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5 ways to practice self-love for good mental health

Posted by Jennifer Dellasanta on Feb 9, 2018 10:33:57 AM

What is self-love? This phrase has been receiving a lot of buzz on self-help and wellness blogs, but what does it really mean and how can it affect your mental health?

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Topics: mental health tips

FAQs: Prescription painkillers and opioid addiction

Posted by Jennifer Dellasanta on Feb 1, 2018 2:58:01 PM

Prescription painkillers are prescribed to patients who experience high levels of pain, typically associated with surgical procedures and with chronic pain. Because prescription painkillers are opioid medications, they are effective when it comes to reducing pain but should be taken with caution and under the supervision of a primary care physician due to their highly addictive nature.

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Topics: addiction

Treatment options for depression

Posted by Jennifer Dellasanta on Jan 11, 2018 4:48:02 PM

The National Institute of Mental Health estimates that nearly 19 million adults in the US experience at least one major depressive episode every year. Depression is one of the most common mental health disorders in America. Sometimes referred to as major depressive disorder or clinical depression, it is different from less severe feelings of sadness. The good news is that depression is highly treatable. In this blog, we'll go over how to treat depression.

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Topics: depression

Recovering from heroin addiction

Posted by Jennifer Dellasanta on Jan 8, 2018 2:23:23 PM

Heroin is a highly addictive opioid drug. By 2012, over half a million Americans surveyed by the National Survey on Drug Use and Health reported that they had used heroin in the past year. Treatment that combineds specific addiction medication and behavioral therapy, called medication assisted treatment, has been proven to be effective in treating individuals recovering from heroin addiction. In this blog, you’ll learn more about what heroin is and what your treatment options are when it comes to heroin abuse.

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Topics: medication assisted treatment

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

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