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Amanda Bynes, who is being treated for severe mental illness, has left the confines of the UCLA Medical Center, where she was being held under a psychiatric hold, which doctors requested due to her concerning state of wellbeing.
The actress has been moved to a private treatment facility outside Los Angeles for “specialized treatment,” the statement from Rick and Lynn Bynes said. The transfer was recommended “by the skilled health care professionals at UCLA,” they said.
The parents also insisted that their troubled daughter was making great strides towards recovery.
It has widely been reported that Bynes is seeking treatment at ritzy Malibu-based rehab The Canyons, however a closely connected inside source insisted that the former child star is at an entirely different rehab facility in the same area, one with a strong focus on mental health.
Bynes will remain in rehab for at least 90 days and depending on her progress will transition to a more freedom-orientated treatment environment.
The actress, who got her start on Nickelodeon with programs “All That” and “The Amanda Show,” faces three misdemeanor charges relating to an incident involving a bong allegedly tossed from her Manhattan apartment in May.
In addition, she also has a DUI case pending in Southern California, while a pair of separate hit-and-run charges against her were dismissed last year.
Bynes was hospitalized for psychiatric evaluation after she allegedly set fire in Californian neighborhood, and was later transferred to UCLA Medical Center for further treatment.
Amanda Bynes is likely seeking treatment at a rehab facility with a dual diagnosis program. She was reportedly diagnosed with schizophrenia and bipolor disorder at UCLA. She also struggles with addiction.
Dual diagnosis therapy treats clients who are addicts and have another form of emotional or mental disorder that puts them at high-risk of relapse. Many drug rehab centers are not equipped to handle the psychiatric element of a co-occurring disorder and traditional therapy is not equipped to handle drug addiction. This is why rehabs with dual diagnosis programs are recommended for people like Amanda Bynes. To find out more about the dual diagnosis program at Palm Partners, give us a call at 1-800-951-6135.
The DSM or Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders is in its 5th edition and in this 5th edition it has made some edits to a disease and word that applies heavily to mine and your life especially if you have found yourself reading this; addiction. The DSM is meant to give doctors and psychiatrists kind of a guide book or bible if you will on how to diagnose disorders and diseases. This guide book should be as correct and science based as possible but due to its edits it has definitely gotten some things wrong, especially when it comes to addiction. Don’t get me wrong though, it has definitely gotten some things right.
This is the opinion: What the DSM 5 gets wrong (and right) about addiction
The DSM 5 has introduced behavioral addictions to the text
What is wrong with this? The DSM 5 has created a slippery slope by introducing the concept of Behavioral Addictions that eventually can spread to make a mental disorder of everything we like to do a lot. Watch out for careless over diagnosis of internet and sex addiction and the development of lucrative treatment programs to exploit these new markets.
What is right with this? The truth is some people need to be diagnosed with the disease of addiction even though they don’t experience the normal suffering of a withdrawal, the buildup of a tolerance and more like substance addicts do. People with gambling problems, sex problems and other behavioral issues can definitely fall under an addictive category but this is tricky and the DSM might have gotten it right but jumped to soon into adding it into the manual.
Substance Abusers or Problem Drinkers will be lumped in with the Hard Core Drug Addicts
What is wrong with this? First time substance abusers will be lumped in the definition of addiction with hard core addicts despite their very different treatment needs and prognosis. Not only does it do this, it also creates a whole new level of stigma against what addiction is. An example would be that someone who isn’t an addict but is diagnosed one based on the DSM 5 would be capable of just quitting. But someone like me wouldn’t be capable of doing that. So now the belief will be held that addicts can just stop. Do you see where I am getting at with this? It is lumping people who don’t really have what I have into a category with me; people who can stop, and don’t end up hurting people. This really could end up making looking addiction look like a moral failing on my part.
What is right with this? Not a whole lot in my opinion. It may save some unfortunate people from moving past the point of just being mere substance abusers or it could do the opposite. I am not really sure what is right about this to be totally honest.
Honestly I am not too qualified to be commenting on the DSM 5. All I know is my own experience with addiction. What do you think?
If you or someone you know is in need of addiction treatment please don’t hesitate to call us at toll free: 800-951-6135
The Affordable Care Act (ACA), formally called The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA), and commonly known as Obamacare, is a federal statute that was signed into law by President Barack Obama on March 23, 2010. It is one of the most significant of laws that overhaul the U.S. healthcare system since the creation of Medicare and Medicaid in 1965.
Simply put, The Affordable Care Act provides for wide-ranging health insurance reforms that will make health insurance available to many more people, lower health care costs, guarantee more health care choices, and enhance the quality of health care for all Americans.
The purpose of the ACA is threefold: to increase both quality and affordability of health insurance, lower the rate of uninsured Americans, and reduce health care cost to the individual and to the government. The Affordable Care Act also requires insurance companies to cover all regardless of pre-existing conditions or sex. Additional reforms intend to decrease costs and increase healthcare outcomes by shifting the system towards quality over quantity through greater competition, regulation, and incentives to simplify the delivery of health care. The overall aim of the ACA is to lower both future deficits and Medicare spending.
The Affordable Care Act and Addiction Treatment
The ACA has ten elements of what is considered to be essential health benefits, and substance abuse and addiction treatment is one. This means that, starting in 2014, all health insurance that is sold on Health Insurance Exchanges or as provided by Medicaid to eligible Americans must offer services for substance use disorders, such as addiction treatment.
By including such benefits in their health insurance plans, more providers can offer and be reimbursed for addiction treatment services, which then results in more people having access to substance abuse treatment. The specific substance abuse services have yet to be determined but will allow those in need to get treatment and help them with recovery.
