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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…)

An Interview with Florida Marchman Attorney Alan Levine – Part 4

Wednesday, 10 January, 2018

Over the past few weeks Alan Levine, co-founder of Addiction Recovery Legal Services, LLC. has given us in-depth information regarding the Florida Marchman Act.  In our final part of the Lifeskills South Florida video series, Alan discusses the criteria used in the Marchman Act. The threshold for an individual begins when someone is impaired by drugs or alcohol (may not be actively using), and as result of that impairment, their skewed judgment makes them incapable of appreciating the need for further care. The person must also present a harm to themselves or others. Alan also discusses the assessment, timing, and additional strategies of the Marchman Act. (more…)

An Interview with Florida Marchman Act Attorney Alan Levine – Part 2

Wednesday, 27 December, 2017

Alan Levine, co-founder of Addiction Recovery Legal Services, LLC has helped a lot of people and saved many lives through his involvement in over 2,000 Marchman Act cases.  The Marchman Act is a legislative act specific to Florida that provides confidential, a court ordered, assessment, stabilization, and treatment for individuals struggling with substance abuse. Addiction Recovery Legal Services has the expertise to help families as they deal with a loved one’s addiction through the Florida Marchman Act. (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…)

Surviving the Holidays in Addiction Recovery

Wednesday, 29 November, 2017

It’s time for the holidays, which means a chance to eat, drink, and be merry. But for those struggling with an alcohol addiction, it can be tough to navigate and can lead to heightened anxiety. The holiday pressures of money, family, and general stress can be difficult for everyone, but for someone with an alcohol addiction, they can be amplified as they are often the triggers that began the abuse in the first place. The holidays can be an invitation for a destructive relapse, but education and awareness are the most potent lines of defense in attempting to combat a significant problem. (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…)

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