Mental Health andSubstance Use Disorders

Mental Health and Substance Use Disorders

This article will provide a discussion on the relationship between mental disorders and substance use disorders. This will be achieved by initially providing definitions of the various terms which will be utilised in the article, after this, a discussion on the issues around establishing a connection between mental disorders and substance use disorders will be provided. Lastly, there will be a discussion on the common mental disorders that are associated with substance use disorders.

Modern Medicine – Issue 5 2023

Tranquility Acquires Eden Recovery Centre

Tranquility Acquires Eden Recovery Centre

Encircled by majestic beauty in the core of Gauteng’s countryside, Eden Recovery Centre provides an idyllic environment for individuals seeking professional help for substance abuse and mental health challenges. Situated in the premium equestrian suburb of Glenferness, Kyalami, the facility boasts lush gardens and picturesque alcoves that assist in the healing process.

Modern Medicine – Issue 6 2021

COVID and Substance Abuse

COVID and Substance Abuse

Whilst substance abuse can increase the risks associated with a COVID infection, the economic, social and psychological risks of the pandemic can favour and intensify drug abuse, in a potentially dangerous cycle.

Modern Medicine – Issue 2 2021

Substance Abuse Among Healthcare Professionals, a Little Discussed Subject

Substance Abuse Among Healthcare Professionals, a Little Discussed Subject

Healthcare workers are known to have an equal rate of alcohol and illegal drug use as the general public. However, healthcare workers are far more likely to abuse prescription medications. It is estimated that approximately 10% to 14% of all healthcare professionals will misuse drugs or alcohol at some time during their career. Higher rates of abuse have been seen more frequently with benzodiazepines and opioid narcotics. Any healthcare worker who has access to controlled substances is at risk for drug diversion and substance abuse.

Modern Medicine – Issue 6 2019

Treatment of Patients with Opioid Dependence

Treatment of Patients with Opioid Dependence – MM1611

The prevalence of opioid dependence is growing with the increased use of pharmaceutical opioids. A number of effective interventions exist for patients with opioid dependence, including withdrawal services, opioid substitution treatment and psychosocial interventions, supported by self-help groups and harm-reduction services. Although historically most opioid-dependent users have used illicit opioids such as heroin as their primary drug, doctors are more often encountering patients who either misuse pharmaceutical opioid medications not prescribed for them or, alternatively, develop dependence on opioid medications used in the treatment of chronic pain.

Modern Medicine – November 2016

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