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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…)

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…)

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…)

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…)

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…)

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…)

Self-Care is Important for Treatment Professionals

Friday, 12 May, 2017

By: Dr. David Ockman, PsyD

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.

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Heroin and Fentanyl Overdoses on the Rise in the Miami, Florida Area

Tuesday, 7 March, 2017

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Since 2013, Jackson Memorial Hospital in Miami, Florida has seen the number of overdoses from both fentanyl and heroin explode. Medical professionals and local officials in the Miami area are searching for ways to help get heroin users into treatment rather than serving jail time. In fact, this effort has caught on nationwide.

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