Alcohol Abuse

How do we recognize the issue and treat alcohol abuse?

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…

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A Different Style of Living at Lifeskills South Florida

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.…

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Raising Awareness of Addiction

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

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…

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Understanding Self-Injury in the Context of Trauma and Dissociation

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…

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trauma of addiction

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

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…

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