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NAVIGATING THE GUILT AND SHAME OF ADDICTION

I have often likened active addiction to an aerial view of a tornado as it tears through town. What’s left in either case, addiction or the tornado’s path, is tremendous destruction. If you look closely, you see the twister jumping over a...

LIVING BEYOND – FIRST RESPONDERS AND ADDICTION: THROUGH THE EYES OF A FIRST RESPONDER

As a first responder and psychologist, I have been in the midst of some of the most horrific and unimaginable scenes. All the training in the world can never prepare your visual mind or your sense of smell associated with fire related...

DRUGS AND THE BLACK AMERICAN SONGBOOK

Heroin (Diacetylmorphine), a semi-synthetic narcotic derived from morphine, was created in 1847 by a chemist at St. Mary’s Hospital Medical School in London and used as a cold medication for children. The drug was marketed as a remedy for tuberculosis, laryngitis, and...

WHY IS OUTPATIENT MAT THE FUTURE OF ADDICTION TREATMENT?

There have occurred dramatic advances in the treatment of SUD (substance use disorders) in the last decade. Treatment models have evolved from pure abstinence and social context approaches to a new paradigm which incorporates the biological, social, and behavioral components of this...

How Do You Win The War When You Don’t Know Who The Enemy Is?

What’s the war? It’s the physiological and emotional reactions to the neurotransmitter imbalances within your physiology, which expresses as an addiction and/or abuse of drugs and alcohol.  Who’s the enemy? The specific neurotransmitter levels involved in the creation of less than...

ADDICTION – A FAMILY’S WORST NIGHTMARE

There are only a few words in the English language that can evoke more pain and wider range of emotions in a parent than, “your child is addicted to drugs.” It doesn’t matter if it’s the first time a parent hears it...

BULLYING IN THE 21ST CENTURY

Oftentimes when we think of bullying, an ordinary school room or cafeteria comes to mind. But imagine instead a chat room, or imagine utilizing Facebook to extensively harass and bully another individual. This is what bullying often looks like for today’s youth....

FEELING DEPRESSED? TEN GUIDELINES FOR STARTING DEPRESSION RECOVERY

Depression is a serious problem that leads to relapse for many recovering people. The book, Depression and Relapse, helps people understand how similar tools can be used to treat both illnesses simultaneously. Here’s a list of ten simple...

HOW FAMILY MEMBERS CAN MOVE FROM FEAR TO LOVE AND HELP THEMSELVES AND THEIR LOVED ONE’S HEAL

Have you ever seen the X-Men character Wolverine where claws magically emerge from his knuckles when he needs them and then go back in when he doesn’t? If you are a family member impacted by a loved one’s Substance...

COLLEGE MENTAL HEALTH: A CHECKLIST FOR PARENTS

Be sure to learn more about what resources are available at your child’s college or university to help support their mental health Approximately four million students have enrolled in college for the first time this year. This transition to...

ADDICTION AND STIGMA DON’T DISCRIMINATE

Wayne is one of many Deconstructing Stigma participants who is bravely sharing his story of addiction and recovery Addiction doesn’t discriminate. It doesn’t matter how old you are, where you are from, how much money you make, or how...

MICHAEL’S GIFT

There he was. My precious baby boy. My first child. It was instant love. I was a mother dedicated to doing everything I could for my baby so that he would grow up to be a strong, kind man. It didn’t turn...

DEPRESSION AND RELAPSE UNDERSTANDING DEPRESSION AND HOW IT IMPACTS RECOVERY

Depression and Substance Use DisordersDepression is the most common behavioral health diagnosis among adults. An estimated 300 million people around the world suffer from depression according to the World Health Organization. In the United States, the National Institute of Mental Health estimates...

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ABOUT THE MARCHMAN ACT

Families of individuals with substance use disorders and co-occurring mental health disorders ask many questions about the Marchman Act. The following are frequently asked questions we receive in our office and the responses. Q- Does the Marchman Act work?...

THE FIGHT AGAINST FENTANYL – WHAT YOU DON’T KNOW

As the opioid crisis continues to rage on around the country, drugs such as oxycodone, heroin, and hydrocodone have all seen increases in drug overdose deaths in the past two decades. With that said, one drug has soared above the rest when...

