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Treatment Methods

REBT Training and the CBT Clinical Pathway

Tuesday, 17 July, 2018

Lifeskills South Florida is proud to support the continuing development of our clinicians through advanced education and skills training opportunities. Recently two of our clinicians attended a Rational-Emotive and Cognitive Behavior Therapy Practicum through the prestigious Albert Ellis Institute in New York City.  Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy can best be explained by a quote from the philosopher Epictetus, “Men are not disturbed by things, but by the views which they take of them.” REBT conceptualizes emotional disturbance as a function of irrational thinking and behavior. Through collaboration between the individual and their therapist, those beliefs are challenged and then replaced with more functional and useful beliefs, leading towards lasting change for the individual. (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…)

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…)

Benefits of Cognitive Remediation Therapy

Thursday, 5 October, 2017

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Cognitive remediation therapy (CRT), also called cognitive enhancement therapy, helps a person learn skills to manage their everyday life. CRT aims to reduce problems with cognition, such as attention, memory, and executive functioning. As a mental illness progresses, cognitive skills suffer and become more impaired. This decline will begin to interfere with a person’s normal functioning in relationships, at work and in school. Cognitive remediation focuses on improving cognitive deficits by interrupting the diminishment of these skills. (more…)

Ethical, Quality, Treatment Centers Still Exist in South Florida

Wednesday, 19 July, 2017

A crackdown on unethical practices throughout the country that take advantage of individuals and families suffering from substance use and mental health disorders in South Florida has brought several unethical and illegal sober living homes, labs and treatment centers to a halt. Although some operators and associates are now in jail or under investigation, there is still work to do.  This is a welcomed move in the right direction. At Lifeskills South Florida we have been paying close attention to the recent spotlight placed on the Florida treatment community by the media, and for those seeking help, we are here to provide true, ethical quality care. (more…)

Inspiring Health and Happiness through Yoga at Lifeskills South Florida: Meet Alice Saltzman

Friday, 12 May, 2017

Alice Saltzman, Certified Yoga Instructor at Lifeskills South Florida, knows firsthand what it means to take health and fitness seriously and make it a priority in one’s life.  “I was a heavy teenager; I was bullied and teased in high school, and as an adult, I made a conscious decision to live a healthier lifestyle through yoga and nutrition.  When I discovered yoga it was the first place I discovered within me that I felt completely safe relaxed and calm.”  Her goal at Lifeskills South Florida is to take her passion for a healthy lifestyle and help clients learn to implement changes in their lives while in treatment so they can be successful in their overall recovery from mental health and addiction.

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Self-Care is Important for Treatment Professionals

Friday, 12 May, 2017

By: Dr. David Ockman, PsyD

Those in mental health and addiction professions often overlook their “self-care” while focusing on others and before it’s too late it takes a toll on their mental and physical health. Interventions, emergencies, ”on-call schedules,” and crisis management with clients and their families are just a few work-related stressors that can lead to poor self-care.

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