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Substance Use Disorders and Suicide

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In 2018, over 48,000 people committed suicide, making it a leading cause of death with incidences more than doubling the number of homicides, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) website. Suicide is the second leading cause of death for young people age 10 to 34, and the fourth leading cause of… Read On »

Training Our Brains to Recognize Positivity

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Our brains are prone to negativity. In neuroscience, scientists and researchers call this the “negativity bias.” Since we are inherently social animals fighting for survival, it’s pertinent for us to take special note of negative situations or feelings, as they might be a threat to our longevity. Unfortunately, we can internalize and catastrophize negative messages… Read On »

The Benefits of Individual and Group Therapy Sessions

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Most treatment programs offer a hybrid of individual and group therapy sessions, which has proven to be effective in creating substantial progress for the healing process. While individual therapy sessions can offer a set pace for a patient’s growth and therapeutic work, the speed of group therapy sessions can be somewhat unpredictable due to the… Read On »

Overdose Awareness Day: What You Need To Know

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International Overdose Awareness Day (IOAD) is a global event held on August 31st each year. IOAD aims to raise awareness of drug overdose and reduce the stigma of a drug-related death.  The United States accounts for over 25% of the estimated number of drug-related deaths worldwide, including overdose deaths. From 1999–2018, almost 450,000 people died… Read On »

Understanding Co-Dependency

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In our efforts to understand the complex human behavior of dependency, we use all kinds of words, phrases, and imagery, which ultimately get in the way of our understanding. Dependence is something inherent to human existence in life on earth. For example, we often use the phrase “like our lives depend on it.” In reality,… Read On »

Quandary in a Conundrum: Addiction and ADHD

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By Dr. John Dyben, DHSc, MCAP, CMHP – Chief Clinical Officer  Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and addiction may have a cozier relationship than many realize, at least according to much of the scientific literature. Recent studies have presented estimates that the prevalence of ADHD in adults with Substance Use Disorders (SUD) might be around… Read On »

Borderline Personality Disorder: Understanding The Complexities

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Borderline Personality Disorder is one of the most commonly misunderstood and misdiagnosed mental illnesses. Because symptoms of Borderline Personality Disorder vary on a broad scale, it is easy to misdiagnose. Millions of men and women who are struggling with Borderline Personality Disorder are not receiving proper clinical diagnoses, treatment plans, or interventions designed to meet their needs.   Problematically, it is… Read On »

A Treatment Strategy For Life

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By Dr. Michael Weiner, PhD, MCAP of Lifespan Recovery Management (LRM) in West Palm Beach, FL. LRM is a private practice dedicated to treating the chronic disorder of addiction without stigma or shame. Prominent addiction research leaders John F. Kelly, PhD, and William White in 2011 published an article titled “Recovery Management: What If We… Read On »

Understanding Origins’ ASAM Certification

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By Dr. Raju Mangrola, M.D. – Chief Psychiatrist, Origins Behavioral HealthCare Origins Behavioral HealthCare is uniquely positioned to provide the most intensive level of treatment for medically and psychiatrically complex patients with substance use disorders. Origins’ program is one of very few that provides treatment at the American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM) Criteria level… Read On »

The Power of Age-Specific Programming

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Brad Sylvain – Vice President of Operations A common misconception I have experienced during my recovery journey, as well as in my professional career in behavioral health, is the idea that someone may be too young or too old to seek treatment. This message leaves us with the mistaken belief that young people are just… Read On »