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How is the Opioid Epidemic Affecting the United States?

Monday, 21 August, 2017

Recently the Commission on Combating Drug Addiction and the Opioid Crisis led by New Jersey Governor Chris Christie urged President Trump to declare the U.S. opioid crisis a national emergency. Citing the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Commission said that an estimated 142 Americans die daily from a drug overdose. Drug overdoses now kill more people than gun homicides and car crashes combined. In 2015, two-thirds of the drug overdoses were linked to opioids both illegal (e.g., heroin, illicitly manufactured synthetic opioids) and legal (e.g., oxycodone, hydrocodone). (more…)

Florida institutes welcomed Reforms for Substance Abuse Providers in the Practices of Substance Abuse Service Providers Act

Monday, 14 August, 2017

By: John Coleman, MSW, ACSW, Vice President of Clinical Services and Regulatory Compliance

South Florida regrettably has suffered from substance abuse programs and recovery residences that have engaged in unethical practices to lure individuals into certain treatment programs using patient “brokers,” inducements to clients, deceptive marketing, and the use of poorly supervised sober living homes. (more…)

Substance Abuse can Affect Anyone

Thursday, 10 August, 2017

In some way, we have all been touched by substance abuse, maybe we know someone or have a history of it in our family, or we are the one that is abusing drugs or alcohol.  No one is immune from this disorder that has swept across the country.  According to the Surgeon General, in 2015, over 27 million people in the United States reported currently using illicit drugs or misuse of prescription drugs, and over 66 million people reported to binge drinking in the past month. (more…)

Overcoming Obstacles to Treatment – When a Loved One Doesn’t Want Help

Tuesday, 8 August, 2017

Suffering from a psychiatric or substance use disorder is difficult for everyone; however, when a loved one is suffering and does not want help, it can leave the family confused and helpless. Shame, denial, and disapproval can worsen the situation and make it difficult for a person to reach out for treatment. Regardless of the reason, the family will often feel overwhelmed and at times powerless to help. A supportive family is vital to recovery and decreases the damage a mental illness or addiction can have on a loved one’s life. (more…)

Is EMDR Beneficial for Treating Trauma and PTSD?

Wednesday, 2 August, 2017

At some point in our life, we will experience a form of trauma.  Often unforeseen, these events can begin and end in an instant or emerge over time.  Traumatic events can affect us for the rest of our lives.  Many people who experience a traumatic event will recover from the symptoms naturally, however; those who continue to experience symptoms are diagnosed with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Affecting over 7.7 million adults, PTSD is often seen in victims of sexual assault and military veterans. Children can also have PTSD after a traumatic event and may withdraw from friends, refuse to talk or experience frequent stomach aches. (more…)

The Most Common Myths about Addiction

Friday, 28 July, 2017

By: Michelle Quilter, PsyD, CASAC

Frequently, individuals that struggle with addictive disorders battle societal stigma and array of misconceptions about addiction in general. The stigma surrounding addiction is a barrier seeking treatment for addiction. There is progress being made to reduce societal judgment and clarify the myths surrounding the disease of addiction. Unfortunately, this progress is happening slowly while psychiatric and substance abuse problems continue to rise dramatically and expediently throughout the nation. (more…)

Ethical, Quality, Treatment Centers Still Exist in South Florida

Wednesday, 19 July, 2017

A crackdown on unethical practices throughout the country that take advantage of individuals and families suffering from substance use and mental health disorders in South Florida has brought several unethical and illegal sober living homes, labs and treatment centers to a halt. Although some operators and associates are now in jail or under investigation, there is still work to do.  This is a welcomed move in the right direction. At Lifeskills South Florida we have been paying close attention to the recent spotlight placed on the Florida treatment community by the media, and for those seeking help, we are here to provide true, ethical quality care. (more…)

Addiction and the Family

Thursday, 13 July, 2017

By: Sara Arce, LMHC, CAP

Addiction is a family disease and treatment should be in the context of a family system. It is common for families to respond with dysfunctional and ineffective coping behaviors to the disruptive behaviors of a loved one struggling with a substance use and/or psychiatric disorder. (more…)

Lifeskills South Florida offers Individualized Treatment for Military Veterans

Wednesday, 5 July, 2017

The Fourth of July is a time that we celebrate the freedom of our nation, and a time to honor and recognize those that have fought for that freedom.  We often forget the challenges that veterans live with once they return home, maybe for a short time, or for a lifetime.  The issues that veterans struggle with are real, and they vary from person to person. At Lifeskills South Florida, we are proud to provide therapeutic services to veterans.  On average, many our veterans suffer from co-occurring issues, such as some form of substance or alcohol abuse with an additional diagnosis of either Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Major Depressive Disorder, Bipolar Disorder, and Anxiety. (more…)

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