The Need for Expanded Addiction Treatment
Over the last decade, numerous studies of the population of those suffering with mental health disorders and/or addiction have been conducted. These studies show that people with mental health and/or addiction disorders die at a younger age than those in the general population. Causes of these premature deaths are likely to included treatable health conditions such as heart disease, diabetes, and addiction. For example, people diagnosed with schizophrenia die from these conditions at two to three times the rate of those without these conditions. Those struggling with addictions also have the higher rates of many chronic, life-threatening conditions. A major reason for these high rates of illness and death among people with addiction or mental health conditions has been their lack of contact with primary care services.
The ACA and The Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act
Under The Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act of 2008 (MHPAEA), a group health plan or group health insurance issuer cannot require an additional financial obligation, such as a copayment, or restrict the number of outpatient visits or inpatient days covered on mental health or substance use disorder benefits. The ACA further makes health insurance, in general, more accessible and to more Americans and therefore can help more people who are struggling with addiction. If someone you know is struggling, give us a call at 1-800-951-6135.
Washington University researchers found that some of the same genes may be involved in alcohol dependence and eating disorders.
A recent study reported that genetic risk factors that may cause alcohol dependence or alcoholism have also appeared in men and women who suffer from binging and purging behaviors, bulimia, and for those who suffer from “compensatory behaviors” – better known as starvation, laxative use, or anorexia.
Genes appeared to account for 38 percent to 53 percent of the risk of developing these conditions, and some of the same genetic risk factors that make people susceptible to alcoholism also make them vulnerable to binge eating or purging, according to the study in the September issue of the Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs.
The findings support “the idea that there are common genetic factors contributing to alcohol dependence and these eating disorder symptoms,” lead researcher Melissa Munn-Chernoff, of Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, said in a journal news release.
While other studies have looked at the link between substance abuse and eating disorders, this is the first study to look at men as well as women, Munn-Chernoff said.
Knowing the link between alcoholism and eating disorders can be an important factor in treatment, Munn-Chernoff says.
“When you go to an eating disorder treatment center, they don’t often ask questions about alcoholism. And when you go for alcoholism treatment, they don’t generally ask questions about eating disorder symptoms,” said Munn-Chernoff. “If centers could be aware of that and perhaps treat both problems at the same time, it would be a big help.”
Treatment centers like Palm Partners know there is a link between eating disorders and substance abuse, which is why they offer dual diagnosis treatment. Studies have shown that for people who suffer from substance abuse disorders and mental health problems (such as eating disorders) treating both issues simultaneously is the most effective. For full recovery, treatment must address the whole person, not just the substance abuse disorder.
If you or someone you know is suffering from addiction and a mental health disorder, contact us today at 800-951-6135 to learn more about our dual diagnosis program.
First of all, you may be at risk of alcohol abuse if you already suffer from depression. Research shows that people with depression are at a greater risk of abusing substances and developing addiction. If you find that you have trouble controlling your alcohol intake, you may want to consider treatment for alcohol dependence before your depression worsens.
The Danger of Alcohol and Antidepressants Together
When two drugs are combined, this creates what is known as the synergistic effect or additive effect. This means that a person who can usually drink three glasses of wine before really feel the effects of alcohol is likely to feel drunk after just one of glass. Many people who use alcohol and antidepressants also say that they become dizzy, nauseous, and disoriented when they drink. The bottom line: people on antidepressants need less alcohol than usual in order to get drunk.
Anyone with a mental illness like depression or bipolar disorder not drink alcohol, anyway, whether they are on antidepressants or not. If you want to successfully manage your symptoms of depression, then do not drink alcohol if you are taking an antidepressant.
You may feel more depressed. Alcohol can worsen depression symptoms. Drinking alcohol can render your antidepressant medication ineffective, making your symptoms more difficult to treat. Alcohol may seem to improve your mood in the short term but overall alcohol’s effect increases your depression symptoms.
Your thinking and alertness may be impaired. The combination of alcohol and antidepressants will affect your coordination, judgment, and reaction time more than just alcohol alone. Some combinations may make you sleepy. This can impair your ability drive or do other things that require concentration and attention.
You will more than likely feel sleepy and drowsy. Some antidepressants cause sedation and drowsiness, and these are also side effects of alcohol. Again, when taken together, the additive effect causes things to be intensified.
If you take monoamine oxidase inhibitors (MAOIs), a class of antidepressants, you may be at risk of a dangerous reaction. If you combine alcohol and antidepressants such as MAOIs, this can cause a dangerous spike in blood pressure. Soon after you start drinking, your blood pressure suddenly spikes. There is risk of suffering a stroke and even death.
Danger of Self-Medication: Alcohol and Antidepressants
Because alcohol gives the illusion that you are content and all is right with the world, it can be very tempting to self-medicate your depression symptoms with alcohol. Once the alcohol buzz wears off, however, you find out that you often feel worse mentally than before drinking. You may be one of those sloppy or overly-sentimental, emotional drunks in which case, the embarrassment you feel the next day will only make you feel worse about yourself.
Self-medicating with alcohol can dangerously alter your perception of reality. Depression alone can alter your reality and makes dealing with daily life difficult enough as it is. You don’t need to make things more difficult for yourself.
My Personal Experience with Alcohol and Antidepressants
I honestly wasn’t aware at how risky it is to mix alcohol and antidepressants. I recall, somewhat hazily, one night in particular where I had had only a couple of drinks but started to feel really intoxicated. I was uncomfortably drunk and found it difficult to walk, I remember thinking I just wanted that feeling to end and couldn’t wait to get home.
If you or your loved one is in need of alcohol addiction treatment please give us a call at 800-951-6135.