The reality of suicide is a difficult conversation, but starting it is so important for prevention. Suicide is now the second leading cause of death for young people between the ages of 15 and 24.1 Suicide and suicidal ideation are often the result of untreated mental health conditions. Opening the door for dialogue is the
Think about how many times you frown or smile every day. As different events occur and moods change seemingly every hour, the only constant in life is the present moment you live in. So why attach yourself to a mistake or situation you could’ve done better when there is the potential for better decisions every
If you poll 100 people and ask them what they think their greatest enemy to their personal success is, most of them would say that it’s their own mind. Negative thinking and thought patterns can stop our progress before we even begin moving towards our goals. When the little voice in your head constantly tells
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
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.
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
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
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
The Fourth of July is a time that we celebrate the freedom of our nation, and a time to honor and recognize those that have fought for that freedom. We often forget the challenges that veterans live with once they return home, maybe for a short time, or for a lifetime. The issues that veterans
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
Alice Saltzman, Certified Yoga Instructor at Lifeskills South Florida, knows firsthand what it means to take health and fitness seriously and make it a priority in one’s life. “I was a heavy teenager; I was bullied and teased in high school, and as an adult, I made a conscious decision to live a healthier lifestyle
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.
Discharge planning is an organized treatment plan for a client preparing for life after leaving rehabilitation. Addiction or mental health treatment doesn’t end when a client graduates from a residential or outpatient treatment program. In fact, life after treatment is when recovery truly begins and motivation and recovery skills are really put to the test.
“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.
Let’s get the word out, folks! We have included links to two advertisements for the REEL Recovery Film Festival for posting in twelve step meeting halls, church & coffee shop community bulletin boards and “under a magnet” on the refrigerators of every recovery residence from Port St. Lucie south to Miami.