substance abuse

4 Reasons to Seek Treatment During the Holidays

The holidays are a time of happiness and good cheer for many people, bringing friends and families together for celebrations throughout the season. Excitement and joy are at an all-time high as people reflect on their gratitude for the past year and look forward with hope for the year ahead. At the same time, the

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Anxiety Disorders: Affecting Americans By the Millions

Everyone feels nervous or uneasy from time to time. It’s common to experience some restlessness the night before a big presentation at work or to get a bit fidgety on your way to a first date. These feelings of anxiety are a normal reaction to stress and are a natural, expected part of life. They

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Recovery Month: A Time for Celebration and Hope

It’s easy to feel hopeless and defeated when you’ve struggled with drug and alcohol abuse for years. The addiction cycle keeps many people trapped for months, years, and even decades. One report from the National Institutes of Health revealed that 10% of U.S. adults have drug use disorder at some point during their life. The

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COVID-19 Sends Drug Overdose Deaths Skyrocketing

The COVID-19 pandemic has led to an incredible number of unpredictable circumstances and situations. From increased time spent at home as a result of such factors including job loss, children and young adults being home from school or college, and businesses of all kinds closing, the pandemic created unexpected situations for everyone around the world.

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Understanding Alcoholism During Alcohol Awareness Month

Each April marks Alcohol Awareness Month, a campaign to spread the truth about those trapped in the grips of alcohol abuse. Alcohol Awareness Month is sponsored by the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence (NCADD). NCADD encourages communities and organizations to put on events that raise public awareness and educate people on the prevention

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Alcohol Use on the Rise During COVID-19: What Are the Consequences?

As the United States settled into their residences amidst statewide stay-at-home orders, media outlets reported skyrocketing alcohol use during COVID-19. Headlines in major news publishers pointed to rising percentages of alcohol sales during March and April. Concern for the country’s consumption levels grew, too. Newsweek reported a 55 percent increase in alcohol sales over a

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The Most Common Myths about Addiction

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

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National Prescription Drug Take Back Day

National Prescription Drug Take Back Day is Saturday, April 28, 2018, a day that addresses public safety and public health issue. Unused or expired prescriptions drugs can be safely, and responsibly disposed of at locations across the country. Just days after the first Take Back Day In 2010, Congress approved the Controlled Substances Act, which

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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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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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Substance Abuse can Affect Anyone

In some way, we have all been touched by substance abuse, maybe we know someone or have a history of it in our family, or we are the one that is abusing drugs or alcohol.  No one is immune from this disorder that has swept across the country.  According to the Surgeon General, in 2015,

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Recovery is Possible for Substance Use Disorder

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

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Four Questions to Ask when Hiring an Interventionist

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

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Questions to Ask when Choosing a Dual Diagnosis Treatment Center

Dual diagnosis is a medical term that describes an individual that is actively battling both a substance abuse disorder as well as a co-occurring mental or behavioral health disorder. According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), between 7 and 9 million people struggle with both mental disorders and substance abuse during

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Three Important Skills you could Develop from Dialectical Behavior Therapy

Dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) is a staple treatment method that is offered at most mental health and substance abuse treatment centers in the United States. This method of treatment is a modified form of cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) and was originally created to treat individuals suffering from Borderline Personality Disorder. However, DBT has also been

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The Depression and Anxiety Cycle

Depression and anxiety are closely related and they work together in an antagonistic way. Severe anxiety can cause depression due to the overwhelming fear that ‘it’ will not get better. Whether it is a situation, event or a memory from the past, once a person becomes paralyzed with fear depression and hopelessness are just around

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Path of Addiction

Substance abuse is one of the most common addictions that family and friends notice. Addicts will describe initial alcohol and drug abuse as exciting, euphoric and free from worry, a break from responsibility. Others may state they become more confident, likable, and are more successful at work. Some claim they are only social users. What the individual may overlook is the aftermath of destruction that substance abuse leaves behind. Multiple DUIs, dropping out or flunking college semesters, ruined relationships and so on.

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