PSYCHEDELIC DRUGS SHOW PROMISE AS AN EFFECTIVE ADDICTION THERAPY – NO YOU ARE NOT HALLUCINATING

One of the greatest sources of consternation in my life is the way our political leaders and lawmakers continue to respond to the greatest drug epidemic the world has ever seen. In 2017 and sourced from the most current data available, over...

SEARCHING FOR OUR TRIBE

Although we savor the freedom to be ourselves, and, not withstanding our lifelong quest to be who we will become, we instinctively seek something more. We struggle against autonomy and dependence, against solitude and togetherness. We need people in...

A Love So Strong

SOMETIMES YOU JUST CAN’T GET THERE FROM HERE – A REVIEW OF THE OFFICE OF NATIONAL DRUG CONTROL POLICY AND ITS DIRECTOR

A few months ago, USA Today ran a damning report titled: “U.S. deaths from alcohol, drugs and suicide hit highest level since record-keeping began.” This wasn’t a human interest story so we didn’t get to know these folks for who they really...

A PAINFUL TRUTH ABOUT THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN RETIREMENT AND ADDICTIVE ILLNESS

During the last three years of my employment as a psychotherapist for a psychiatry program in a busy medical school practice, I found that my pending retirement at age 70 was inviting a number of referrals for same-age individuals not coping well...

CURRENT ISSUE

Retreat Premier Addiction Treatment Centers offers addiction services from medically monitored detox, residential rehabilitation and outpatient aftercare services, providing a full continuum of care. We work with most commercial insurers, offer 24/7 admissions and complimentary ground transportation. We have locations in Lancaster County, PA and Palm Beach County, FL. as well as the future opening of Retreat at Southern Connecticut in New Haven, CT. At Retreat we pride ourselves in providing a compassionate and spiritual environment for those struggling with addiction in a secure and comfortable setting with dedicated and caring staff.

Villa Tranquil is a unique transitional sober living program that helps women continue their path in recovery from addictions in Jupiter, Florida. Following their treatment experience, Villa Tranquil helps women continue their process and lifestyle of addiction recovery. From the first day that individuals join the Villa Tranquil community, they are welcomed into a comfortable home and experience the trust and safety that we have incorporated into every moment of the transitional sober living experience. Our program is rooted in the 12-step recovery process, where clients and their families will feel the support of the fellowship of the program. We value the importance of creating a community where respect and healthy relationships guide the culture.

The popular Be A Loving Mirror (BALM) Family Recovery curriculum has become the go-to program for families looking to get their lives back AND help their loved ones get and stay in recovery. Our two-prong approach will help you move from obstacle to chief support using powerful research-based tools.

The BALM Family Recovery Life Coach Training Program provides 164+ hours of training, experiencing, and being immersed in the world of BALM and Family Recovery Life Coaching. This program is the first and only full, supercharged ICF-ACTP (International Coach Federation Accredited Coach Training Program to focus on family recovery! Through this program you can develop  purposeful work that saves lives, adds professionalism to your ongoing passion, and is emotionally satisfying.

What Is the Beit T’Shuvah Difference:

        • 31-years of Trailblazing Holistic Care

        • Wraparound Services

        • Long-Term Residential Treatment

        • Integrated Treatment Teams

        • Helping Residents Discover their Purpose

Wayside House in Delray Beach has since 1974 offered residential and outpatient services, plus day/night services for women 18 and older suffering from addiction and co-occurring conditions such as eating disorders. In addition to therapeutic services, we provide a wide range of holistic programs including equine, art and horticulture therapy, parenting, yoga and meditation. We also have a full-service employment preparation and placement program.

The recovery industry is experiencing faster changes today than they have ever experienced in the history of addiction. These changes and challenges will undoubtedly create an industry that does not look anything like it does today. I am Jeffrey Lynne, and I have been advocating for the rights of those in recovery since I began working in private practice.

First Step is a detoxification center providing personalized care and assistance for patients dealing with various types of substance abuse. Our team has many years of experience helping people successfully recover using proven protocols to detox.

