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Dual Diagnosis: Treating Depression and Opioid Addiction

Wednesday, 27 September, 2017

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Dual diagnosis, also commonly known as co-occurring disorders, is used when individuals experience a mental health disorder and a substance use disorder simultaneously. The Key Substance Use and Mental Health Indicators in the United States noted that of the 10.4 million Americans suffering from a severe mental illness and the 19 million suffering from a substance use disorder in the past year, 8.2 million had a co-occurring disorder. (more…)

The Importance of Showing Gratitude in Addiction Recovery

Wednesday, 30 August, 2017

Cultivating gratitude is an important part of recovery. Gratitude is recognized as one of the foundational virtues in the creation of happiness. If individuals are grateful to be on the road to recovery, then it is less likely they will relapse because they are empowered to move forward. A grateful attitude means they can face the challenges that are before them. Although issues may arise, they view it as a chance to grow rather than an obstacle. This positive way of thinking helps them to their goal of recovery. (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…)

The Importance of Having a Relapse Prevention Plan in Addiction Recovery

Tuesday, 27 June, 2017

By: Dr. Michelle Quilter PsyD, CASAC

At Lifeskills South Florida, clients present to us at various stages in their recovery journey.  For some individuals, Lifeskills is their first experience in treatment, and for others, they have struggled through years of addiction and have been in and out of multiple treatment centers. Regardless of where our clients are on this path to recovery, our goal is to assist them in identifying warning signs and barriers to their recovery process to create an effective aftercare plan and maximize each individuals’ chance of success in recovery. (more…)

Recovery is Possible for Substance Use Disorder

Wednesday, 7 June, 2017

According to the first-ever Surgeon General’s Report on Alcohol, Drugs, and Health, in 2015, over 27 million people in the United States reported current use of illicit drugs or misuse of prescription drugs. Drug misuse is becoming a major public health challenge that is taking a toll on individuals, families, and communities. Many neighborhoods are suffering due to the rise of drug-related crime and violence, abuse and neglect of children, and the increased health care costs associated with substance misuse.  The yearly economic impact of illicit drug use is $193 billion annually.

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Four Questions to Ask when Hiring an Interventionist

Monday, 3 April, 2017

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When the word ‘Intervention’ gets mentioned, most people will ultimately envision the popular television show on A&E. The show originally debuted in 2005 and documents families that give their addicted friends and family members an ultimatum; to seek treatment and rehabilitation or else! However, most viewers aren’t exposed to the actual selection process of the interventionist.

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Additional Tips for Choosing the Right Dual Diagnosis Treatment Center

Friday, 24 March, 2017

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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.

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Questions to Ask when Choosing a Dual Diagnosis Treatment Center

Monday, 13 March, 2017

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Dual diagnosis is a medical term that describes an individual that is actively battling both a substance abuse disorder as well as a co-occurring mental or behavioral health disorder. According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), between 7 and 9 million people struggle with both mental disorders and substance abuse during any given year. In fact, more than 50% of individuals that have an addiction to drugs and alcohol also suffer from disorders that often include depression and other mood disordersanxiety, personality disorders and trauma.

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