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Understanding Trauma and PTSD

Wednesday, 27 June, 2018

by: Yehudah Alcabes LCSW, CSAT, CASAC-G, EMDR

There are several misconceptions about PTSD and trauma in general, with many associating it with combat or shell shock. People often imagine a stoic war veteran who appears frozen in time. While this is undoubtedly accurate, today, we have a deeper and more complex understanding of trauma, and it’s a long-term effect. Our understanding of trauma has extended too many other experiences that can have a direct impact on individuals functioning even decades later. Simply put, any experience that one feels extremely unsafe (physically or emotionally) becomes difficult for the brain to process correctly and can have long-term effects on daily functioning. (more…)

Let’s Talk About Suicide

Thursday, 14 June, 2018

The recent deaths of designer Kate Spade and chef Anthony Bourdain have brought suicide and mental illness to the forefront once again. These celebrity deaths are part of a trend showing that suicide rates are on the rise across the globe.  Annually, suicides account for nearly one million deaths globally, and U.S. suicide rates have risen almost 30% since 1999, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), with each state seeing a rise during the period. (more…)

Bipolar Disorder: A True Story

Thursday, 24 May, 2018

We often hear of how mental illness can change a life, but do we understand to what extent? Did you know a mental illness can lead to job loss, family loss, or even jail time?  Mental illness, including bipolar disorder, can lead to all those things, and John can attest to it. (more…)

May is Mental Health Month

Wednesday, 16 May, 2018

MHM ShareableMay 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 tend to think only of our physical health, but often don’t realize that so much of what we do physically impacts us mentally. Five key areas are vital to staying physically and mentally healthy.   (more…)

National Prescription Drug Take Back Day

Wednesday, 25 April, 2018

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 provided the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) with an option develop a permanent process for a safe and convenient way to dispose of prescription drugs. (more…)

How do we recognize the issue and treat alcohol abuse?

Friday, 13 April, 2018

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 when you drink. When drinking causes a problem in relationships, at home, at work, financially, physically, or legally, it is an issue and time to get help. (more…)

A Different Style of Living at Lifeskills South Florida

Monday, 26 March, 2018

Life skills are the abilities that humans acquire to become adaptive and effectively cope with natural changes and challenges throughout the lifespan. These abilities are also known as “psychosocial competencies” and are necessary for developing self-reliance, motivation and maintaining a sense of self-esteem. Lifeskills South Florida helps individuals find their responsibility and encourages independent functioning. Behavioral issues and maladaptive patterns typically stunt natural capabilities and require a supportive and nurturing milieu for moving toward productivity and satisfaction. (more…)

Strengthening Partnerships: Jewish Recovery Center

Wednesday, 21 March, 2018

Jewish Recovery RetreatDr. Moshe Winograd, Ph.D. and Yehuda Alcabes, LCSW, CASAC-G, CSAT attended the Jewish Recovery Center Retreat recently.  The retreat provided a great opportunity to learn more about the recovery process from the perspective of both individuals in recovery and their families and understand what helped them. It also provided an opportunity to network with other professionals and highlight Lifeskills South Florida’s excellence and clinical expertise. (more…)

Understanding the Need for Ethical Treatment: A Discussion with Heather Hayes

Tuesday, 13 March, 2018

With the constant stream of unethical practices in treatment programs, it is time to unite and be ethical.  Heather Hayes discusses some of these unethical practices, and what is being done to raise awareness and make changes. She has been a uniting force in our industry and is taking a leadership role in making a difference. Unite for Ethics Now, a group that Heather founded, consists of a Board of Directors made up of parent advocates, addictionologists, treatment center CEOs, government officials, and attorneys. This group is working together to design ethical blueprints of standards and education for good quality care for consumers, providers, and professionals. (more…)

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