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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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What are the most common mental health disorders?

According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness, an estimated 43.8 million adults experience a mental illness in a given year. Mental illness is defined as a mental, behavioral, or emotional disorder that can vary from no impairment to mild, moderate, or severe. A serious mental illness results in functional impairment and interferes with or

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What is an Emergency Temporary Guardianship?

As a parent or family member, it is difficult to see a loved one become unfit to care for themselves due to a mental illness or substance use disorder. Sometimes, there may be a need for an Emergency Temporary Guardianship (ETG) to protect the individual at risk and help them find proper treatment.  Also known

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Florida institutes welcomed Reforms for Substance Abuse Providers in the Practices of Substance Abuse Service Providers Act

By: John Coleman, MSW, ACSW, Vice President of Clinical Services and Regulatory Compliance South Florida regrettably has suffered from substance abuse programs and recovery residences that have engaged in unethical practices to lure individuals into certain treatment programs using patient “brokers,” inducements to clients, deceptive marketing, and the use of poorly supervised sober living homes.

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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 Importance of Having a Relapse Prevention Plan in Addiction Recovery

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

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When to Seek Help for your Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

As a society, we are becoming more familiar and unfortunately accustomed to devastating mass violence events taking place at home and abroad.  However, we see the images flash across the screen of our televisions and social media pages, but many times, we forget the toll events of this magnitude take on one’s mental health.

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Self-Care is Important for Treatment Professionals

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

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