Awareness & Advocacy

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Is Self-Harming Addictive?

Most of us are aware of the more common addictive substances and behaviors. Gambling, shopping, working, internet, or social media use, are just some examples of the various addictive behaviors prevalent in our society. But recent studies have shown that we can add another to that list: self-harm. How can the desire to harm oneself

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What Does It Feel Like Having OCD?

It isn’t always easy to understand a friend or family member with obsessive-compulsive disorder. Many people with loved ones who have the condition wonder, “What does it feel like having OCD?” From the outside looking in, your loved one’s obsessions and compulsions don’t seem to make much sense. They also know their compulsions are illogical

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What Are the Elements of Self-Care?

The concept of putting your oxygen mask on before helping others with theirs isn’t a practice reserved only for airplane emergencies. You can’t fill from an empty cup, either. Although they may sound like overused cliches at this point, that doesn’t make them any less true. Everyone understands the importance of self-care nowadays. A quick

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What Are the 6 Main Points of DBT?

Psychotherapy is crucial for helping individuals with mental health disorders. Since there is no effective one-size-fits-all approach for mental health treatment, different therapeutic modalities are necessary. For example, cognitive behavioral therapy is likely the most popular method for working with people who seek therapy. Dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) is another popular form of psychotherapy. It

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7 Tips to Manage Your Sleep in Mental Health Recovery

Be honest – how many hours of sleep do you get per night? Experts recommend you get between 7 and 9 hours of sleep every night. Do your regular sleeping habits land you anywhere near that number? Plenty of people believe they get that much sleep but scrolling through your phone while lying in bed

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Recovery Month: A Time for Celebration and Hope

It’s easy to feel hopeless and defeated when you’ve struggled with drug and alcohol abuse for years. The addiction cycle keeps many people trapped for months, years, and even decades. One report from the National Institutes of Health revealed that 10% of U.S. adults have drug use disorder at some point during their life. The

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COVID-19 Sends Drug Overdose Deaths Skyrocketing

The COVID-19 pandemic has led to an incredible number of unpredictable circumstances and situations. From increased time spent at home as a result of such factors including job loss, children and young adults being home from school or college, and businesses of all kinds closing, the pandemic created unexpected situations for everyone around the world.

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June: Celebrating Pride!

by Amanda Bassos, M.S.Regional Clinical Outreach Director, Lifeskills South Florida Celebrate pride. Celebrate community. Celebrate you! Pride Month is a beautiful picture of strength with displays of a large community that bans together and unities with a core belief. Pride Month within the LGBTQ+ Community is a beautiful picture of strength. This is a community

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A Healthy, Active Lifestyle at Lifeskills

As we recognize National Nutrition Month, we are focusing on the importance of making informed food choices and developing sound eating and physical activity habits. Nutrition and physical activity play a key role in our physical, emotional, and mental health, which is why at Lifeskills South Florida we use a holistic approach that offers individuals

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What should you know about Opioids?

We are recognizing National Prevention Week, an annual health observance dedicated to increasing the awareness of. and action around, mental health and substance use disorders. Each year different themes are included to focus on major substance use and mental health topics. One of them is Preventing Prescription and opioid misuse. Thinking about this theme, let’s

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National Recovery Month: How do I help?

Now in its 29th year, National Recovery Month celebrates the success of those in recovery and helps to raise awareness and understanding of mental health and substance use disorders.  This year’s theme, “Join the Voices for Recovery: Invest in Health, Home, Purpose, and Community,” explores how integrated care, an active community, a sense of purpose,

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May is Mental Health Month

May is Mental Health Month, a time to raise awareness about mental health, and one of the most recognized mental health awareness events in the country. This year’s theme, Fitness #4Mind4Body, focuses on increasing the understanding of how the body’s various systems impact mental health based on recent research. When we talk about health, we

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National Prescription Drug Take Back Day

National Prescription Drug Take Back Day is Saturday, April 28, 2018, a day that addresses public safety and public health issue. Unused or expired prescriptions drugs can be safely, and responsibly disposed of at locations across the country. Just days after the first Take Back Day In 2010, Congress approved the Controlled Substances Act, which

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How do we recognize the issue and treat alcohol abuse?

Sponsored by the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence, Inc. (NCADD), April is Alcohol Awareness Month, a time set aside to increase awareness, understanding, reduce stigma, and encourage a focus on alcoholism and alcohol-related issues. Alcoholism is not defined by what or when you drink, or how much you drink, but by what happens

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Erasing the Mental Illness and Addiction Stigma

Mental illness and substance use disorders often have a social stigma attached which sparks a lack of compassion from others. The stigma surrounding these illnesses can hinder people from seeking treatment. Those suffering often say the humiliation they feel discourages them from getting treatment and makes their difficulties worse.

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Share Wellness for National Wellness Week

Practicing wellness is essential to behavioral health. During SAMHSA’s 4th annual National Wellness Week, use Facebook and Twitter to share how you enhance your physical, emotional, social, intellectual, spiritual, financial, occupational, and environmental wellness. Use the hashtag #ShareWellness when you post a photo, video, or message of your favorite health and wellness activities.

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