Category results for "Mental Health"

Better Integration Needed for Treatment of Substance Abuse and Mental Illness

People who suffer from both mental illness and a substance use disorder often receive care from two very different types of systems, creating confusion for patients, their families and clinicians, says Ken Duckworth, MD, Medical Director for the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI).

Drug and Alcohol Use Common Years After Juveniles Released From Detention

Substance use disorders are common five years after juveniles are released from detention, a new study finds. Males are two to three times more likely to use alcohol and drugs compared with females, HealthDay reports.

Prescription Drug Overdoses Overlooked Cause of Some Texas Veteran Deaths

For more than one-third of Texas’ Iraq and Afghanistan veterans who died after leaving the military, the cause was a drug overdose, a deadly combination of drugs, or suicide, according to an investigation by the Austin American-Statesman.

Veterans Struggling With PTSD and Substance Abuse Face Increased Risk of Death

Veterans struggling with post-traumatic stress disorder and substance abuse face an increased risk of death, a new study suggests.

Government Unveils Campaign to Prevent Suicide

The federal government is introducing a national campaign to prevent suicide, CNN reports. The Surgeon General notes that individuals with mental and/or substance use disorders are at increased risk for suicidal behaviors.

Study Finds Elevated Death Rates Shortly After Hospitalization for Substance Abuse

A new study finds elevated rates of suicides and overdose deaths in the month after people have been released from the hospital for substance abuse treatment. Researchers found death rates were substantially higher for those who had been out of the hospital for less than one month, compared with those who had been out for at least one year.

Top 10 Join Together Features of the Summer

In case you missed any of our thought-provoking columns this summer, from individuals such as Rep. Mary Bono Mack of California, Dr. Stuart Gitlow of the American Society of Addiction Medicine, Dr. Sharon Stanliff of the Harm Reduction Coalition and other industry experts, please find our top 10 features of the summer here.

Research Shows Benefits of Combining Treatments for PTSD and Substance Abuse

A new study shows people who are treated for both post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and substance abuse have improved PTSD symptoms, without an increase in severity of substance dependence.

How Affordable Care Act Helps People with Mental Illness and Private Insurance

The Affordable Care Act provides protections that benefit people with mental illness who have private insurance, according to The Health Foundation of Greater Cincinnati.

Teens Fare Better at Substance Abuse Facilities With Comprehensive Mental Health Services

Teenagers who receive substance abuse treatment at facilities with comprehensive mental health services fare better one year later, compared with those treated at facilities with fewer such services, or none at all, a new study finds.

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