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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…)

The Importance of the Family in Residential Treatment

Tuesday, 6 March, 2018

By: Sara Arce, LMHC, CAP, Director of Family Services

What defines a family varies on a person’s culture, belief systems, and circumstances, and is not necessarily stagnant over time. Family can take on many forms extending beyond the nuclear family one was born into or raised. Whatever the make-up of the family, it is an emotional system where each member influences one another. In family therapy, the effects of addiction and mental illness are viewed as “a family disease,” and impacting all family members even if they are not directly involved. Loved ones of a person suffering from an addiction or mental illness can become overwhelmed and may experience stress and anxiety affecting their health and life satisfaction; leading to poor sleep, sadness, excessive worrying, embarrassment, isolation and can cause interpersonal issues in other relationships as well as affect personal responsibilities. (more…)

Resisting the Stigma and Raising Awareness of Addiction: A Discussion with Heather Hayes

Friday, 2 March, 2018

As Heather Hayes was gathering information for her speech, A Nation Held Hostage, she created an acronym for a call-to-action in helping fight the mental illness of addiction. RESIST is built around teaching others about respecting those who are fighting the addiction battle and their families, and empowering them to overcome the fear of seeking ethical treatment for addiction. Sharing information is also part of the acronym, as we need to raise awareness of the signs and symptoms of addiction. There are many resources available for this purpose, and we need to educate others and raise awareness about the stigma surrounding addiction. It is imperative that we send a message to those suffering and their families that they are not alone and safe, ethical treatment available. (more…)

Understanding Self-Injury in the Context of Trauma and Dissociation

Thursday, 1 March, 2018

By: Lyndsey Karns, PsyD, Licensed Clinical Psychologist

Self-injury or self-mutilation, a seemingly paradoxical coping mechanism, has been widely misunderstood by the public and to some degree by mental health and medical professionals as it relates to trauma and dissociation.  Self-injury can manifest in several forms and degrees of severity, with the object and goal to experience physical pain or discomfort by inflicting bodily harm.  Cutting is the most commonly thought of form of self- injury, but it can include scratching, pinching, hair pulling, punching objects, headbanging, and burning.  Despite its common association with Borderline Personality Disorder, self-injury is not indicative of any specific mental illness or the presence of any mental illness at all. (more…)

Intervention and the Trauma of Addiction: A Discussion with Heather Hayes

Wednesday, 14 February, 2018

Lifeskills South Florida continues our discussion with Heather Hayes as she talks about intervention and trauma and the role they play in addiction.

Heather discusses the complexity of interventions as they deal with impaired brain chemistry, family dynamics and the approach that must be taken to support someone with addiction. She also discusses how traumatic events can lead someone down the destructive path of addiction. (more…)

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