Stuart, Florida (PRWEB) February 12, 2014
Aid in Recovery, a full service drug and alcohol treatment center in South Florida, released a statement today commenting on new research that examine s the link between mental illness and drug addiction.
The study (Comorbidity of Severe Psychotic Disorders With Measures of Substance Use, 1/1/2014), which was authored by researchers from Washington University in St. Louis and USC, was undertaken with the aim of comparing substance abuse in individuals with severe mental illnesses with that of substance abuse among the general population.
According to the study, researchers found that individuals with severe psychotic disorders were at an increased risk for smoking, heavy alcohol use (more than 4 drinks per day), heavy marijuana use (more than 21 times per year) as well as recreational drug use. The study pointed out the finding that public health efforts that have successfully decreased smoking among individuals younger than age 30 appear to be ineffective on individuals who suffer from severe psychotic illness.
“Studies like this are eminently important to our field, because they underscore the complexities involved with treating addiction,” said Dr. Michael Lukens, Psychologist at Aid in Recovery. “No two addiction stories are the same. There are some recurring themes, but ultimately we as professionals have to respect that this is a very complex disease we are fighting. We owe it to ourselves and our patients to keep up with the latest research so we can approach our treatment options with an open mind.”
Aid in Recovery is a premier drug and alcohol treatment center. Our approach is defined by recognizing each clients need for a personalized drug and alcohol treatment program. We aren't a hospital-like institution and there’s a good reason for that. We believe that treating each client as an individual is crucial to delivering the best possible patient care. At a busy clinic-like program, it simply isn't possible for a therapist to truly get to know each client and understand their specific needs. To best meet the needs of each patient we treat, we offer a diverse curriculum with a focus on both mind and body designed to meet the individual. We treat every patient as an individual and we work with one patient at a time and guide them to a new life in recovery. To learn more about the specifics of our program, please visit our program details page.
View our drug and alcohol treatment services or give us a call 1-855-223-6171.