Association with cannabis and psychosis confirmed

Association with cannabis and psychosis confirmed More recent studies have shown clear evidence that marijuana can cause psychotic symptoms. It has been widely recognized that some persons that smoke cannabis are at higher risk of psychotic symptoms such as paranoid thoughts, auditory hallucinations, and delusions. These symptoms mimic symptoms closely related to schizophrenia. Since the […]

What are the principles of effective addiction treatment?

What are the principles of effective addiction treatment? Research shows that combining treatment medications, where available, with behavioral therapy is the best way to ensure success for most patients. Treatment approaches must be tailored to address each patient’s drug abuse patterns and drug-related medical, psychiatric, and social problems. How can medications help treat drug addiction? […]

All drugs of abuse target the brain’s reward system by flooding the circuit with dopamine.

How do drugs work in the brain? Drugs are chemicals. They work in the brain by tapping into the brain’s communication system and interfering with the way nerve cells normally send, receive, and process information. Some drugs, such as marijuana and heroin, can activate neurons because their chemical structure mimics that of a natural neurotransmitter. […]

Co-Occuring Disorders Treatment

Co-occurring mental health and substance abuse disorders are very common and oftentimes overlooked. It has been estimated that 37 percent of alcohol abusers and 53 percent of drug abusers also have at least one serious mental illness. Conversely, it has been estimated that 29 percent of all people diagnosed as mentally ill abuse either alcohol […]

How Vivitrol Treatment Works

How Vivitrol Treatment Works VIVITROL is prescription medication that is given as an injection by a healthcare provider, once a month or every 4 weeks. Usually it is covered by most types of health insurance as long as it’s active. If the insurance is inactive – your healthcare provider will explain to you how to […]

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