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Addiction/Substance Abuse

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…)

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…)

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…)

Erasing the Mental Illness and Addiction Stigma

Wednesday, 17 January, 2018

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. (more…)

What should you know about Opioids?

Wednesday, 13 December, 2017

The United States has been thrust into an opioid epidemic, affecting the nation’s public health as well as social and economic welfare. While it may be hard to believe, opioid misuse has been around for some time, with overdose death rates quadrupling since 1999. Opioids, which include prescription opioids, heroin, and fentanyl, killed more than 33,000 people in 2015, with nearly half of overdose deaths involving prescription opioids. According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), 91 Americans die each day from an opioid overdose. The economic burden of opioid misuse in the United States is $78.5 billion a year, which includes the cost of healthcare, lost productivity, treatment, and criminal justice involvement. (more…)

Opioid Addiction Crisis continues to strike Florida

Friday, 17 November, 2017

As part of the National Prescription Drug Take Back Day, the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) did their part to help reduce the opioid crisis. The DEA joined with more than 4,200 local and tribal law enforcement partners to dispose of over 912,305 pounds of potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs at 5,300 collection sites. Now in its eighth year, the event has allowed the DEA to collect over 4,508 tons of prescription drugs.  (more…)

A Nation Held Hostage – An Interview with Interventionist Heather Hayes

Thursday, 26 October, 2017

Lifeskills South Florida has been fortunate to work with Heather Hayes on numerous cases involving mental health and trauma and the role they play in addiction. Heather is an International Certified Hostage Negotiator, and the founder of Heather R. Hayes & Associates, where she helps adolescents/young adults and individuals suffering from trauma, complex mental health issues, and addictive disorders across the spectrum. (more…)

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