CenterPointe Hospital, located near St. Louis in the beautiful rolling hills along the Missouri River, provides a full continuum of addiction treatment at our Changing Pointe Addiction Treatment Center including detox, 4 weeks of residential treatment, outpatient treatment, medication-assisted treatment, family support groups and aftercare for life. Our dedicated and highly trained staff provide treatment that addresses the complexities of addiction as well as underlying mental health issues that often accompany addiction such as depression, anxiety, trauma and other emotional issues. Let this be your changing point in life! For more information call 800-345-5407

The Recovery Research Network (TRRN) is a licensed outpatient adult substance use disorder treatment facility in Lake Worth, Florida. TRRN has developed a treatment platform that includes a health outcome tracking evaluation software to individualize treatment in order to mitigate relapse and support long-term recovery.  TRRN offers comprehensive substance use disorder treatment, including medication to support recovery as appropriate.  Additionally, The Recovery Research Network Foundation (TRRNF), a 501(3)(c), is active in engaging the local community to reduce the stigma, increase education, and support chronic disease management.

The Delray Center is one of the most advanced outpatient treatment centers in the United States. The Center incorporates the most effective evidence based psychological and medical therapies to provide comprehensive outpatient treatment of Substance Abuse, Eating Disorders, Major Depression, Anxiety Disorders, Bipolar Disorder, Trauma, Personality Disorders, and Addiction.

Sunset House is a licensed, residential Treatment Program classified as a level 4 transitional care house, according to DCF. This includes providing 24 hour paid staff coverage seven days per week.

The popular Be A Loving Mirror (BALM) Family Recovery curriculum has become the go-to program for families looking to get their lives back AND help their loved ones get and stay in recovery. Our two-prong approach will help you move from obstacle to chief support using powerful research-based tools.

Through this program you can develop purposeful work that saves lives, adds professionalism to your ongoing passion, and is emotionally satisfying. In addition, this prosperous career path can give you a flexible schedule, allow you to develop a sustainable to high income in a high demand field, and allow you to work from home or wherever you are in the world.

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GROWING UP STONED – THE IMPACT AND OUTCOMES OF CANNABIS ON...

In part one, we culled the scientific literature and presented the best available research to bring forth the facts amid the current controversy. Framing...

LIVING BEYOND

Codependence In Men

Addiction

ADDICTION & CODEPENDENCY IN THE MIDST OF A NATIONAL CRISIS

We are a nation in crisis. There is hardly a family that has not been affected by addiction. The statistics on the matter of...

THE KAVA AND KRATOM CRISIS

The recovery industry is experiencing faster changes today than they have ever experienced in the history of addiction. These changes and challenges will undoubtedly create an industry that does not look anything like it does today. I am Jeffrey Lynne, and I have been advocating for the rights of those in recovery since I began working in private practice.

Mental Health First Aid is an 8-hour course that teaches you how to help someone who is developing a mental health problem or experiencing a mental health crisis. The training helps you identify, understand, and respond to signs of mental illnesses and substance use disorders.

Joe Considine has practiced law in South Florida since 1983. His practice is limited to family law and addiction related law including the Marchman Act. Joe works extensively with families whose loved ones have substance abuse and mental health problems as an attorney.

Emotionally Naked is a growing village of changemakers focused on all the taboo subjects no wants to talk about: mental illness, addiction, suicide, and grief. The site is in memory of Charles Aubrey Rogers who died by suicide 6/5/2015 in Richmond, Virginia. He suffered from depression and addiction

Not All Aftercare Programs Are The Same! We will help you build a foundation tailored to your specific needs that will support and promote your recovery with evidenced – based and scientifically proven therapies. Help in just one phone call away 786-271-5732.

Palm Beach Outpatient Detox specializes in the personal and direct
treatments for the detoxification of opiates, alcohol and benzodiazepines.
Our success is based on treating both the physical and psychosocial
components of addiction.  Not only does Dr. Scanlan tailor and closely
monitor each patient's detoxification from drugs or alcohol based on each
patient's particular medical needs, he also helps each patient begin a life
of sobriety by introducing them to the principles of recovery.

Bluff Plantation Augusta, GA
Positive Sobriety Institute Chicago, ILL
Malibu Beach Recovery Centers Malibu, CA

We are a national organization- with meetings throughout the U.S. Parents with a child addicted to drugs and/or alcohol can find hope in a support program called Parents of Addicted Loved-ones (PAL). Meetings are held around the U.S. and are expanding monthly. PAL meetings are open to anyone of any faith or background as our primary goal is to provide hope through education and support for parents dealing with addicted loved ones. The guiding principles of PAL are confidentiality, respect, acceptance and support. Differences in opinion are embraced without judgment and suggestions are offered in lieu of advice. Members are encouraged to “take what works and leave the rest.” Everyone experiences the journey at their own pace and is supported by the group regardless.