As we take time to show honor and gratitude to our Veterans, it is important to not only remember their sacrifices but also to understand the challenges they face once they return home. (more…)
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…)
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…)
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…)
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 disorders, anxiety, personality disorders and trauma.
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…)