With the constant stream of unethical practices in treatment programs, it is time to unite and be ethical. Heather Hayes discusses some of these unethical practices, and what is being done to raise awareness and make changes. She has been a uniting force in our industry and is taking a leadership role in making a difference. Unite for Ethics Now, a group that Heather founded, consists of a Board of Directors made up of parent advocates, addictionologists, treatment center CEOs, government officials, and attorneys. This group is working together to design ethical blueprints of standards and education for good quality care for consumers, providers, and professionals. (more…)
What defines a family varies on a person’s culture, belief systems, and circumstances, and is not necessarily stagnant over time. Family can take on many forms extending beyond the nuclear family one was born into or raised. Whatever the make-up of the family, it is an emotional system where each member influences one another. In family therapy, the effects of addiction and mental illness are viewed as “a family disease,” and impacting all family members even if they are not directly involved. Loved ones of a person suffering from an addiction or mental illness can become overwhelmed and may experience stress and anxiety affecting their health and life satisfaction; leading to poor sleep, sadness, excessive worrying, embarrassment, isolation and can cause interpersonal issues in other relationships as well as affect personal responsibilities. (more…)
Chronic pain affects a significant portion of the United States, with over 100 million Americans suffering, outpacing diabetes and heart disease, according to the American Academy of Pain Medicine. Back pain is the most common pain condition, followed by severe headache and migraine pain. (more…)
Cognitive remediation therapy (CRT), also called cognitive enhancement therapy, helps a person learn skills to manage their everyday life. CRT aims to reduce problems with cognition, such as attention, memory, and executive functioning. As a mental illness progresses, cognitive skills suffer and become more impaired. This decline will begin to interfere with a person’s normal functioning in relationships, at work and in school. Cognitive remediation focuses on improving cognitive deficits by interrupting the diminishment of these skills. (more…)
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…)
Alice Saltzman, Certified Yoga Instructor at Lifeskills South Florida, knows firsthand what it means to take health and fitness seriously and make it a priority in one’s life. “I was a heavy teenager; I was bullied and teased in high school, and as an adult, I made a conscious decision to live a healthier lifestyle through yoga and nutrition. When I discovered yoga it was the first place I discovered within me that I felt completely safe relaxed and calm.” Her goal at Lifeskills South Florida is to take her passion for a healthy lifestyle and help clients learn to implement changes in their lives while in treatment so they can be successful in their overall recovery from mental health and addiction.
Those in mental health and addiction professions often overlook their “self-care” while focusing on others and before it’s too late it takes a toll on their mental and physical health. Interventions, emergencies, ”on-call schedules,” and crisis management with clients and their families are just a few work-related stressors that can lead to poor self-care.
The first step in mental health recovery is seeking treatment. Your treatment journey is supported by clinicians, therapists, and nutritionist, but the most important support is that from your family and loved ones. (more…)
Cognitive processing therapy (CPT) is a type of cognitive behavioral therapy that is evidence-based and has been proven to effectively treat individuals struggling with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Post-traumatic stress disorder is characterized by anxiety from previous traumatic events. The most common symptoms of PTSD include nightmares, flashbacks of the event, depression and increased irritability. Cognitive processing therapy will typically take place over a period of 12 sessions with a therapist and aims to retrain the brain to think differently about the traumatic event.
Co-occurring Disorders, also known as Dual Diagnosis, are on the rise and affect between 7-9 million people in a given year, according to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Service Administration (SAMHSA). When a person is dually diagnosed, it means that they are suffering from a mental health disorder and a substance abuse disorder at the same time. More than 50% of individuals with an addiction to drugs or alcohol also have a mental health disorder.