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Narcotic Sensitivity Among Mental Illness

Narcotics have an irreversible effect on the brains of people already suffering from mental illness, finds a Montreal researcher.

Dr. Stephane Potvin of the Universitie de Montreal discovered some 33 to 50 percent of psychiatric patients also suffer from drug addiction. His study suggests that drug consumption leads to the deterioration of the cerebral structures.

Moreover, research has shown that people suffering from mental illness, and more specifically schizophrenia, are more sensitive to the effects of drugs.

“They become dependent more quickly and they tend to abuse drugs more easily. It is evident that drug use can worsen the symptoms of mental disease,” says Dr. Potvin.

“The odds that a mental disorder manifests itself in an individual can increase if he or she consumes drugs.”

Potvin is also interested in the support that people suffering from mental illness and drug dependence receive.

Typically resources aren’t the same for both and detoxification centers have a very different approach than centers devoted to those suffering from mental disease.

To rectify this dilemma, Potvin calls for an integrated treatment approach for those suffering mental disease and drug abuse.

Source: University of Montreal

Narcotic Sensitivity Among Mental Illness

Rick Nauert PhD

Rick Nauert, PhDDr. Rick Nauert has over 25 years experience in clinical, administrative and academic healthcare. He is currently an associate professor for Rocky Mountain University of Health Professionals doctoral program in health promotion and wellness. Dr. Nauert began his career as a clinical physical therapist and served as a regional manager for a publicly traded multidisciplinary rehabilitation agency for 12 years. He has masters degrees in health-fitness management and healthcare administration and a doctoral degree from The University of Texas at Austin focused on health care informatics, health administration, health education and health policy. His research efforts included the area of telehealth with a specialty in disease management.

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Nauert PhD, R. (2018). Narcotic Sensitivity Among Mental Illness. Psych Central. Retrieved on January 21, 2019, from
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