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Music, Wellness and Sleep

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“OK, I will have 8 hours of sleep if I can fall asleep in 10 minutes. Should I get groceries this weekend? I wonder how I did on that test. Work will be so busy tomorrow! 6 hours if I can just get some shut-eye. Maybe I should watch a movie. I need to flip… Read On »

Fentanyl Now Reported as a Leading Cause of Overdose

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Synthetic opioids such as fentanyl have now surpassed heroin as the leading cause of drug overdose deaths. The National Center for Health Statistics, a division of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), estimates that drug overdoses killed 64,070 people in the United States last year. This constitutes a rise of 21% over 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 approximately 25% of the estimated number of drug-related deaths worldwide, including overdose deaths. The number of overdose deaths in… Read On »

Baby Boomers, Addiction, and 12 Step Recovery

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Globally, addiction is on the rise for Baby Boomers. By 2020, the number of Baby Boomers receiving treatment for substance use disorders is expected to triple in the United States. Data released this week demonstrates similar numbers on the rise in the United Kingdom. As we collectively approach the complex issue of addiction within this population, a turn to the… Read On »

12 Step Recovery as a Backbone for Treatment

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Time and time again, I encounter men, women, and family members that try to explain to me that they or their loved one has tried 12 Step recovery and that it doesn’t work for them. As a firm believer in the 12 Steps, as well as a man in recovery, this comment can be disheartening.… Read On »

Barriers Women Face in Recovery Process

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A recent study released in the JAMA Psychiatry Journal revealed that women reported a startling increase in alcoholism and alcohol use disorders over the past decade. As research and healthcare professionals grapple with this data, it is important to consider the complex barriers to alcoholism treatment which women face during the recovery process.    … Read On »

The Link Between Physical Activity and Depression in Older Adults

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Depression is a common phenomenon that is associated with numerous biological and psychological conditions and states. As we age, the likelihood that we will experience depression increases, and it is one of the top three most common mental health diagnoses for older adults. For this reason, many older adults find themselves prescribed medication to treat… Read On »

What is PsychoNeuroPlasticity?

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By Frank Lawlis, Ph.D., A.B.P.P. and Barbara Peavey, Ph.D., M.S. PsyPharm, BCIAC The term PsychoNeuroPlasticity comes from the relative use of neurological measurement technology, illustrating that how the brain is wired contributes to how the person functions and that the brain not only heals itself, but regenerates new connections within itself. Although we have known… Read On »

Family Therapy for Older Adults

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The family is the natural context for healing the older adult and for finding recovery. Family Therapy is a significant part of the treatment process at Hanley Center at Origins for older adults caught in the insidious web of alcoholism and addiction. Family therapy can be described as the art of joining with a family… Read On »

Beloved ‘True Blood’ Star Dies from Fatal Alcohol Detox

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Beloved ‘True Blood’ actor, Nelsan Ellis, passed away this week after complications related to alcoholism and drug addiction.    According to a statement released by Ellis’ family – via his longtime manager – the talented actor had been struggling with alcohol and drug misuse for years. They went on to explain that Ellis attempted to… Read On »