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How to deal with stress and stay sober during the holidays

Posted by Jennifer Dellasanta on Nov 28, 2017 2:45:14 PM

The holidays can be stressful, particularly if you are coping with anxiety or depression, or if you are trying to maintain sobriety. Learn how to deal with stress during the holidays and follow these tips to boost your mental health throughout the holiday season.

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Topics: Substance Abuse, anxiety

10 facts about substance abuse and addiction

Posted by Jennifer Dellasanta on Nov 21, 2017 11:01:38 AM

Addiction is a complex and chronic disease. There is no one cause or cure for substance abuse, but the good news is recovery is possible. There are ways to achieve and maintain recovery from addictive substances through treatment such as medication assisted treatment (MAT). Here are 10 facts about substance abuse and addiction you may not have known.

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Topics: Substance Abuse, medication assisted treatment

Achieving mental health: What is a psychological evaluation?

Posted by Jennifer Dellasanta on Nov 8, 2017 4:53:35 PM

Psychological evaluations are used to assess and diagnose a person’s psychological strengths and limitations. The goal of the evaluation is to create a holistic view of a person’s mental health at the time of the assessment. The results help psychologists develop informed diagnoses and provide a guide for treatment for their patients and can provide patients a better understanding of themselves.

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Topics: Behavioral health services

Recognizing the signs and symptoms of Substance Use Disorder

Posted by Jennifer Dellasanta on Oct 27, 2017 11:05:26 AM

Substance abuse, also known as Substance Use Disorder, refers to the recurrent use of drugs and/or alcohol that results in clinical or functional impairment. In a survey conducted by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) in 2009, it was estimated that just under 24 million people, aged 12 or older, needed treatment for a substance use disorder.

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Topics: Substance Abuse

Treating opioid dependence: What is Suboxone?

Posted by Jennifer Dellasanta on Oct 20, 2017 9:53:17 AM

Overcoming addiction is possible. With the variety of treatment options available for opioid dependence, patients are able to work towards recovery in a way that is tailored to their specific needs. Medication assisted treatment (MAT), the combination of counseling or behavioral therapy with the use of specialized, specific addiction medication, is one of the safest and most effective ways to recover from addictive substance use.

In this blog, we’ll cover Suboxone, a medication that is used to treat opioid dependence, including addiction to substances such as heroin.

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Topics: Behavioral health services

When a psychiatric evaluation is needed and why

Posted by Jennifer Dellasanta on Oct 11, 2017 11:35:02 AM

The path to mental health is different for everyone. You might begin treatment by speaking to a physician, psychologist, licensed mental health counselor, social worker, or a case manager. If you're curious as to why you can't see a psychiatrist immediately, you might find this blog helpful.

Based on a number of factors, a psychiatric evaluation can be requested. If you were referred for a psychiatric evaluation, or you have a loved one that was, then you probably have questions on what exactly a psychiatric evaluation is and what you can expect.

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Topics: Behavioral health services

Effective parenting skills: Helping your child deal with stress

Posted by Jennifer Dellasanta on Sep 21, 2017 8:05:00 AM

Children often look to their parents for reassurance and guidance. Because young children might still be learning how to cope with new or stressful situations, it’s important for parents to set the tone for what is healthy and appropriate. As a parent, helping your child deal with stress is key.

We’ve shared different effective parenting skills, including ways you can support your child's mental health, as well as valuable coping skills that can help them deal with everyday stress. But, as with all habits, these skills take time and patience to develop.

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Topics: Active Parenting

Treating addiction safely: How to detox the right way

Posted by Jennifer Dellasanta on Sep 15, 2017 10:07:55 AM

Opioid addiction is a growing epidemic that affects millions of Americans each year. In the US, drug overdose is the leading cause of accidental death, and opioid addiction plays a big part in this staggering statistic. In 2015 alone, over 30,000 people overdosed on prescription painkillers or heroin, with numbers rising every year. Preliminary data suggests that anywhere from 59,000 to 65,000 Americans died of a drug overdose in 2016.

Addiction is a complex disease that affects not only the person addicted, but their support system of friends, family, and loved ones as well. Overcoming opioid addiction is possible! There are a few treatment options for opioid dependence, including medication assisted treatment which is available at TTHI Counseling Center.

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Topics: Substance Abuse

Back to school: Mental health tips for college students

Posted by Jennifer Dellasanta on Sep 8, 2017 6:00:22 PM

Going off to college is an exciting time for both students and parents. This milestone comes with big changes, too. Living away from home, gaining independence, meeting new people, and adjusting to a more rigorous and challenging curriculum are some of the things college students will encounter. Here are a few ways you can help support your college student’s mental health as they enter this stage of their life.

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Topics: Mental Health services

Volunteers from The Transition House build a ramp for Florida veteran

Posted by Jennifer Dellasanta on Sep 6, 2017 12:59:41 PM

Charles Prescott, a local Army veteran, was recently in need of some home improvements. Volunteers from The Transition House worked with Home Depot’s Giving Back Program and the Home Builders Institute to provide help.

Charles, who served in Operation Desert Storm, Desert Shield, and Granada, recently underwent triple bypass surgery and is wheelchair bound. He served in the Army for ten years and was discharged after an injury. His current home was not setup to meet his needs, which limited his ability to go in and out of his home.

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Topics: Help for Veterans

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