By: Michelle Quilter, PsyD, CASAC Frequently, individuals that struggle with substance use disorders battle societal stigma and array of misconceptions about addiction in general, often causing a barrier for seeking treatment. There is progress being made to reduce societal judgment and clarify the myths surrounding substance use disorders. Unfortunately, this progress is happening slowly while
Now in its 29th year, National Recovery Month celebrates the success of those in recovery and helps to raise awareness and understanding of mental health and substance use disorders. This year’s theme, “Join the Voices for Recovery: Invest in Health, Home, Purpose, and Community,” explores how integrated care, an active community, a sense of purpose,
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
In the third part of the Lifeskills South Florida video series Alan Levine, co-founder of Addiction Recovery Legal Services, LLC explains how the Florida Marchman Act helps families.The Marchman Act works in two phases, with the first being assessment and stabilization, and the second being services petition.
It’s time for the holidays, which means a chance to eat, drink, and be merry. But for those struggling with an substance use disorders, 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 a
A recent article stated that to receive more insurance dollars, some South Florida treatment centers are focusing on relapse instead of patient recovery. Over the years there has been a rapid explosion in Florida of troubled treatment centers, group homes and sober homes where many addicts fall deeper into addiction. Florida has more sober homes
By: Dr. Michelle Quilter, PsyD, CASAC Today more than ever, as the United States experiences record breaking-overdose statistics, the public is more exposed to the dangers of addiction. Slowly, the population finds it increasingly harder to ignore or deny the impact of opiates on the American people, with over 33,000 Americans dying from opioid use
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
Cultivating gratitude is an important part of recovery. Gratitude is recognized as one of the foundational virtues in the creation of happiness. If individuals are grateful to be on the road to recovery, then it is less likely they will relapse because they are empowered to move forward. A grateful attitude means they can face
Suffering from a psychiatric or substance use disorder is difficult for everyone; however, when a loved one is suffering and does not want help, it can leave the family confused and helpless. Shame, denial, and disapproval can worsen the situation and make it difficult for a person to reach out for treatment. Regardless of the
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
Many families are affected by a drug or alcohol addiction in some form; studies show that in the United States alone, addiction plagues more than 23 million people during any given year. Of those 23 million, only a fraction will seek treatment for their addiction and their reasons for not seeking treatment will vary.
By: Sara Arce, LMHC, CAP Addiction is a family disease and treatment should be in the context of a family system. It is common for families to respond with dysfunctional and ineffective coping behaviors to the disruptive behaviors of a loved one struggling with substance use and/or psychiatric disorder.
By: Dr. Michelle Quilter PsyD, CASAC At Lifeskills South Florida, clients present to us at various stages in their recovery journey. For some individuals, Lifeskills is their first experience in treatment, and for others, they have struggled through years of addiction and have been in and out of multiple treatment centers. Regardless of where our
According to the first-ever Surgeon General’s Report on Alcohol, Drugs, and Health, in 2015, over 27 million people in the United States reported current use of illicit drugs or misuse of prescription drugs. Drug misuse is becoming a major public health challenge that is taking a toll on individuals, families, and communities. Many neighborhoods are
By: Sara Arce, LMHC, CAP The first step in mental health recovery is seeking treatment. Your treatment journey is supported by clinicians, therapists, and nutritionists, but the most important support is that from your family and loved ones.
When the word ‘Intervention’ gets mentioned, most people will ultimately envision the popular television show on A&E. The show originally debuted in 2005 and documents families that give their addicted friends and family members an ultimatum; to seek treatment and rehabilitation or else! However, most viewers aren’t exposed to the actual selection process of the
“Gratitudeis shown through your actions, not spoken with your words.” A statement my sponsor told me that had a profound impact on the foundation of my recovery. When I first heard people speak of gratitude, especially about being grateful they are addicts, I could not grasp the concept.
Peter Larmon CBHT, CAICI Lifeskills South Florida Peter is a proud member of the PBCSAC Relapse Prevention Task Force. A life-long musician, he has found he is also passionate about recovery. As a person in long-term recovery, which for him means not having used a drink or drug since March 2007, he is working to