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Understanding the Need for Ethical Treatment: A Discussion with Heather Hayes

Tuesday, 13 March, 2018

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…)

Understanding Self-Injury in the Context of Trauma and Dissociation

Thursday, 1 March, 2018

By: Lyndsey Karns, PsyD, Licensed Clinical Psychologist

Self-injury or self-mutilation, a seemingly paradoxical coping mechanism, has been widely misunderstood by the public and to some degree by mental health and medical professionals as it relates to trauma and dissociation.  Self-injury can manifest in several forms and degrees of severity, with the object and goal to experience physical pain or discomfort by inflicting bodily harm.  Cutting is the most commonly thought of form of self- injury, but it can include scratching, pinching, hair pulling, punching objects, headbanging, and burning.  Despite its common association with Borderline Personality Disorder, self-injury is not indicative of any specific mental illness or the presence of any mental illness at all. (more…)

Intervention and the Trauma of Addiction: A Discussion with Heather Hayes

Wednesday, 14 February, 2018

Lifeskills South Florida continues our discussion with Heather Hayes as she talks about intervention and trauma and the role they play in addiction.

Heather discusses the complexity of interventions as they deal with impaired brain chemistry, family dynamics and the approach that must be taken to support someone with addiction. She also discusses how traumatic events can lead someone down the destructive path of addiction. (more…)

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…)

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…)

When to Seek Help for your Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

Monday, 19 June, 2017

As a society, we are becoming more familiar and unfortunately accustomed to devastating mass violence events taking place at home and abroad.  However, we see the images flash across the screen of our televisions and social media pages, but many times, we forget the toll events of this magnitude take on one’s mental health. (more…)

Questions to Ask when Choosing a Dual Diagnosis Treatment Center

Monday, 13 March, 2017


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.


Three Important Skills you could Develop from Dialectical Behavior Therapy

Monday, 27 February, 2017


Dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) is a staple treatment method that is offered at most mental health and substance abuse treatment centers in the United States. This method of treatment is a modified form of cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) and was originally created to treat individuals suffering from borderline personality disorder. However, DBT has also been proven to help individuals battling conditions such as eating disorders, depression, anxiety disorders, bipolar disorder and addiction. (more…)

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