fact that substance abuse cost me my wife, my kids, my career. If you or someone you care about is a heroin addict, please don’t make the same mistake I did. Don’t ignore the problem. Don’t pretend like it doesn’t exist. Most importantly, don’t be fool enough to believe you can get better on your own.

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