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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.... Read More

The Need for Florida-Based Addiction Treatment

Nefarious. Greedy. Unconscionable. Fraudulent. A few weeks ago on CNBC, the Florida substance abuse treatment industry was dragged through the mud.  This was one of many media blasts showing the industry owners as being nothing but monsters and... Read More

What's Going To Be Different This Time?

It used to be that treatment for overcoming addiction focused on overcoming denial. After all, that is the first step: admitting we are powerless over drugs and alcohol. The problem is that these days patients rarely come to treatment and say, “I... Read More

The Carfentanil Epidemic

Overdose deaths attributed to the use of carfentanil are spiking across the country, and in Palm Beach County alone, 87 deaths have already been attributed to the drug in just a three month span. Carfentanil is a synthetic opioid that is 10,000... Read More

Gender Similarities & Differences in an Addiction Treatment Setting

In order to best serve the addiction population, Behavioral Health of the Palm Beaches, Inc. takes an evidence-based approach to program and clinical structure to accurately treat both males and female with best practice in mind. The clinical day is... Read More

What is Kratom?

As the opioid dependency epidemic continues to ravage the United States, the types of substances used by Americans to further the habit continue to evolve. Heroin that was popular in decades past gave way to prescription opioids in the new millenium... Read More

The management of chronic pain in the treatment setting

Management of Chronic Pain Since graduating from PA school in 2000 I have had the privilege to work in multiple disciplines, including endocrinology and internal medication. However, trying to appropriately and effectively treat the chronic pain... Read More

AGAINST MEDICAL ADVICE (AMA)

Leaving Addiction Treatment AMA “I’m not as bad as these other people.” “I’ve got responsibilities to take care of at home.” “I know what I need to do.”  “I only need detox.” These are some of the most common reasons we hear from clients who want to... Read More

Care for the Caretaker

Care for the caretaker is so important to the families ability to heal and recover. Family caregiving, unlike professional caregiving, may just be one of the most challenging and most complicated roles a family member can take on.   The experience... Read More

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. “... Read More

Your Student May Be Abusing Drugs, & Their Drug of Choice Will Surprise You

Your Student May Be Abusing Drugs, & Their Drug of Choice Will Surprise You “Whenever midterms or finals come around, people come out of the woodwork to beg for my pills.”   At age 21, Kyle Craig, a student at Vanderbilt University, jumped in... Read More

Substance use and abuse among women who engage in hypersexual behaviors

Substance use disorder is highly correlated with hypersexuality among women. In 2013, a total of 21.6 million persons aged 12 or older were classified with substance use dependence within the past year (SAMSHA, 2013); furthermore, 40 million... Read More

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... Read More

Do we really believe that treatment works?

I’ve spent time during the past year or so approaching my colleagues and asking, “What percentage of our patients do you think will be sober/clean in a year? ” I varied my delivery: Sometimes I used “sober,” sometimes “clean.” At times I said “... Read More

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... Read More

Forming Therapeutic Alliances

Way back in 2000 it was my job to begin to develop internship relationships with local colleges and universities. Dr. Tammy Malloy has fully developed that program here at Behavioral Health of the Palm Beaches. It continues to be among the best... Read More

Using extended care to treat addiction in a similar way to a chronic disease

I’ve spent time during the past year or so going up to my colleagues and asking “what percentage of our patients do you think will be sober/clean in a year?” I varied my delivery; sometimes I used “sober,” sometimes, “clean.” At times I said “... Read More

Let’s Stop Overselling 12-Step Recovery

A person recently asked me to what I attribute long term recovery to. I immediately said “Alcoholics Anonymous.” We, as professionals, or those of us who have earned admission to 12-step recovery, tend to spread the message that Alcoholics Anonymous... Read More

Why Storytelling Matters in Addiction Recovery

It seems like newcomers to recovery often ask in 12-step meetings “why do I have to hear the same stories over and over again?” Many times I’ve heard things like: “because it works;” “my sponsor says it’s important;” “just do it;” “stop asking... Read More

Recovery and the Process of Grieving

Most of us, at one time or another have been exposed to Elisabeth Kubler-Ross’s (1969) stages of grief. It’s not the most uplifting topic to think about, but most of us are familiar with these stages: denial, anger, bargaining, depression, and... Read More

To Legalize or Not to Legalize: That Is the Question

There’s an argument, often made by libertarians, that all drugs should be legal. A person’s body is their own domain so what they do to it should be beyond government control. By and large, that sounds like a sound argument, I might agree. In this... Read More

Language Barrier: The Need for Identical Terminology among Patients and Professionals

When I was working in New York I was case managing a patient who needed continuing care in another state. I called a colleague and explained that I had a “dually disordered” patient seeking continuing outpatient care. My patient had primary... Read More

The Role That Kindness Plays in Healing From Addiction

There are a lot of thoroughly professional, good, caring people whom you meet along the road back to good health. I’m not writing a critique of our healthcare system. I’m very grateful for our healthcare system. This is more of an observation based... Read More

American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM) Criteria For Treatment

Over the past few decades, the American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM) has been trying to help define addiction and addiction treatment with the help of the national institutes and agencies (NIAAA, NIDA, CSAT and SAMHSA). Addiction is defined... Read More

People Who Do Not Deserve to Have a Problem: Issues Related to “High-End” Care

Seaside Palm Beach opened the doors to “high-end” treatment for substance use disorders in 2009. I would like to share the experience of having been the first Director, and as a person who has maintained his involvement with Seaside to this day.... Read More

Treating Seniors for Addictive Diseases: It’s a Whole New Ballgame

In 2013 the American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM) designated “seniors” to be a special population. Since that happened a number of quality treatment programs have attempted to enhance the services they provide to senior patients. In my... Read More

If Addiction is a Chronic Disease, We Need a Chronic Care Model to Treat It

I have this friend of mine who has a chronic disease: type 1 diabetes. He’s doing OK now, but he’s been hospitalized on two occasions in the twenty-five years that I’ve known him. After being hospitalized, he had a lot of outpatient appointments... Read More

Are All Paths To Recovery Equal?

I think that we, as addictions professionals, may be inadvertently pushing patients away from 12-step recovery while filling seats at Smart Recovery meetings and causing sales of Rational Recovery to soar. There are over 50,000 12-step meetings... Read More

Eliminating “Shame” From Addiction Treatment and Recovery

Introspection can lead a person to look at the pluses and minuses of life. It will cause a person to look at things that have been done well and things that could have been done better. It can bring about growth through change. That is the spirit... Read More

The Times They Are a-Changin’ …

The culture of recovery is changing. If you haven’t heard anybody say something like “My name is Michael and I’m in long-term recovery,” you will soon. If you haven’t been fortunate enough to see the documentary Anonymous People (Williams, 2012),... Read More

The Importance of Doing Research at a Treatment Center

Donald Mullaney, Ph.D., LCSW, CAP, Michael Weiner, Ph.D., CAP, & John McIlveen, M. Ed.(Abridged version of article submitted to the Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment) Since its inception Behavioral Health of the Palm Beaches (BHOPB) has... Read More