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Why Professional Treatment is Needed for Addiction

At Behavioral Health of the Palm Beaches, we are a drug and alcohol treatment center in Palm Beach offering personalized services for detox, treatment, and more. With professional treatment programs, successful sobriety is attainable. Don’t put sobriety at risk, don’t leave it to chance.

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Former Cardinal Newman star who’s NFL career was cut short is now saving lives

Philadelphia, PA (CBS12) — Chris T Jones took Philadelphia by storm in 1996. The receiver from Cardinal Newman High School and the University of Miami seemed to be on the path of to be a superstar wide receiver. But it all fell apart for him. Now. instead of being an NFL legend, he’s helping others.. whose lives are falling apart Jones works as a supervisor for Behavioral Heath of the Palm Beaches,a drug rehabilitation program, helping those that have lost their way [...]

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Eliminating Stigma From the Inside Out

Eliminating ‘Stigma’ From the Inside Out

Eliminating Addiction Stigma We seem to be constantly trying to change the public’s perception of substance use disorders and of people with substance use disorders. At best progress is slow. The terms “stigma” and “shame” have a lot in common. “Stigma” may be what is inflicted upon us by others. “Shame” is what we carry. We’ve been trying to change the world. That’s hard to do. It’s easier to “have the courage to change the things we can.” Is it possible [...]

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Social Anxiety Disorder and Alcohol Use: I’m SAD! I need a drink!

Being sad is one thing, but suffering from social anxiety disorder (SAD) is a critical point for emotional and psychological correction. Eventually, “wanting” a drink will turn into “needing” alcohol to distract from any personal stresses. For a long time, experts have witnessed that people with anxiety disorders are susceptible to substance abuse and vice versa, but determining which one is the preceding problem forms a stumbling block for diagnosis. An overwhelming conceptual urge to depend on alcohol begins [...]

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SMART/12-Step: It’s not a contest.

A few months ago we began to offer a weekly meeting of SMART (Self-Management and Recovery Training) at Seaside Palm Beach as another tool in the arsenal that a person in recovery can use to maintain abstinence from addictive behaviors.  Twelve-step recovery meetings continue as they always have. The weekly Smart meeting has become popular. I can say that a number of people have integrated SMART into their long-range plan for continued abstinence. I was a little bit surprised at [...]

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The Myth of Drugs and Creativity: Mental Illness’ Role in the Using Artist

The writer sits at his table, a drink in hand and ready for the downing. The painter stands at her canvas, having recently smoked a blunt, and contemplates the pigments on the surface of her latest work. The musician runs on stage, revved up on coke and ready to wow the crowd. Whether touted as an emblem of counter-cultural freedom from the restrictive thinking of mainstream society or reputed to stimulate the imagination, drugs, and creativity have been linked [...]

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How Worried About Fentanyl Should You Be?

If you had never heard about fentanyl before the results of Prince’s autopsy were revealed, you are not alone. The drug has been around for more than 30 years but has managed to fly below the radar of most everyday Americans. Unless you are suffering from excruciating pain after surgery or from advanced cancer, fentanyl has probably been completely invisible to you. With the news now popping up about the number of fentanyl-related overdose deaths, how worried should you [...]

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Does Mandatory Addiction Treatment Work?

Drug and alcohol addiction treatment in the United States has evolved considerably in the last 50 years. Our nation has slowly moved away from the philosophy of incarcerating people with addictions to providing treatment. While it has been shown that treatment is much more successful in helping people with substance use disorders (SUDs) than punishment, the question of whether or not mandatory rehabilitation can be effective remains unanswered. Many subscribe to the belief that an addicted individual must “hit rock [...]

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Where’s the chronic-care approach to this chronic disease?

Most of us know someone with a chronic disease. I think of my friend who has type 1 diabetes. He’s doing OK now, but he has been hospitalized on two occasions in the 25 years I’ve known him. After being discharged from the hospital, he had numerous outpatient appointments with his endocrinologist. The appointments became less frequent as his blood sugar stabilized. To this day, he monitors his blood sugar daily. My friend knows that he has to follow [...]

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