Stress

Did you know laughing reduces stress and increases your immune system?  Did you know stress is called the silent killer, leading to heart disease, high blood pressure, and heart disease? Some fun and creative ways to reduce stress include baking, lighting candles, walking outside, prayer, playing with pets, having sex with your partner, creating a bucket list, and taking a …

Collaborative Care

You rarely lose when providers engage in systemic collaborative care.  Read this study to learn how collaborative care between family doctors and mental health providers benefits children and teens.

Dentists

A visit to the dentist has the potential to be more than a checkup of our teeth as patients are increasingly screened for medical conditions like heart disease and diabetes. A new study focuses on dental screenings for drug misuse, finding 77 percent of dentists ask patients about illicit drug use, and 54 percent of dentists believe that such screenings …

Addiction Costs

DID YOU KNOW? Addiction is one of the most damaging health problems in the U.S. today and the World Health Organization (WHO) reports that by 2020, mental health and substance use disorders will be a major cause of disability worldwide surpassing physical illness. In 2009, an estimated 23.5 million Americans ages 12 and older required addiction treatment. The societal cost …

Back to School

Back to school headaches are a reality for some children.  Learn how to support your budding student and help them lead a healthy, anxiety free lifestyle.  Back to school can be a wonderful opportunity if approached the right way.  Read more here.

Opioids

Hopefully the small change that is taking place in Florida as a result of two new laws will lead to a bigger change nationwide.  Read this article to learn more about two Florida laws that are slowly but surely reducing the amount of opioids prescribed. If you have questions regarding abuse of or dependency on prescription medication, schedule a consultation today.

Stepfamilies After Divorce

Stepfamilies after divorce When stepfamilies dissolve after a divorce, little is known about the relationships between former stepparents and stepchildren. Now, researchers have found that stepchildren’s views of former stepparents depended on emotional reactions to the divorce, patterns of support or resource exchanges, and parental encouragement or discouragement to continue step-relationships. Whether stepchildren maintained relationships with their former stepparents largely …

Heroin and Prescription Opioids

From Prescription Painkillers to Heroin Heroin use has increased 63 percent over the last 10 years in the United States, experts report. That increase is closely tied to the growing abuse of prescription opioids such as oxycodone (Percocet), hydrocodone (Vicodin) and codeine. An alarming 45 percent of Americans addicted to heroin are also addicted to prescription opioids.  Read here to …

E-Cigarettes

Many studies are reporting the harm of e-cigarettes.  It may be a good rule of thumb that anything you inhale with the exception of good old clean air has the potential to cause harm.  This article identifies secondary harms outside of inhaling e-cigarettes, primarily that it can lead teens directly to smoking tobacco.  Read here for more information on e-cigarettes …

Incarceration and Treatment

I had the opportunity today to support a person in recovery involved in the criminal justice system as a direct result of their addiction. My independent evaluation was included in the sentencing packet presented to the judge. This person is being recommended for a treatment program that will include a MAXIMUM of 6 months incarceration as opposed to the original …