Covid-19 and OCD The coronavirus has brought about lifestyle changes for all of us during 2020. For those with obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), the societal impacts of the virus can be quite intense. People who suffer from OCD are already predisposed to compulsive behavior, fear of contamination, anxiety, worry, doubt, and fear. And if you throw
Mental illness affects millions of people every year, in fact, just over 47 million adults in the US experienced a mental illness in 2018. These numbers make receiving quality mental health treatment vital. Students who want to prepare for a career path in behavioral healthcare will often find it beneficial to explore internship opportunities that
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
Lifeskills South Florida has been fortunate to work with Paul Gallant of Primary Recovery Services for several years. As a licensed professional counselor and board-certified interventionist, Paul has a strong background in providing services that utilize an individual approach to treatment for mental health and substance use disorders.
Life skills are the abilities that humans acquire to become adaptive and effectively cope with natural changes and challenges throughout the lifespan. These abilities are also known as “psychosocial competencies” and are necessary for developing self-reliance, motivation and maintaining a sense of self-esteem. Lifeskills South Florida helps individuals find their responsibility and encourages independent functioning.
Dr. Moshe Winograd, Ph.D. and Yehuda Alcabes, LCSW, CASAC-G, CSAT attended the Jewish Recovery Center Retreat recently. The retreat provided a great opportunity to learn more about the recovery process from the perspective of both individuals in recovery and their families and understand what helped them. It also provided an opportunity to network with other
As Heather Hayes was gathering information for her speech, A Nation Held Hostage, she created an acronym for a call-to-action in helping fight the mental illness of addiction. RESIST is built around teaching others about respecting those who are fighting the addiction battle and their families, and empowering them to overcome the fear of seeking
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.
Our Partnership Lifeskills South Florida has been fortunate to work with Alan Levine, co-founder of Addiction Recovery Legal Services, LLC, on many complex Marchman Act cases. Since 1990, he has been a member in good standing of The Florida Bar and the United States District Court, Southern District of Florida.
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
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
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.
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
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
Cunning, baffling and powerful are the words used to describe the disease of addiction. On September 5, 2015, CNN published a story depicting the latest trend for covert drug use, vapor pens. A vapor pen, also known as an e-cigarette, heats a liquid substance that in turn is inhaled. The beauty for cigarette smokers is
The media follows and documents everything celebrities do, sometimes to a fault. Their behaviors, many of which we can relate to, are magnified. Eating disorders, substance abuse, suicidal thoughts, impulsivity, and sleep disturbances are all markers of behavioral difficulties associated with Bipolar Disorder.
Hi Stephanie, Thanks for the kind words! I’m truly blessed to be able to come back to D.C. I never thought it was possible. Lifeskills was such an instrumental part of getting me started on my journey and I’m so happy I made the decision to come there instead of doing an IOP in D.C.