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Stigma Surrounding Addiction: A discussion with Heather Hayes

Lifeskills South Florida has worked with Heather Hayes of Heather R. Hayes & Associates on numerous cases involving complex mental health issues and the role they play in addiction. Heather sat down with Klay Weaver, CEO of Lifeskills South Florida, to discuss how the stigma of addiction affects our families today.

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Erasing the Mental Illness and Addiction Stigma

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.

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An Interview with Florida Marchman Attorney Alan Levine – Part 4

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

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

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

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A Nation Held Hostage – An Interview with Interventionist Heather Hayes

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

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Benefits of Cognitive Remediation Therapy

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

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Dual Diagnosis: Treating Depression and Opioid Addiction

Dual diagnosis, also commonly known as co-occurring disorders, is used when individuals experience a mental health disorder and a substance use disorder simultaneously. The Key Substance Use and Mental Health Indicators in the United States noted that of the 10.4 million Americans suffering from a severe mental illness and the 19 million suffering from a

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Lifeskills South Florida: Weathering the Storm

September is National Preparedness Month to focus on planning in the event of a disaster or emergency, and Lifeskills South Florida took that to heart with the approach of Hurricane Irma. From the moment the storm set its sights on the Florida coast, the Lifeskills team went into action, making client safety and well-being, and

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Benefits of Recovery Coaches and Sponsors in Recovery

Recovery Coach or Sponsor: What’s the Benefit? Entering treatment for a mental health disorder or addiction can be life altering and a decision that needs support. In treatment, clinicians help you navigate the path to recovery, and as the journey continues, you may choose to have a recovery coach or a sponsor. A recovery coach

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Is EMDR Beneficial for Treating Trauma and PTSD?

At some point in our life, we will experience a form of trauma.  Often unforeseen, these events can begin and end in an instant or emerge over time.  Traumatic events can affect us for the rest of our lives.  Many people who experience a traumatic event will recover from the symptoms naturally, however; those who

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Ethical, Quality, Treatment Centers Still Exist in South Florida

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

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The Florida Marchman Act and Addiction Treatment

  The Hal. S. Marchman Alcohol and other Drug Service Act of 1993, often simply called the “Marchman Act,” is a legislative act that provides intervention, detention, and assistance for individuals struggling with drug and alcohol abuse. The Marchman Act forces an individual located in Florida into addiction treatment.

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What is Cognitive Processing Therapy?

Cognitive processing therapy (CPT) is a type of cognitive behavioral therapy that is evidence-based and has been proven to effectively treat individuals struggling with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Post-traumatic stress disorder is characterized by anxiety from previous traumatic events. The most common symptoms of PTSD include nightmares, flashbacks of the event, depression and increased irritability.

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Additional Tips for Choosing the Right Dual Diagnosis Treatment Center

Co-occurring Disorders, also known as Dual Diagnosis, are on the rise and affect between 7-9 million people in a given year, according to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Service Administration (SAMHSA). When a person is dually diagnosed, it means that they are suffering from a mental health disorder and a substance abuse disorder at

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Depression and its Impact on Marriages

Depression is a mood disorder that can commonly onset immediately following a breakup or divorce with a partner. However, the condition can also be the leading factor in what caused the split between two people to begin with. Complications with mental health can wreak havoc on relationships which are already imperfect.

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